Relief for parents as extra school places opened in East Cork town  

Relief for parents as extra school places opened in East Cork town  

PARENTS in a Cork town have expressed relief after the Cork Education and Training Board decided to enrol an additional 30 students at the local community school following fears that some students would be left without a place.

The Department of Education recently sanctioned a major development as part of a new three-school campus in Carrigtwohill, which would see Carrigtwohill Community College, Scoil Chlíodhna Community National School and Scoil Mhuire Naofa move to one central campus in the heart of Carrigtwohill.

However, The Echo reported recently that there were still children with no school place at the Community College ahead of the new school year in September this year.

Concerned parents had appealed for an extra class to be created at the school to cater for demand.

The CETB revealed in recent weeks that, following consultation with the school’s principal, the board decided to introduce a new 30-student class to the school for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Parents have expressed their relief at the situation.

One parent told The Echo. “We have been told that the ETB and Board of Management have agreed to take in the extra students.

“We as parents now just hope the ETB will provide our principal, staff and students with all the facilities and resources necessary,” she added.

A spokesperson for the CETB said the board is committed to providing resources as appropriate.

She said the three-year plan to deliver temporary accommodation for Carrigtwohill Community College is progressing on schedule.

Carrigtwohill Community College is currently occupying a former office block and recently installed prefabs amid delays to a proposed three-school campus in the area that was promised in 2012.

The Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) revealed recently that the Department of Education has signed off on a number of developments for the three school campus, including ten additional classrooms, a science room, metal work room, internal social space, a hard play area and additional toilets.

The CETB said it will now appoint a design team to develop a design before applying to Cork County Council for planning permission.

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