Celbrige school patronage announced

UK Golfer Richard Finch (centre) who was Irish Open Golfing Ambassador for Celbridge,  pictured with teacher Gary Quinn, school caretaker Myles Quinn, Principal, Ann Marie O'Halloran, teacher Olwynne Kehoe and secretary Mary O'Meara and pupils of St. Patricks Primary School, Celbridge, during the 3-Towns Irish Open Festival activities last week.   Photo Tony Keane.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn has decided the patronage of the new secondary secondary school for Celbridge is to be jointly shared between Educate Together and Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (formerly VEC)

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn has decided the patronage of the new secondary secondary school for Celbridge is to be jointly shared between Educate Together and Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (formerly VEC)

Kildare North TD, Emmet Stagg said the announcement follows on from a recommendation by the New Schools Establishment Group who looked at parental demand in Celbridge following the survey conducted last May and June.

He said the outcome of the survey in Celbridge showed that there was an effective equality of support for both the Educate Together patronage and the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board patronage.

Deputy Stagg said both bodies have agreed amongst themselves to share the patronage and will liaise with the parents who preferred their patronage to ensure that they support the joint sharing of patronage also.

The new school will accommodate up to 1,000 pupils on an 11 acre campus located at The Commons, Hazelhatch Road, Celbridge. It will comprise 36 Classrooms, a PE Hall, General Purpose Hall and 2 Special Needs Classrooms.

A planning decision for the new school is due on 11 December next.

Deputy Stagg said, if granted, he would seek construction commencement date brought forward from its current expected date of 2015/2016.