Educate Together awarded patronage of Cork school as enrolments in multi-denominational schools increase

Educate Together awarded patronage of Cork school as enrolments in multi-denominational schools increase
The Lough and parts of Glasheen in Cork city. The Department of Education has approved a new school for the area. Picture: Denis Scannell

Educate Together has been awarded patronage of a new Cork school due to open this year, the Department of Education and Skills has revealed.

An eight classroom school is to be established in Glasheen by the end of the year under the patronage of Educate Together.

ET an independent non government organisation that runs schools with the aim of guaranteeing equality of access and esteem to children "irrespective of their social, cultural or religious background".

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh yesterday announced the patronage of 12 new primary schools to be established in 2019.

In all cases, the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG).

These schools were announced in April 2018 to serve a number of locations nationwide under increased demographic pressures.

The announcement comes as it was revealed more than 80,000 pupils enrolled in primary and post-primary schools in Cork county in September 2018, an increase of 1,160 on the previous year.

Figures from the Department of Education and Skills show that preliminary enrolment numbers in primary and post-primary schools in Cork increased by 1.5% between September 2017 and September 2018.

The total enrolments in Cork County primary schools rose to 50,023 in September, an increase of 634 pupils or 1.3% on September 2017, compared with an increase of 0.8% across the State generally.

At post-primary level, 30,265 pupils were enrolled in Cork County schools in September 2018, an increase of 526 pupils, or 1.8%, on September 2017.

Enrolments increased by 11.9% in multi-denominational primary schools in Cork County, and by 0.8% in Catholic schools.

Total enrolments in Catholic primary schools in Cork County stood at 46,071 in September 2018, representing 92.1 per cent of all pupils, down from 92.5 per cent in 2017.

Enrolments in multi-denominational schools stood at 2,361 while Church of Ireland schools had enrolments of 1,591.

Meanwhile at post-primary level, enrolments increased by 330 pupils or 2% in Cork county multi-denominational schools and 1.5% in Catholic schools.

Total enrolments in Catholic schools stood at 12,507 pupils in September 2018, while multi-denominational (including inter-denominational) schools had total enrolments of 16,666 pupils.

Meanwhile, Enrolments in Church of Ireland schools stood at 1,092.

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