11 January, 2019 - Reminder to Parents: Express your preference for patronage of 12 Primary Schools to be established in 2019

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today reminded parents to express their preference in relation to the patronage of 12 primary schools to be established in 2019.

Parents of children in these areas who will be starting school in the next five years are invited to express their patronage preferences using the Department’s new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website https://patronage.education.gov.ie .

This system has been developed to provide objective information to all parents and guardians which will allow them to make an informed choice in expressing a preference for a patronage model and language of instruction for their child’s education.

The OPPS system for expression of parental preferences will close at midnight on Tuesday, 15th January 2019.

Minister McHugh said: “Parental preferences for each patron along with the diversity currently available in these areas of growing population are key to decisions in relation to the outcome of this process. I encourage all parents of children in these areas who will be starting school in the next five years to engage with the process. This is your opportunity to make your views known and help to shape the education of the future.”

New schools will open in 2019 to serve the following school planning areas:

  • Booterstown Blackrock
  • Donaghmede, Howth D 13
  • Dublin 6 Clonskeagh & Dublin 6W (Regional Solution serving more than one planning area)
  • Dunshaughlin
  • Glasheen_Cork City/Pouladuff
  • Goatstown Stillorgan DLR
  • Kilcoole/Newtownmountkennedy
  • Killester Raheny Clontarf
  • Leixlip
  • Maynooth
  • Swords/North
  • Swords/South