School patron bodies have been invited to apply for the patronage of a new primary school set to open in Cork next year.
The new school, set to open in September 2019, has been earmarked for the Glasheen/Pouladuff area, as part of Government plans to build 42 new schools over the next four years.
The school will have eight classrooms.
Inviting applications from interested patrons/prospective patrons, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, said: “Parental preferences for each patron, from parents/guardians of children who reside in the school planning areas concerned, together with the extent of diversity currently available in these areas, are key to decisions in relation to the outcome of this process.”
A new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) has been developed to provide objective information to all parents and guardians which will allow them to make an informed choice in expressing a preference for their preferred model of patronage for their child’s education, including their preference for their child to be educated through the medium of Irish or English.
The patronage process for new schools is overseen by the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG).
This Group was set up in 2011 to advise the Minister on the patronage of new schools following its consideration of a report prepared by the Department on the applications received.
Patronage body Educate Together said it plans to apply for the patronage of the new cork school and 11 others new schools announced today.
Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together: "We’re looking forward to working with local campaigners to bring new Educate Together National Schools to these areas. We have volunteers ready and waiting to start campaigning - we think this will be a short campaign so they will be working hard coming up to the end of the year and we appreciate their enthusiasm and dedication to bringing equality-based education to their areas.'"