I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department received an application for the provision of additional accommodation at the school referred to in respect of both classroom and ancillary accommodation.
When assessing the application it was noted that the existing school accommodation comprises of four mainstream classrooms, two special education teaching, SET rooms, a library/computer room, staff room and a general office. With a staffing complement of four mainstream teachers and one SET teacher it was determined that, as there was no deficit of mainstream class accommodation, additional accommodation is not required at this point.
My Department has written to the school authority to convey the position.
It is open to the school authority to submit additional information that may not have been provided with the original application e.g. confirmation of the appointment of an additional mainstream teacher. Any additional information submitted will be considered by my Department and a response will be conveyed directly to the school.