2020 National Schools


In April 2018, the Department of Education and Skills announced that it would open 42 new primary and second-level schools up to 2022.

Vote now for a new Educate Together primary school for Newcastle, Rathcoole and Saggart to open in 2020

Educate Together has applied for an eight-classroom school to serve Newcastle, Rathcoole and Saggart. Voting for this school is open and parents/carers that want an Educate Together national school in the area should #VoteEducateTogether here. The online voting system for this school will close on Sunday 26 January 2020. If you would like to help with this campaign, let us know at newschools@educatetogether.ie.

Voting Closed For Educate Together national schools in Cork and Dublin

Educate Together has also for two new primary schools to open in Carrigaline, Co. Cork and Sallynoggin, Killiney, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown and Cherrywood, Co. Dublin. Parents in these areas were asked to vote for their patron of choice and voting closed on Sunday 12 January.

Why choose Educate Together?

There are a lot of reasons to choose Educate Together: at primary level Educate Together has forty years experience of providing an education based on human rights and that welcomes all children regardless of religious, social or cultural background. Educate Together has established a tradition of democracy, inclusion and equality that benefits pupils, parents and teachers alike. It’s no wonder that Educate Together schools are in huge demand nationwide.

What happens next?

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has opened its dedicated Online Patronage Process System website for parents and carers residing in the designated catchment areas. If you’re a parent or carer of a child in primary school and living in these areas, you can vote here for your patron of choice. The DES will collate the results and award patronage according to parental preference. It’s that simple!

What you can do

  • #VoteEducateTogether here.
  • Please share the link with friends and family that may be eligible to vote.
  • Like and share our social media so your community knows about this patronage survey.
  • If you have any time to spare, you could volunteer to help the campaign – just get in touch.