The Gibraltar government announced this week that there has been significant progress in its massive project to update local schools.
Construction of Notre Dame School at Laguna Estate is advancing well, and it is due to open this year. At that time the present Notre Dame school will be demolished and building will start on the new St Anne's School. Users of the area where the two new comprehensive schools will be built are currently being reallocated. Demolition is expected to commence in March, and construction there is due to begin in April.
The project, which the government announced last October and described as “revolutionary”, involves creating eight new schools including two purpose-built comprehensives in Waterport, and refurbishing four others. The entire project is due to be completed by September 2019.
The president of the Gibraltar Teachers Association, Victor Gonzalez, recently told local media that staff at Westside Comprehensive School, Governor's Meadow, Bishop Fitzgerald and St Martin's were unhappy about the government's project to revolutionise education in Gibraltar, and the GTA claimed that teachers had not been consulted about the new schools. However, some senior teachers have refuted this and in a statement issued earlier this week the government stressed that staff are being fully involved in the discussions and plans. The Chief Minister and the Minister for Education will also be visiting the schools over the coming days and weeks to engage with teaching and support staff, discuss concerns and clarify issues.