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25 July, 2012 - Minister Quinn announces patronage of 14 new Post-Primary schools to be established in 2013 and 2014

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today announced his decisions on the patronage of new post-primary schools to be established in 2013 and 2014.

The successful patrons are:

  • Blanchardstown West, Dublin 15 - Educate Together
  • Drogheda, Co. Louth - Joint patronage County Louth VEC and Educate Together
  • Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 - Le Chéile Schools Trust
  • Greystones, Co. Wicklow - Church of Ireland
  • Lusk, Co. Dublin - County Dublin VEC
  • Claregalway, Co. Galway - County Galway VEC
  • Naas, Co. Kildare - County Kildare VEC
  • Navan, Co. Meath - County Meath VEC
  • *CorkCity – South Suburbs/ Carrigaline - County Cork VEC
  • Maynooth, Co. Kildare - County Kildare VEC
  • Dundalk, Co. Louth - County Louth VEC
  • Ashbourne, Co. Meath - County Meath VEC
  • *Balbriggan, Co. Dublin - An Foras Pátrúnachta
  • *Dundrum, Co. Dublin - An Foras Pátrúnachta

*These schools will be Gaelcholáistaí providing instruction through the medium of Irish

Announcing the patronage of the new schools, Minister Quinn said, “In making the decisions on the patronage of these new schools I was particularly conscious of taking into account the clear parental demand for plurality and diversity of patronage.  The successful patrons include those of a Catholic ethos, Church of Ireland ethos, multi-denominational and Gaelcholáistaí.”

“I am particularly pleased that Educate Together will be patron in one school and co-patron in a second school, given that ET was officially recognised by me as a second level patron just one year ago. I am also pleased that for the first time in a generation a new Catholic and a new Church of Ireland voluntary secondary school are to open.  This demonstrates clearly that I and the Department are committed to diversity of ethos and respect for parental choice.”

“I am confident that these new schools, alongside the existing schools in each area, will mean that parents and students have real choice when it comes to deciding which school most reflects their own ethos.”

Today’s announcement is the culmination of the process which began in June 2011 when the Minister announced that 20 new post-primary schools were to be established up to 2017 across a number of locations to cater for increasing pupil numbers.  

At that time the Minister also announced new criteria and arrangements for the recognition of the new schools. The arrangements included the establishment of a New Schools Establishment Group, an independent advisory group, to advise the Minister on the patronage of the new schools following its consideration of a report prepared by Department officials. The New Schools Establishment Group reported to the Minister at the end of June.  

Patrons were asked to provide evidence of parental demand when making an application for a new school. In addition, the criteria used in deciding on patronage included how the proposed schools under the respective patrons would provide for extending or strengthening diversity of provision in each area, having regard to the views of parents.

The Minister expressed his thanks to the members of the New Schools Establishment Group for their valuable input to the process. Minister Quinn said, “I initiated the revised system for the establishment of new schools and the appointment of the school patron so that it would be an objective and transparent process. The role of the New Schools Establishment Group is critical to achieving these aims and I want to thank them for their work in this area.”

Department officials will shortly contact each of the patron bodies in regard to the logistics of the establishment of these new schools.

Four new post-primary schools will open in September 2013, all of which will be under the patronage of the local Vocational Educational Committee (VEC). 

Ten new post-primary schools will open in September 2014.  Of these, four will be under VEC patronage, one will be under the patronage of Le Chéile Schools Trust, two will be under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta, one will be under the patronage of the Church of Ireland, one will be under the Patronage of Educate Together and one school will be under the joint patronage of a VEC and Educate Together.

In the case of both Maynooth, Co. Kildare and Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, the Department noted the high level of parental demand identified as part of this process for alternative language provision in these areas.  In light of this, the Department will be making provision to cater for this alternative demand in both of these areas in the medium term.

ENDS

Editors’ Note:

 

The report of the New Schools Establishment Group to the Minister can be found at www.education.ie > Schools-Colleges > Information > Establishing-a-New-School. Minister Quinn accepted the recommendations of the Group in all cases.

 

New Post- Primary Schools 2013

 

AreaApproved PatronComment
Lusk, Co DublinCo. Dublin VEC 
Claregalway, Co. GalwayCo. Galway VEC 
Naas, Co. KildareCo. Kildare VECGiven the low level of parental preferences identified as part of this process, the Department will be consulting with existing post-primary providers in the area regarding their intake capacity for 2013 with a view to determining the year the new school will be required to open.
Navan, Co. MeathCo. Meath VEC 

 

New Post-Primary Schools 2014

 

AreaApproved PatronComment
CorkCity– South Suburbs/ CarrigalineCo. Cork VECThis school will be a Gaelcholáiste providing instruction through the medium of Irish
Blanchardstown West, Dublin 15Educate Together 
Mulhuddart, Dublin 15Le Chéile Schools Trust 
Maynooth, Co. KildareCo.Kildare VECThis new school will provide instruction through the medium of English. However, an application was received from An Foras Pátrúnachta to establish an Irish medium school in this area, with significant expressions of interest.  Therefore it is planned that an Aonad will be established in the new school or in the existing school in Maynooth in consultation with An Foras.  If the Aonad is enrolling in the region of 70 pupils per year by the fourth year of operation consideration will be given to its establishment as an independent Gaelcholáiste.
Drogheda, Co. LouthJoint patronage of Co. Louth VEC and Educate Together 
Dundalk, Co. LouthCo.Louth VEC 
Ashbourne, Co. MeathCo.Meath VEC 
Balbriggan, Co. Dublin This school will be a Gaelcholáiste providing instruction through the medium of Irish.  However, an application was received from Educate Together to establish an English medium school in this area with significant expressions of interest.  In view of this it is intended to reduce the size of the Gaelcholáiste (to 700 with the option to expand to 1,000) and to establish an additional school, which will be English medium, post 2015, at which time the patronage decision making process will be organised. 
Dundrum, Co. DublinAn Foras PátrúnachtaThis school will be a Gaelcholáiste providing instruction through the medium of Irish
Greystones, Co. WicklowChurchof Ireland 
New Post Primary Schools where Patronage has been Announced Previously
AreaApproved PatronComment
Doughiska, Co. GalwayCo. Galway VECOpening in September 2013
Lucan/ Clonburris, Co. DublinCo Dublin VEC in partnership with Educate TogetherOpening in September 2014

 

2015 to 2017 – Patronage to be decided

 

AreaComment
Kingscourt, Co. Cavan 
Tallaght (Kingswood Heights), Dublin 
Ballinteer, DublinA new Gaelcholáiste will open in this region (Dundrum area) in 2014.  Further additional accommodation will also be required in this area to meet demographic demands through the medium of English. 
Midleton/Carrigtwohill Co. Cork 
Celbridge, Co. Kildare 
Balbriggan, Co. DublinSee comment in table above in regard to provision in this area.
CorkCity- South Suburbs/ CarrigalineA new Gaelcholáiste will open in this region in 2014.  Further additional accommodation will also be required in this area to meet demographic demands through the medium of English.