Educate Together second-level schools are finally here!
Educate Together has been campaigning for ten years for sanction from the Department of Education and Skills to open a second level-school. This hard fought campaign's objective was realised in July 2012 when the Minister announced that Educate Together second-level schools are to open in Drogheda and Dublin. Educate Together will be the first new entrant to second-level education since the 1930s.
In 2002 initial discussions started about the possibility of an Educate Together second-level school. Over the next few years a campaign grew. Parents in Lucan gathered a petition of over 6,000 names of parents who wanted an Educate Together second-level school in their area. In 2007 Educate Together made its first formal applications to the Department of Education to open second-level schools and sought recognition as a second-level patron.
A Trinity College Feasibility study published in 2007 showed that over 90% of parents who sent their child to an Educate Together primary school would choose the same option at second-level if it was available to them. In 2009 Educate Together launched its Taking the Next Step: A Blueprint for an Educate Together Second-level School. This document defined the innovations in educational approaches Educate Together planned to take in operating a second-level school. It was widely acclaimed by educationalists, parents and industry as a model for second-level education.
By 2011 the obstacles to Educate Together's ambitions at second-level had been overcome and the new Minister of Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, announced the formal recognition of Educate Together as a second-level patron at that year's AGM in Gorey. Early in 2012 Educate Together made formal applications for patronage of five second-level schools in Blanchardstown, Drogheda, Greystones, Lusk and Tyrrelstown.
In 2012, parents in Drogheda and Blanchardstown West welcomed the announcement that Educate Together second-level schools are to open in 2014 in their areas. Also in that year, Educate Together started working in partnership with Co. Dublin VEC to provide a new community college in South Lucan, set to open in 2014. Educate Together will be working i
- Ballymakenny College (Drogheda, Co Louth)
- Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School (Blanchardstown West, Dublin 15)
- Kishoge Community College (Lucan, Co. Dublin)
Our vision is for a new model of second-level school, one that places the student - your child – at its centre. We aim to create a vibrant, welcoming school community to which every student feels a real sense of belonging. Read our Brochure for Parents to find out more about our schools.
The need for innovation at second-level has never been more urgent. The content-driven, rote learning second-level model is no longer relevant in today’s rapidly changing, information rich society.
Blueprint for Educate Together Second-level Schools
The details of how our second-level schools will run are outlined in the Blueprint for Educate Together Second-level Schools. This documents in detail how the Educate Together model delivers key life skills as well as academic performance.
Second-level Brochure for Parents
People now see that our second-level schools need new, innovative approaches for the 21st century. Our Brochure for Parents provides information about what our schools will be like.
Feasibility Study on Educate Together Second-level Schools
In September 2006 Trinity College Dublin delivered to Educate Together an Initial Feasibility Study concerned with exploring the possibility that Educate Together might develop a novel type of second-level school, a type of school better suited to the needs and circumstances of twenty-first century Ireland than its current secondaries, which largely evolved in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.