Friday 18 October 2019

Over 60 children still have no secondary school place for September

Cllr Joe Sullivan, Elaine Clarke, Cllr Malcolm Byrne and Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin
Cllr Joe Sullivan, Elaine Clarke, Cllr Malcolm Byrne and Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin

Esther Hayden

Over 60 sixth class pupils in the Gorey area still haven't been allocated a secondary school place.

Elaine Clarke, who is spearheading a campaign highlighting the need for a third second level school in North Wexford, said that a meeting held last Tuesday night showed the extent of the problem facing parents as they try to prepare their child for second level education.

Elaine said the main focus of the meeting was on the urgent need to ensure that all children on the waiting list for September are allocated a school place as soon as possible.

She said that at the meeting it was agreed to send a letter to the principals of both Creagh College and Gorey Community School calling on them to allocate the school places before March 31.

The letter was also sent to the Board of Management at both school and to all local public representatives. 'We need to have the places allocated as soon as possible, partly for the bus transport scheme which opened last week and closes in mid April. Parents whose child hasn't been allocated a place can't apply for this until they know what school their child is going to.

'It's very frustrating for parents.'

Elaine said she hopes to receive a response and to see the school places allocated as soon as possible.

'We have been told that all the children will be allocated a place in September and that the resources will be there to accommodate this but we haven't been told how this is going to happen.'

She said that some sort of system needs to be put in place to ensure that parents aren't facing this problem again in September 2020.

The meeting also highlighted the need for an additional second level school in North Wexford.

Gorey Guardian