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Friday 25 May 2018

No more delays for secondary school

Senator Dr James Reilly
Senator Dr James Reilly

John Manning

The Department of Education has confirmed that there will be no further delays in the opening of Swords Community College which will open this September, a year after its intended opening.

The confirmation came in correspondence from the Department of Education to Senator James Reilly.

The department confirmed that 'in relation to the Swords post-primary school, this project was announced in November 2015, and is opening in September 2018 in temporary accommodation, pending delivery of the major school project'.

That temporary accommodation, as planned, will be in a pod-like structure, provided on the grounds of St Finian's Community College.

Senator Reilly said he 'welcomes confirmation By Department of Education Swords Community College will open in September 2018'.

The Fingal senator said: 'Swords Community College will open in September 2018 in temporary quality accommodation in a 'pod' building in the grounds of St Finian's Community College and will move eventually to a new state of the art school at Mooretown in Swords.'

Last month, the Department of Education lodged a planning application for two new schools in Swords at an education campus on lands at Mooretown, off the Rathbeale Road, including for the permanent home of Swords Community College.

The application made to Fingal County Council was for two new school buildings, one primary school and one post-primary school, with a total floor area of almost 16,000 square metres.

This will be the permanent home of Swords Community College which the planning application states will be a part three-storey, part two-storey building measuring 11,397 square metres.

This new post-primary school building for Swords will include a two-classroom Special Needs unit and a Sports hall along with ancillary facilities for staff and students of the school.

The first new secondary school in Swords for decades will be housed in a high quality temporary 'pod' building on the grounds of St Finian's Community College before moving to this permanent, state-of-the-art school building in the Mooretown area.

The new primary school to be housed on the same site will be in a two-storey building, with 24 classrooms, and will measure 4,156 square metres in floor area.

The primary school will also include a two-classroom Special Needs unit and a GP hall as well as ancillary facilities for staff and pupils.

The educational campus will have its own electricity substation and some 104 car parking spaces, with 40 of those spaces reserved for the primary school and 64 spaces for the secondary school. Plans for the site's landscaping as well as the provision of ball courts and soft play areas are also included in the planning application.

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