Educate Together has welcomed the news that Portobello Educate Together National School will open its doors in temporary accommodation in Harcourt Terrace this September
The Department of Education and Skills has announced that the school is to be located in the former Film Censor’s Office on 12-16 Harcourt Terrace in Dublin city.
Welcoming the announcement, Educate Together CEO Paul Rowe said, The confirmation of a location for the Portobello school is very good news for all the parents who have campaigned for a school for so long. It is great to be able to give clarity to parents on the exact location of the school, which will open on September 2nd of this year.
School Principal Dermot Stanley also welcomed the news, stating We are absolutely delighted that the school has a home and that we can get to work right away on housing our new community. This is certainly a vibrant area – the children and their teachers will enjoy exploring their immediate surroundings in this wonderful part of Dublin.
Demand for Educate Together places has been particularly acute in Dublin city where its schools are heavily over-subscribed. The campaign to open a school in Dublin 8 has been running for over three years. Irrespective of the planned opening of this school, Educate Together is progressing the planned doubling of capacity of the nearby Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School. The level of demand in Dublin city is such that there will be ongoing need for additional Educate Together schools, both at primary and second-level.
Portobello Educate Together NS is one of three new Educate Together schools that will open this year. Firhouse Educate Together NS in will open in Dublin 24, and Rochestown Educate Together NS will open in Cork this September.
As with other Educate Together schools, this new school will be a multi-denominational national school teaching the national curriculum and delivering the Learn Together Ethical Curriculum.