On 21st June 2016, our campaign group, and parents who wrote about their concerns regarding Second-level provision in Kildare South, have started to receive communications from the Minister of Education, Richard Bruton TD, and the Department of Education.
Minister Bruton & the Department of Education & Skills believes that a new Second-level school is not currently required for Kildare South. That between all the Second-level schools in the area there will be enough places for all children, regardless of the model of education they seek or what faith they have. And there is no mention of any additional ASD Class provision being provided. We respectfully disagree.
Our analysis of the Department’s demographic data (which was sent to them at end of January 2016) outlined:
- Discrepancies in feeder schools
- Inclusion of fee-paying school in capacity
- Lack of sufficient dedicated ASD Facilities at second-level
- No input in Department’s model for future development in the region – new infrastructure, employer influx and planning allocation
- Widely varying admission policies in practice across the area.
Continue to Campaign
We respectfully disagree with the recent email and department’s assertion, and we will continue to campaign for a NEW second level school for the area.
Because we know there will not be enough places going forward, that there is insufficient ASD Class provision and that there is a need for provision of diversity of choice in Kildare South.
And with well over 2000 names now registered for our campaign, parents in Kildare South know this too.
We will continue to lobby our elected representatives for Kildare South, who have supported our campaign at different levels, Martin Heydon, Sean O’Fearghail and Fiona O’Loughlin, these people are ultimately responsible for stating our case to the Minister to listen to grassroots campaign like ours, to listen and represent YOUR voices, YOUR children.
Thank you to all who have completed an expression of interest, have written blogs, have written letters to the Minister and TDs, have stopped us in the street and encouraged us to keep going, have told us they believe in choice. Onwards and upwards.
We want an Educate Together Second-level for South Kildare, #ASchoolForEveryone.
We are #NotGoingAway
Are you a concerned parent? Make your voice heard.
Talk to your local TDs. Email your concerns to the Minister’s office.