NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR GREYSTONES

5th February 2015

I am delighted to be able tell you that the Department of Education has approved a new primary school for Greystones.

Bringing a new primary school to Greystones is something that I have worked on for a number of years with Stephen Donnelly TD and it is really exciting that this project will now become a reality. We will continue to have this school located in the most suitable place, namely the Charlesland area.

Over the past few years, a large number of parents have come to me distressed to learn that they wouldn’t get a place for their child in junior infants. It was particularly difficult for those parents that had just moved to the area or did not belong to a religious faith. Existing primary schools in the area worked hard together to try to accommodate as many children as they could but this was not a long-term solution, particularly in light of the fact that County Wicklow has one of the highest pupil-to-teacher ratios in the country.

So I am delighted that this school will address this issue and make the journey to education a whole lot less stressful for parents in the area.

 

It’s been a long road – but here’s what we’ve done to get here…

Jan 2013         Made a submission made to Minister for Education;

Feb 2013          Held a Public Meeting Charlesland Golf Club with concerned parents;

Mar 2013         Collected over 2000 signatures; Petition presented to Minister for Education; Meeting held with Minister for Education;

Jun 2013         Findings presented to Department of Education forward planning team in Tullaghmore;

May 2014        Analysed data on Junior Infant intake 2008 to 2014 for Greystones

Sept 2014        Freedom of Information Request submitted to the Department of Education on internal analysis of population growth

Jan 2015         Department of Education announced new school for Charlesland

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