Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/03/2014. Tags: Education And Politics
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced that four primary schools
are expected to open this September under the patronage of Educate Together. This development is part of the process of primary school divestment and follows surveys of parents on patronage choice in some 43 towns.
New schools are intended to open in Tramore, Co. Waterford, Trim, Co. Meath, and Malahide, Co. Dublin in September 2014. In Ballina, Co Mayo, Minister Quinn has confirmed that the transfer of a Church of Ireland school (Newtownwhite N.S., Ballysokerry
) to Educate Together patronage is also under discussion. This follows the agreement of the Church of Ireland Bishop and local parents to a change of patronage.
In addition, Minister Quinn confirmed that the former Scoil San Seamus school building in Basin Lane, Dublin 8 will be in use from September by an Educate Together school which opened in temporary accommodation last September.
Minister Quinn welcomed the progress made to date in discussions with patrons following the divesting surveys. While permanent buildings are not yet available for the schools in three areas, Trim, Tramore and Malahide, he has given the go-ahead for the schools in temporary start-up accommodation in order to meet parental demand for greater choice of primary schools.
“Discussions are continuing to take place with the main Catholic patrons in these and in a number of other areas to identify and secure permanent accommodation. The engagement with patrons so far has been open and generous. I am sure that with the co-operation of all concerned and with the support of my Department, further progress can be achieved,” said Minister Quinn.
The three locations, Trim, Tramore and Malahide, were selected following discussions with the existing Catholic patrons on the potential for permanent accommodation options and discussions with Educate Together on their priorities for initial start-up areas.
“I am conscious of the lead in period necessary for establishing a new school: the advertising of the school, the enrolment process, appointment of the Principal, obtaining planning permission where required and other matters. The Department is working closely with Educate Together to secure temporary accommodation to allow it to open new schools serving new communities in September.”
The process of divestment of primary schools is part of the implementation of recommendations from the 2012 report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector.
Source DOE Press Release