PLEA OVER ED­U­CATE TO­GETHER PLACES

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

RE­NEWED calls have been made to amend the enrolment pol­icy for the new Ed­u­cate To­gether sec­ondary school in Bray.

Deputy Stephen Don­nelly has ap­pealed to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Jan O’Sul­li­van to amend the enrolment pol­icy which gives pri­or­ity to chil­dren from South Dublin over chil­dren from Wick­low.

The sec­ondary school in Bray is to open its doors to 1,000 pupils in 2016.

How­ever the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion said ear­lier this year that the catch­ment area would be Bray, Shankill, Bally­brack and Kil­ter­nan with just ‘some’ places for Grey­stones.

Par­ents who cam­paigned for the school were hor­ri­fied when the news broke in April. The cam­paign for the school be­gan in 2010 with a large pres­ence from Grey­stones among the cam­paign­ers.

Pa­tron­age was granted on the ba­sis of parental de­mand for an Ed­u­cate To­gether school, with the vast majority of the names ex­press­ing in­ter­est com­ing from County Wick­low.

Over 1,000 fam­i­lies in County Wick­low ex­pressed in­ter­est in the school, with 460 of those from Grey­stones, Kil­coole, Del­gany and New­cas­tle. Only 133 fam­i­lies out­side Wick­low ex­pressed in­ter­est. ‘We do not ac­cept the decision by the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion to favour South Dublin feeder ar­eas over Wick­low ones in the catch­ment of the new North Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether Sec­ondary school,’ said Jessica Bird, Chair­per­son of the North Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether Ac­tion Group at that time.

‘ The enrolment pol­icy for the new Ed­u­cate To­gether school con­firms that Bally­brack and Kil­ter­nan will have Pri­or­ity one ac­cess to the school. But chil­dren from the Grey­stones Ed­u­cate To­gether and the Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether pri­mary schools will have Pri­or­ity two only,’ said Deputy Don­nelly, who also asked the pre­vi­ous Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion to ex­am­ine the pol­icy.

Deputy Stephen Don­nelly

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