Tuesday 20 August 2019

New multidenominational primary school to open in Meath from September

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A NEW multidenominational primary school is set to open in a bustling commuter town from September.

Education Minister Joe McHugh announced today that the new 16-classroom school will be established in Ashbourne, Co Meath to cater for growing demand in the area.

This is additional to the 42 new schools 42 new schools that are scheduled to open between 2019 and 2022.

The new Community National School will be on the Department-owned site beside the existing three-school campus in Ashbourne and it will be under the patronage of the Louth and Meath Educate Together Board.

Minister McHugh said today: "I am conscious that Ashbourne is an area of growing demographic demand and additional residential development.

"On foot of local concerns in relation to waiting lists for primary schools my Department reviewed the level of primary provision in Ashbourne.

"I am satisfied that there is a need for increased capacity in the area and I am pleased to announce that a new Community National School will be established under the patronage of Louth and Meath ETB.

"This will provide clarity and certainty for parents in Ashbourne that additional school places will be available in the area this September.

"I would like to thank the principals in Ashbourne, who I met recently in relation to primary provision in the area."

The patronage was awarded to Louth and Meath ETB after a recommendation by the New Schools Establishment Group.

The Group (NSEG) was set up in 2011 to advise the Minister on the patronage of new schools.

Louth and Meath ETB will immediately start work to recruit a principal for the new school and the Department of Education has started work on the practical arrangements for the school site.

Nessa White, General Secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, said he is "delighted" with the news.

"Being part of a start-up school is a very exciting opportunity for children and their parents.

"The feedback from parents in our other start-up schools is overwhelmingly positive," Ms White said.

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