Wednesday 17 September 2014

Holy Family denied extra infants class

John Manning

Published 01/04/2014 | 05:32

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Holy Family JNS had hoped to take on another teacher and bring in a prefab classroom to cater for a seventh junior infants class this coming September

DOZENS of parents are facing 'deep distress' this September after a school in Swords was denied permission by the Department of Education to put on an extra junior infants' class to cater for local demand.

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Holy Family JNS in River Valley in Swords has been denied permission by the Department of Education to take on a new teacher and bring a new prefab classroom to the school to cater for a seventh stream of junior infants this September.

Holy Family JNS currently has six junior infant classes, with some 168 pupils.

Local election candidate for Swords, Dianne Sexton (FG) has told the Fingal Independent about the looming crisis for parents in River Valley and the west of Swords, if the situation is not sorted out by September.

Ms. Sexton said: 'A seventh stream of Junior Infants class had been considered for the school but the Department of Education and Skills has refused to sanction it. Instead parents have been advised to contact St. Colmcille's BNS and GNS in relation to enrolment of their children for September 2014.

'This option is totally unfeasible as many of these children already have siblings attending Holy Family Junior School.

'It would prove logistically impossible to get brothers and sisters to different ends of Swords at the same time.'

'There is also the added complication that some children cannot re-enrol in their current preschools for another year, as their classes are now full.'

She added: 'I would urge the Department of Education and Skills to reconsider their decision. This is creating an incredibly distressing situation for families and it needs to be reconsidered.'

Fingal Independent

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