Tag Archives: SKET campaign

Minister Bruton Commits To Review Campaign Data

19th July 2016 – Minister Bruton Commits to Review Campaign’s Data Analysis & Department’s Decision to Deny Kildare South a New Second-level School

Meeting EndaK 19July2016

The campaign group met with Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, along with Kildare South elected TDs Martin Heydon, Sean O’Fearghail & Fiona O’Loughlin, on Tuesday 19th July last, to present some recent data analysis to further challenge the demographic exercise performed by the Department of Education & Skills for South Kildare, and the decision by Minister Jan O’Sullivan last November, to deny a new school build for Kildare South.

The group also had the opportunity to meet an Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who kindly gave them some time to highlight their concerns, and the problems faced by the growing number of parents seeking second-level places for their children in the Kildare South area. The Taoiseach was very supportive and committed to talking to the Minister for Education & Skills on our behalf.

Continue reading

Down But Not Out – Campaign Fights On #NotGoingAway

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.

Perservere image

Continue reading

[WATCH] Our Campaign Story So Far

Our campaign story so far – in numbers.

We are campaigning for a NEW Second level school for Kildare South to provide more places, more choice & more badly needed ASDClass places.

Are you a concerned parent? Make your voice heard.
Talk to your local TDs. Email your concerns to the Minister’s office.

You Can Register your interest here for a Second-level Educate Together school in Kildare South & follow our campaign on Facebook & Twitter.

[LISTEN] KFM Interview Parent Enda Rochford – What Choice Do We Have?

Local parent Enda Rochford speaks with KFM’s Shane Beatty about the lack of choice available for parents and children at both national school and secondary level and how the domination of schools under religious patronage fails to reflect the multicultural and multi-denominational country that Ireland has become in recent years

Read Enda’s article in full here

Continue reading

Minister Pledges Review

The Minister for Education is to review her decision to deny the south of the county a new second-level school, according to campaigners for an Educate Together facility.

Meeting Minister 28 Jan 2016 smaller res

Members of Campaign Group with Minister Jan O’Sullivan & Deputy Jack Wall

The South Kildare Educate Together Second-level Group (SKET 2L) again met with Minister Jan O’Sullivan, along with Deputy Jack Wall on January 28th. The campaigners have been relentlessly lobbying on the issue for months, gathering over 2000 signatures of parents.

This follows on from the initial meeting with the Minister in November, where she agreed to share the demographic analysis with the group, which was received before Christmas.

Having analysed the Department’s data for Kildare South, group members met with the Minister and Deputy Jack Wall, to outline their serious concerns with the Department’s analysis, which they believe has overestimated the current/planned capacity while underestimating the predicted demand in Kildare South.

“The group demonstrated the inaccuracies in the assumptions made by the Department of Education & Skills, specifically feeder school inaccuracies, admission policy restrictions and inclusion of restrictive fee playing places in capacity available” said the group in a statement to the press. “They outlined that future growth and expansion in the area, including influx of employers and investment in housing infrastructure, is not being taken into account”.

The group also voiced their concerns regarding the disparity of dedicated ASD Class Facility provision from primary to second- level in the area.

Deputy Jack Wall also stated to the Minister that the mid-East area of Ireland, including Kildare, is experiencing a significant growth, and that not only was a new second-level school required now, but that future provision must also be reviewed by the Department now.

Jennifer Buttner, chair of the campaign group said “We are deeply concerned about the assumptions made by the Department’s demographic review of Kildare South , and we thank the Minister of Education Jan O’Sullivan, for taking the time to meet with our group, where she listened to, and acknowledged, our concerns. The Minister agreed to bring our data back to the Department early this week, and revert to the group before the General Election.

We would like to thank Jack Wall TD for facilitating the meeting, and acknowledge the support of Fiona McLoughlin Healy, Mark Wall, Sean O’Fearghail TD, and Martin Heydon TD.

Our grass roots, parent-led campaign will continue in earnest, on behalf of the 2100 children’s names now registered for a South Kildare Educate Together Second-level, to exhaust every avenue open to us, in our campaign for a NEW Second-level school build which will provide choice, diversity, and equality-based education locally for all families in Kildare South”.

This piece first appeared in the Leinster Leader on 9th Feb 2016

Are you a concerned parent? Make your voice heard.
Talk to your GE16 candidates. Email your concerns to the Minister’s office.

You Can Register your interest here for a Second-level Educate Together school in Kildare South & follow our campaign on Facebook & Twitter.

Campaign for Second-level Educate Together Fights On

The Campaign Group for a Second-level Educate Together school in Kildare South continues to fight on, and challenges the demographic exercise performed by the Department of Education & Skills, and the subsequent decision by Minister Jan O’Sullivan to deny a new school build for Kildare South.

Campaign Image

Kildare South was included in a list of areas for ongoing demographic review, and the Department of Education & Skills agreed to share their demographic analysis data of Kildare South with the group, when they met with the Minister on 17th November. The group received this data mid December.

Having analysed the Department’s demographic data, group members met with Kildare South elected representatives Jack Wall TD, Sean O’Fearghail TD, and councillors Mark Wall and Fiona McLoughlin Healy, on Thursday 14th January, to outline their concerns with the Department’s analysis.

All present acknowledged that there are inaccuracies in the assumptions made by the Department of Education & Skills, and that future growth and expansion in the area, due to the recovering local economy, is not being taken into account.

Deputy Jack Wall confirmed that the Minister has agreed to meet again with the campaign group, within the next 2 weeks, so they can present their concerns.

Jennifer Buttner, chair of the campaign group said

“We have analysed the Department’s demographic data for Kildare South, and as expected, we are deeply concerned with the assumptions made. At a high level the main issues we see are :

  • The Department defined Feeder Areas are very different to what is happening in reality on the ground e.g. the Kilcullen area shows 3 primary schools on Department map, but in reality there are 9 feeder primary schools listed with the Kilcullen Cross & Passion College.
  • Additional places in Naas are being factored in to the Newbridge and Kilcullen area capacity by the Department. In reality, Newbridge & Kilcullen children don’t choose to attend schools in Naas, and often only do so when no places of choice are available to them in their area.
  • The widely varying Admission Policies in operation across the second-level schools in the area are not factored into the Department’s analysis.
  • Kildare Town Community School is already enrolling at capacity from their catchment area, and that is in advance of children leaving 6th class from the 2 new primary schools in Kildare town from 2019 onwards.
  • The fee-paying Newbridge College is assumed in the Department’s capacity figures for the Newbridge area. The group strongly believe that only non-fee paying, publicly funded, schools should be included in the capacity assumptions.

We look forward to meeting the Minister of Education Jan O’Sullivan, and the Department officials again, within the next 2 weeks, to highlight our concerns.

We will continue in earnest, on behalf of the 2060 children’s names now registered for a South Kildare Educate Together Second-level, to campaign for a NEW Second-level school build which will provide choice, diversity, and equality-based education locally for all families in Kildare South”.

Press Release 18th January 2016

Are you a concerned parent? Make your voice heard.
Talk to your GE16 candidates. Email your concerns to the Minister’s office.

You Can Register your interest here for a Second-level Educate Together school in Kildare South & follow our campaign on Facebook & Twitter.