July 31, 2021

BREAKING: Patron of new secondary school in Greystones revealed

The Education and Training Board will be the patron of the new secondary school in Greystones, Wicklow TD and senior Government minister Simon Harris confirmed today.

Welcoming the annoucement, Minister Harris said: “I am delighted to announce that the Education and Training Board has been selected to be patron of the new Secondary School in Greystones. I would like to thank all the families who participated in the patronage selection process.”

More than 800 local families participated in the selection process for the patron of the new school in Charlestown. More than half of these indicated the Education and Training Board “as their first preference”, according to Minister Harris.

He added: “Greystones has seen a surge in school enrolments not only due to more families living in our community but also more parents choosing to enrol their children in local schools. This announcement will provide peace of mind for many families who have struggled to find a second level place for their child. The new school will have a capacity of 800 and will open in Autumn 2020.

“This is another significant investment in Greystones with the announcement last week that St David’s has been given the green light to proceed with their new buildings.”

Local Social Democrats councillor Jennifer Whitmore also welcomed the announcement.

Cllr Whitmore said: “I am very relieved that the decision as to who will run the school has been finally made. It is over 10 weeks since the patronage competition closed and many parents and students have been understandably concerned with the delay in the announcement. I have been inundated with parents asking when a decision would be made, and it’s great that this has now happened and parents have some certainty about who will run their child’s new school and can see progress being made in setting it up.”

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