The Department of Education has approved plans for a €10 million extension to St. Brogan’s College in Bandon.
The school currently caters for 600 students, and under the plans will be able to provide education for an additional 400 pupils.
As part of the plans, more than 30 new classrooms and special education facilities will be delivered.
This will include 19 general classrooms, new science laboratories, art rooms, a new staff room and canteen facilities.
According to the Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB) the project will be delivered on a phased basis to meet the growth of enrolments, with priority to be given to the delivery of specialist rooms in the first phase of the development.
Cork ETB Chief Executive Denis Leamy said the development is great news for Bandon.
“This is an extremely positive development in servicing the educational needs of Bandon and its hinterland. This will further enhance the educational experience of the 600, and eventually, 1,000 students attending St. Brogan’s College and future generations. I am particularly thrilled for the pupils, parents and staff of St. Brogan’s College,” he said.
St. Brogan’s College Principal Helen Cadogan said they are delighted that the Department of Education and Skills has granted approval to St. Brogan’s College for the major extension.
“The school is indebted to the Board of Management and Cork ETB for their continued support in seeking this extension. We are also deeply grateful to the parents who support us, to our wonderful students and our hard-working, dedicated and caring staff and we look forward to being able to provide them with the best of facilities,” she said.
The procurement process for the appointment of the design team will commence in the coming weeks.