Establishing a New School
In June 2011 the Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD, announced the establishment of new arrangements for the recognition of new primary and post-primary schools which would be established only where warranted by increased demographics. These new arrangements put in place a new group, the New Schools Establishment Group, to advise the Minister on patronage of new schools to be established. The new procedures also provide for evidence of parental demand to be demonstrated for each new school and for increasing the diversity of patronage in schools. The Forward Planning Section of the Department deals with the establishment of new schools.
Establishing a Post Primary School
The demographics of the area must support the need for the establishment of a new school– a new school would not impact negatively on the enrolment of schools in the catchment, other than perhaps the establishment of an all-Irish school and the impact of this on an existing Aonad.
If the demographics require the establishment of a school, then the process for the selection of the type of school should allow for different patrons/bodies to be considered as the patron of a new school.
Most new schools must have the capacity to operate schools in the size range of 800 to 1,000 pupils. A lower threshold of 400 would apply for Gaelcholáistí having regard to the alternative of establishing an Aonad within a school.
Patronage of new post primary schools to be established 2017 and 2018:
Patronage of new post primary schools to be established 2015 and 2016: