Calls have been made for another secondary school in East Cork to cater for growing demand in the region and ensure children are not put on waiting lists for school places.
Cork Educate Together held an information meeting in Midleton on Wednesday evening to discuss the need for an additional secondary school in the area.
The group is hopeful of establishing an East Cork Educate Together Secondary School in the future.
“This is a campaign for what we think is a much needed additional secondary school for East Cork - not necessarily just for the ethos but for forward planning in a growing area in Cork county,” said Rhodri Mears, principal of Midleton Educate Together National School.
“As a national school, we’re going into our 11th year with 550 pupils and we’re still growing.
“On the back of that, and the fact that children are being left on waiting lists for current secondary schools in the region, there is a definite need for another secondary school in the area,” he added.
“There are plans for more housing in East Cork and Most primary schools in the region have had extensions, new builds or are awaiting them and secondary schools in the area are already showing signs of being full.
“New housing planned for the region will see the population increase so future planning for school places is vital.
“The current facilities do not appear to be meeting the demand that is already there, and with that demand expected to grow in the future, we’re hoping the Department and Government can forward plan, rather than trying to address the issues when they’re at a crisis point in future.” Niamh Wylde, chairperson of the board of Midleton ETNS, said the group has been working since early this year towards establishing the East Cork Educate Together Secondary School.
They plan to launch a fundraiser to compile a report which highlights the need and desire for another secondary school in the area.
While they are hopeful of becoming patrons of such a school, Ms Wylde said that the ET group understand and appreciate the need for the patronage process and will compete alongside other possible patrons.
“The demographic in East Cork has changed - Carrigtouhill and Midleton are the fastest growing towns in Munster, possibly Ireland.
“That’s reflected in the numbers here in our school and others in the region,” she added.
“It really highlights the need for an additional secondary school.”