09 September, 2019 - Minister McHugh urges parents to take part in patronage process for six new post-primary schools

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Monday 9 September) urged parents and guardians to give their views on patronage for six new schools being established next year.

Mothers, fathers and guardians of children who are due to enrol in post-primary school from 2020-2024 in parts of Dublin, Meath/Kildare and Wicklow are being invited to complete the online survey.

The new post-primary schools are being established in September 2020 following on from the Government’s commitment to invest heavily in education, with the establishment of 44 new schools in total between 2019 and 2022.

The online survey for parents can be accessed here https://patronage.education.gov.ie

It will remain open until 4 October for six post-primary schools which will serve the following areas:

          

                     

Area

School Planning Area

School Size*

Dublin 15

Blanchardstown_West_D15 &   BlanchardstownVillage_D15

800

Goatstown

Goatstown_Stillorgan_Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

800

Enfield

Kilcock

500

Citywest/Saggart

Tallaght & Newcastle_Rathcoole

1000

Harold’s Cross

Dublin 6_Clonskeagh & Dublin6W

1000

Wicklow

Kilcoole & Greystones

800

*based on projected need but will be responsive to demographic demand

           

Parents and guardians can use the online survey to select which model of patronage they prefer and whether they would prefer English or Irish as the language of instruction.

Minister McHugh said: “We are fortunate to have a growing population and a Government that is investing heavily in new schools.

“But we need parents’ support to ensure we reflect the views of families in the areas where we have younger and growing populations.

“It is a great opportunity for mothers and fathers and guardians to help to shape the education of the future.

“The wishes of parents and guardians, together with the extent of diversity already available in these areas, will be key to deciding the type of schools we will have in the future. I urge as many people as possible who live in the areas and have children going to post-primary school in the next few years to make their voices heard.”

The patronage process for new schools is overseen by the independent New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). This group, which was set up in 2011 to advise the Minister on the patronage of new schools, will analyse the report on the online surveys and consider other criteria before issuing a recommendation to the Minister.

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Notes for Editors

 

What new post-primary schools are being established in 2020?

          

  • Blanchardstown_West D15 and BlanchardstownVge_D15 (Regional solution)
  • Dublin6_Clonskeagh & Dublin_6W (Regional solution)
  • Goatstown_Stillorgan_DLR
  • Citywest/Saggart (Tallaght & Newcastle_Rathcoole school planning areas) (Regional Solution)
  • Enfield (Kilcock school planning area)
  • Kilcoole & Greystones (Regional solution)

 

Have sites been secured for the new schools?

 

Locations have already been secured for three of the six new schools, all of which are subject to planning permission:

Dublin 6, Clonskeagh & Dublin6W – Former Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium

Goatstown, Stillorgan, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown – Former Irish Glass Bottle recreation site, Goatstown

Tallaght & Newcastle/Rathcoole – ETB site at Fortunestown Lane

 

Which patron bodies have applied for patronage for each school?

 

Blanchardstown_West D15 and BlanchardstownVge_D15 (Regional solution)

 

  • An Foras Pátrúnachta
  • Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board
  • Educate Together
  • Islamic Foundation of Ireland
  • Scoil Sinéad Limited

Dublin6_Clonskeagh & Dublin_6W (Regional solution)

 

  • An Foras Pátrúnachta
  • City of Dublin Education and Training Board
  • Educate Together
  • Scoil Sinéad Limited

 

Goatstown_Stillorgan_DLR

 

  • An Foras Pátrúnachta
  • Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board
  • Educate  Together
  • Scoil Sinéad Limited

Citywest/Saggart (Tallaght & Newcastle_Rathcoole school planning areas) (Regional Solution)

 

  • An Foras Pátrúnachta
  • Catholic  Education An Irish Schools Trust (Ceist)
  • Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB)
  • Educate Together
  • Scoil Sinéad Limited

 

 Enfield (Kilcock school planning area)

 

  • An Foras Pátrúnachta
  • Educate Together
  • Le  Chéile Schools Trust
  • Louth and Meath Education and Training Board
  • Scoil  Sinéad Limited

 

Kilcoole & Greystones (Regional Solution)

 

  • An Foras Pátrúnachta
  • Educate Together
  • Kildare and Wicklow  Education and Training Board (KWETB)
  • Scoil Sinéad Limited

 

Kilcoole & Greystones

The new post-primary school to serve the Kilcoole & Greystones school planning area as a regional solution was initially announced to be established in 2021. Due to increased projected enrolments and capacity constraints in the area, the school will now open in September 2020.

 

Which of the schools are regional solutions?

  • Kilcoole & Greystones school planning areas;
  • Blanchardstown_West D15 and BlanchardstownVge_D15 school planning area;
  • Tallaght & Newcastle_Rathcoole school planning areas; and
  • Dublin6_Clonskeagh & Dublin_6W school planning areas.

 

 

What is a Regional Solution?

A decision to establish a new school can be taken where projected growth in a single school planning area may not warrant provision of a new school but where combined demographic increases in the region indicates sufficient demand for a viable school. These schools, identified as being Regional Solutions, are planned to serve more than one school planning area.

 

How big will these schools be?

 

Area

School Planning Area

School Size*

Dublin 15

Blanchardstown_West_D15 &   BlanchardstownVillage_D15

800

Goatstown

Goatstown_Stillorgan_Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

800

Enfield

Kilcock

500

Citywest/Saggart

Tallaght & Newcastle_Rathcoole

1000

Harold’s Cross

Dublin 6_Clonskeagh & Dublin6W

1000

Wicklow

Kilcoole & Greystones

800

*based on projected need but will be responsive to demographic demand

What is the New Schools Establishment Group?

The patronage process for new schools is overseen by the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). This Group was set up in 2011 to advise the Minister on the patronage of new schools following its consideration of a report prepared by the Department on the applications received. 

The current members of the NSEG are:

  • Mr. Joe Hamill, Retired  Secretary General of the Department of  Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs;
  • Professor  Gerry Mac Ruairc,  Head, School of Education, National University of Ireland Galway;
  • Professor  Sarah Moore, Professor of Teaching and Learning, University of  Limerick.

 

What Happens Next?

The Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website will provide objective information to all parents which will allow them to make an informed choice in expressing a preference for their preferred model of patronage and language of instruction for their child’s education.

The survey will remain open until October 2019.

When the survey closes, the Department will compile a report for the consideration of the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG) and the NSEG will submit a report with recommendations for consideration by the Minister.

Who is entitled to give their views?

The Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) is open to parents or guardians of children who are due to enrol in post-primary school between 2020 and 2024 and who live in one of the school planning areas. Parents and guardians will need their child’s Eircode and PPSN in order to complete the online survey.