With regard to the school to which the Deputy refers work is currently ongoing in relation to sourcing interim accommodation. I can confirm that the school will open in September 2021 in suitable interim accommodation pending delivery of its permanent building.
The permanent school building project, for the school referred to by the Deputy, has been assigned to my Department’s Design & Build delivery programme.
The Design and Build delivery programme uses a professional external Project Manager to progress the project through the relevant stages of architectural planning, tender and construction. Architectural Planning has commenced with site surveys completed and design development underway and a pre-planning meeting has been held with the local authority.
It is expected that the planning application for this school will be lodged in Quarter 2 2021. Until such time as the necessary statutory approvals have been secured, it is not possible to provide an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project to tender and construction stages.