St Patrick’s Girls’ National School and St Patrick’s boys’ National School both gave a joint proposal to the Department of Education in September 2019 to open 4 special classes; 2 for each school. This proposal involved demolishing the existing PE hall in the back yard and constructing a new build to house the 4 classrooms, sensory areas, PE hall, kitchen and garden facilities. We are delighted that this was approved by the Department of Education in April 2020. Both principals and Board of Managements have been working on this project and to date, all contractors and an architect have been appointed. At present, there are site surveys taking place at present with the hope that we can then move onto drawing up plans and apply for planning permission. The end date for the project hopes to be autumn 2024.