CHILDREN joining the new Educate Together school planned for Malahide will have to wait at least a year before they have their own dedicated school building.
The school is one of four due to open in September. The others are in Trim, Co Meath, Tramore, Co Waterford and Ballina, Co Mayo.
These are the first schools to be established as a result of the Government's patronage divestment process designed to provide choice for parents.
When the Malahide school opens it will share accommodation with the existing Educate Together school in Holywell, Swords.
Educate Together regional development officer Gerry McKevitt said the decision to open the Malahide school was taken after surveys by both the schools' group and the Department of Education identified a need for such a school.
"Ultimately, we hope to have a brand new school building in Malahide," he added.
"The location has yet to be decided and will be a matter for the Department of Education."
He said the plan was to open one junior infants class in the Holywell school in September, but the number of classes would depend on the level of applications over the next few weeks.
"The Malahide and Holywell schools will be completely separate," said Mr McKevitt.