Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2016. Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting
The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced the outcome of the patronage process for three new primary schools due to open in Dublin in September 2016.
Patronage of the new schools in Cabra and Drumcondra is being awarded to Educate Together
. An Foras Pátrúnachta
will be the patron of the new school in Goatstown/Stillorgan.
Announcing the patronage, Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of what we are trying to do as a Government is to use our economic success to make people’s lives a little bit easier. An important part of this is to make it easier for parents where possible to choose schools for their children that reflect their needs and priorities.
“I am delighted to announce the patronage of these three new schools being built to cater for growing populations. These decisions reflect a particular process which we have put in place to provide for demonstrated parental demand and for plurality of patronage. It is very welcome that these schools will reflect the stated choice of parents in the area, and will increase diversity of primary education provision in the relevant areas.
The Minister thanked the independent New Schools Establishment Group for their valuable input, saying: “The system used to establish new schools and appoint school patrons was introduced to ensure an objective and transparent process and the role of the New Schools Establishment Group is critical to achieving these aims.”
All applications were assessed on the basis of published criteria, including the extent of diversity in existing schools and the scale of diversity to be provided by the new school or schools. This was considered in conjunction with the level of parental demand for each of the patron applicants.