Latest press release from Simon Harris TD, issued on Thursday, November 8th 2018…
Wicklow TD Minister Simon Harris has confirmed the next step in the establishing of a new primary school for Kilcoole/Newtownmountkennedy with the opening of the patronage process.
From today, November 7th, the Department of Education and Skills is inviting school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of new primary schools to be established in September 2019.
Today’s invitation follows on from the announcement on 13th April 2018 for the establishment of 4 new schools over the next four year period from 2019 to 2022. A patronage process is run after it has been decided that the new school is required.
A new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) 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 their preferred model of patronage for their child’s education, including their preference for their child to be educated through the medium of Irish or English.
Speaking on the announcement, Minister Harris said, “It was clear to me that there was a need for additional school places in Co Wicklow and I was delighted when the Department of Education agreed to undertake a demographic study to confirm this. In April this resulted in two new primary schools and two new secondary schools being confirmed for Co Wicklow. We have seen the new online patronage system work well in the selection of Educate Together for Wicklow Town and I am pleased that this process will be open again for parents in the Newtown and Kilcoole area. It is really important that our community gets involved in selecting the type of school we want.”
“For now potential patrons are being asked to express interest in being the new school’s patron. Once the Department have a list of interested patrons, they will open the parental preference selection process. I will keep constituents updated when the parental preference process opens online also.”
Prospective patrons should complete an application form available on the Department’s website here and submit to the Department by 1pm on the 12th November 2018. This form will input into the new online system and will provide key information to parents and guardians in expressing a preference, which is one of the key determinants in decisions on patronage.