Not enough demand for new Naas school places just yet

Work in progress at the new school site at Craddockstown, Naas.                        Photo Tony Keane.

Work in progress at the new school site at Craddockstown, Naas. Photo Tony Keane.

The new second level school planned for Naas will not open at the start of the next academic year (September 2014).

According to the Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) the school, to be known as Naas Community College, “will not be required to open for 2014/2015 academic year.”

Earlier indications suggested that the school would open but it now transpires there is not enough demand for an opening this autumn.

The KWETB says it appeared there were insufficient second level places in the Naas area, prompting a request from the Department of Education and Science for KWETB to investigate.

“The outcome of that examination is that all applications for second level places can be accommodated in the existing schools in Naas for 2014/15,” said a KWETB spokeswoman.

In the meantime the Naas Community National School - the newest primary school in Naas and located at the Piper’s Hill campus - is to be relocated to the Craddockstown building.The NCNS is the KWETB’s first primary school and the growth in numbers attending the school will result in two additional classrooms being required.

Because of this growth and the imminent construction of a new St. David’s school (relocating from Dublin Road) it was decided to move the national school to Craddockstown. However, this requires the go ahead from the Department and this decision is awaited by the KWETB.

In the longer term Naas Community College - which will be the fifth second level school in the town - is likely to be built at Millennium Park.

KWETB says it is “progressing the acquisition of a site” for the new school and a design team has been appointed for this project. This new school is likely to eventually cater for 1,000 students.




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