Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin 2:15 pm, 12th March 2013

There is no legal impediment.  What the management of the school would look like going into the future would have to be worked out.  However, I am not aware of any legal impediment to a maintained school and a controlled school or any other combination of schools coming together.  That would have to be dealt with through the development proposal process, and a management type would have to be agreed between the proposers, which would come to my Department for agreement.  I am not aware of any legal impediment to stop them doing so.