28 November, 2013 - Minister Quinn announces patronage of 3 new Post-Primary schools to be established in Dublin in 2016

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today announced the patrons for three new post-primary schools which will open in Dublin in 2016. 

Patronage of a further six new post-primary schools in Cork, Cavan, Kildare and Wicklow, was also announced today.

The three new schools in Dublin will provide additional places for 2,700 students in areas of the county which have seen their populations expand in recent years.  

The new schools will be established in the Balbriggan, Ballinteer/Stepaside, and Kingswood,Tallaght. The new school in Kingswood, will be established under the patronage of Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education Training Board (ETB) and the other two schools under Educate Together.

Minister Quinn said, “I am very pleased to see that Educate Together will be one of the patrons, particularly as ET was formally recognised as a second level patron body by me just two years ago.”

“I am confident that these new schools, alongside the existing schools in each area, will mean that parents and students in Dublin 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 to cater for increasing student numbers.

Minister Quinn said, “We are experiencing significant increases in our school-going population. The establishment of these new schools is an essential part of our actions to ensure that the school infrastructure is in place in time to ensure every single student has a quality place at second level over the coming years.”    

At that time the Minister also announced new criteria and arrangements for the recognition of the new schools. The arrangements included the establishment of an independent advisory group, the New Schools Establishment 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 earlier this month.   Minister Quinn has accepted the group’s recommendations in full. 

Prospective patrons were asked to provide evidence of parental demand when making applications for patronage of the new schools. 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 school ethos 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.

ENDS

 

CountyAreaRecommended Patron BodyNo. of students
CavanKingscourtCavan and Monaghan ETB400
CorkCork South Suburbs/Carrigaline

2 Schools:

Edmund Rice Schools Trust

Educate Together

600 each
CorkMidleton/Carrigtohill Cork ETB (involving the Catholic Bishop of Cloyne)1,000
DublinBalbrigganEducate Together700
DublinBallinteer/StepasideEducate Together1,000
DublinKingswood, TallaghtDublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB1,000
KildareCelbridgeJointly Educate Together and Kildare and Wicklow ETB (subject to confirmation of sufficient parental support)Up to 1,000
WicklowNorth WicklowEducate Together1,000