Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/04/2013. Tags: Education And Politics
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has invited patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new primary schools due to be established in September 2014.
The four new schools will be in Midleton, Cork; Swords, Dublin Fingal; Sandymount/Ringsend, Dublin South; and Galway City West (Knocknacarra).
Yesterday's announcement is the continuation of a process which began in June 2011 when the Minister announced that 20 primary schools and 20 new post-primary schools were to be established up to 2017 across a number of locations to cater for increasing pupil numbers.
Inviting the applications from interested patron bodies today, Minister Quinn said, "Parental demand is the key issue in deciding who should be awarded patronage of these new primary schools.
The criteria for recognition of new schools were set out in 2011. Patrons are asked to provide evidence of parental demand when making an application for a new school. In addition, the criteria used in deciding on patronage include how the proposed schools under the respective patrons should provide for extending or strengthening diversity of provision in each area, having regard to the views of parents.
The New Schools Establishment Group, an independent advisory group, is then tasked with advising the Minister on the patronage of the new schools following its consideration of a report prepared by Department officials.
The deadline for receipt of applications for patronage of these new schools is close of business on Friday 14th June 2013.
The new school in Galway City West was previously announced as an Irish language medium school to open in September 2013 but with the question of patronage undecided at that time. It has now been decided to re-run the patronage determination process in respect of this school. The question of language of instruction for this new school will be informed by the preferences expressed by the parents locally under the re-run process.
For more details on the criteria to be considered in deciding patronage click on the full Press Release