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The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, T.D., has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of 12 new primary schools to be established in September 2019.
Today’s invitation follows on from the announcement on 13th April 2018 for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four year period from 2019 to 2022. A patronage process is run after it has been decided that the new school is required.
A patronage process will be undertaken in respect of 12 primary schools to be established in 2019 which will serve the following school planning areas:
A new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) has been developed to provide objective information to all parents and guardians which will allow them to make an informed choice in expressing a preference for their preferred model of patronage for their child’s education, including their preference for their child to be educated through the medium of Irish or English.
Prospective patrons should complete an application form available on the Department’s website https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Establishing-a-New-School/Establishing-a-New-School.html and submit to the Department by 1 p.m. on the 13th November 2018. This form will input into the new online system and will provide key information to parents and guardians in expressing a preference, which is one of the key determinants in decisions on patronage.
Inviting applications from interested patrons/prospective patrons today, Minister McHugh said: “Parental preferences for each patron, from parents/guardians of children who reside in the school planning areas concerned, together with the extent of diversity currently available in these areas, are key to decisions in relation to the outcome of this process.”
The patronage process for new schools is overseen by the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). This Group was set up in 2011 to advise the Minister on the patronage of new schools following its consideration of a report prepared by the Department on the applications received.
The schools will be established in line with the requirements and criteria originally announced in June 2011 for the patronage of new schools. These requirements and criteria are published on the Department’s website and will also be provided to prospective applicants. Applicants must confirm they will comply with each of the requirements and criteria in order for their application to be processed.