St Vincent’s girls secondary school have informed parents representatives that their school is in talks with the North Monastery and North Presentation schools about the future of education in the three schools.
The parents’ association of the school has labelled it “an extremely worrying development and could lead to the removal of the single sex status of our school, or potentially the amalgamation of our unique school with other local secondary schools.”
In a statement the parent's association went on to say that they wished to “reaffirm the rights of our daughters and that of every young girl from the northside to an all-girls’ secondary education, if that is what she desires.”
As reported in, the three schools under the Religious Sisters of Charity, Catholic Education an Irish Schools Trust (CEIST), and Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) respectively, are exploring “together current and future Catholic educational provision in North Cork city”.
A joint statement from the three groups confirmed: “A consultation process is now commencing which will seek to gather the perspectives of boards of management, staff, students and parents.
“We hope to capture the joys, concerns, hopes and anxieties of all which will inform a vision for Catholic secondary education in North Cork city and serve the community for decades to come.
“This process will be guided by an independent facilitator, Mr Frank Smith.” A Department of Education spokesperson said that as yet: “The department has received no formal proposal from the patron/trustees of North Monastery Secondary School, North Presentation Secondary School or St Vincent’s Secondary School.”
It is understood that these talks could explore if the three schools should merge.
The process between the schools, under the Religious Sisters of Charity, Catholic Education an Irish Schools Trust (CEIST), and Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) respectively, will be guided by an independent facilitator.
Asked if there were plans in place to merge the three schools, a spokesperson for the ERST provided a joint statement on behalf of the three organisations involved.