Campaign to get new Educate Together school at Leixlip in Kildare

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Campaign to get new Educate Together school at Leixlip in Kildare

Orla Matthews

A campaign has begun in Leixlip to get an Educate Together school built in the area.

On the 40th anniversary of the opening of what would become the first Educate Together primary school in Ireland, Dalkey School Project, some Leixlip parents want one of the new planned Educate Together schools opened in the town.

Seen as  and alternative to the monopoly of religious-run schools in Ireland, Educate Together  now run 84 primary and 13 second-level schools around the country.

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together, said that  demand for its model is growing and it has announced its intention to apply for a brand new primary school to serve Leixlip and to open in 2019.

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In April of this year, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said that 42 new primary and secondary schools would open by 2022, with one school to be based in Leixlip.

This month the Department of Education will launch an online survey (Online Patronage Process System) asking parents to choose their preferred school patron.

Orla Matthews, parent and volunteer with the Leixlip Educate Together Campaign said: “I am a passionate supporter of Educate Together and am committed to working towards opening an Educate Together national school in my community for my child. It is a shame that families continue to have to lobby for schools where they don't have to produce a baptismal certificate on enrolment and where their children will be treated equally during the school day. It is vital that parents in Leixlip go to the Department website to vote Educate Together. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Orla said interested parents should visit educatetogether.ie/leixlip for more details.