More than 850 children’s names have been registered by way of expression of interest, for a new Educate Together Second-level school in Kildare South, catering for Newbridge, Kildare, Kilcullen and surrounding areas.
“We are continuing to collect names and the numbers are growing. We have a number of information days lined up. On August 23rd, we will be at the Kicullen River Festival, and on Saturday 29th August, we will have a stand in Whitewater Shopping Centre” said Jennifer Buttner.
Campaigners point out that there was a shortfall of 162 second-level places in Newbridge for this September. They say that despite 500 new places planned for St.Conleth’s Community College, and an application for an extension to the Patrician Boys School, indications are that these will be insufficient to meet significant growing demand for more places and choice in Second-level education in the area.
They also point out that the Kildare Town Community School is also enrolling at capacity and by 2019, the Kildare Town Educate Together School will have it’s first 6th class pupils graduate, and in 20121, Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha will also have it’s first pupils leave the school for Second-level.
Jennifer points out that the school would be open to all people, not just pupils from Educate Together Primary schools.
“The school would cater for a broad demographic and obviously the location would have to be decided by the Department, but it could cater for areas across South Kildare” she said.
The group has written to Minister Jan O’Sullivan, highlighting the need for a new school, and requesting a meeting.
Parents can log onto www.sket2ndlevel.org to express their interest or access further information.
This piece first appeared in the Leinster Leader on Tuesday 18th August 2015