THE new secondary school for Naas is likely to open for the 2014 academic year.
Run by the County Kildare VEC, it will cater for the rise in student numbers throughout the area in the primary schools in areas like Sallins, Caragh, Kill, Two Mile House, Ballymore Eustace and Blessington.
The school will initially be located at Craddockstown – on a site roughly opposite the nursing home on the Craddockstown Road.
According to Sean Ashe, CEO of the Co. Kildare VEC it will be accommodated in a fast build structure but it’s likely that it will be permanently located on the Dublin side of Naas.
Piper’s Hill College, which opened in 2009 with 600 students now has about 800 students. Some 200 are expected into first year classes next month.
“When talks took place about a new second level school for the town it was clear also that both Naas CBS and St. Mary’s College are nearly at capacity,” said Mr. Ashe adding the new school will be able to take in 750 young people.
“I sought a 1,000 capacity school when Piper’s Hill College was being planned; the Department wanted a 750 student school and they eventually agreed to a 1,000 pupil school,” added Mr. Ashe.
- Paul O’Meara