Educate Together will be holding a public Information Meeting in New Ross next week to discuss their plans to open a school in the town in 2015. The development has been welcomed both locally and nationally and will see a new Educate Together school opening its doors in New Ross in September 2015.
Announcing the development, Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to open the new school in New Ross, and to meet the demonstrated demand for educational diversity in the area.” Paul continued, “This is a positive development not just for parents seeking Educate Together schools in the area, but also for the wider community as it will compliment existing school provision in the town and district.”
Preparations will now continue for the opening of the school in 2015; a public meeting will be held in the Brandon House Hotel on Thursday 12th June at 8:30pm and a pre-enrolment list will be opened. All are welcome at this meeting. Said Niall Wall, Regional Development Officer for Educate Together and project manager for the school; “This is fantastic news for New Ross. Parents in the town and surrounding areas will now have a greater choice of primary education with the addition of an Educate Together Primary School”.
Said Niall Wall again, “We look forward to working with the local community to ensure the school opens smoothly. Parental involvement is a big part of our ethos and we will be looking to engage immediately with parents and families in New Ross to make the school a reality."
Educate Together will be working closely with the Department of Education Officials and an announcement on accommodation is expected in due course. It is anticipated that offers will be made for places in the school early in 2015 along with the commencement of the recruitment process for a Principal Teacher for the school.
This is the next step in the ongoing school patronage survey process, which seeks to divest primary schools of denominational patronage and ensure diversity of choice for parents. The process saw parental surveys carried out all over Ireland, and of these, recommendations were made for a change of school patronage, from denominational to Educate Together, in 25 areas, including New Ross.