WORK to rebuild the borough's most dilapidated school will not begin for two years.
Archbishop Lanfranc was given fresh hope of desperately needed repairs when it was included in the Government's Priority School Building Programme last June.
Last month head teacher David Clark spoke of his frustration at being left in the dark about what the building work would involve and when it would begin.
The Department for Education (DfE) told the Advertiser this week that feasibility work would start by September. This will involve the Education Funding Agency appointing a technical adviser to scope the building project before contractors are invited to bid for the work.
It declined to reveal whether this would mean renovation of the existing buildings on Mitcham Road, which sit on a former landfill site, or an entirely new build.
A DfE spokesperson said: "Decisions will be made on a case by case basis following an expert review of the existing buildings."
It expects work to start in 2015.
Mr Clark described the answer as "strictly according to script".
He added: "It just underlines the frustration. We shall have to continue the best we can for the foreseeable future."