Why Catholic transfers are still a long way off
DON'T hold your breath -- there won't be a massive handover of primary schools by the Catholic Church just yet.
In the 'new-speak' of the Department of Education's press release, the Church has to "trial the modalities" by which the number of Catholic schools can be reduced. Put in plain English, a few pilot schemes will have to be selected before real progress can be made.
The decision on which particular Catholic school or schools are to be "trialled" will ultimately rest with the bishop, as patron, and the Catholic community in the parish concerned.