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With a peaceful protest due to happen at noon tomorrow, as children inside take their entrance exams, the Guide has finally managed to get an official response on the shortage of school places at CCA.

After an estimated 20 Kilcoole children failed to find a place at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, an online petition was launched, and an emergency meeting last Wednesday saw local parents meeting with local councillors.

During all this, the school chose to remain quiet on the controversy.

Emails from the Guide to the school finally led to Rory O’Toole, the Director of Schools at the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board.

And this evening, finally, he sent us this statement…

The Board of Management of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann and KWETB are aware of the difficulties of parents who have yet to secure a school place for their son/daughter for the coming academic year 2020-2021.

Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole, recently confirmed to parents the offer of places for the academic year 2020-21.

Unfortunately, the demand for places exceeded the number of places the college was able to accommodate.

The Department of Education has recently awarded the patronage of the new post primary school in Greystones to KWETB.

Greystones Community College will be open in September for the 2020-2021 school year.

Applications for this school will be accepted until the 31st January 2020.

Once these applications are received, KWETB and our local schools will be able to better assess the demand for school places.

You can find out more about the CCA controversy here. Applications for the new Greystones Kilcoole Community College are here.

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