‘We just want to go to secondary school in our local area’ – Minister backs St Andrew’s pupils
“We just want to go to secondary school in our local area.”
That’s the plea of primary school pupils from St Andrew’s Church of Ireland National School in Bray which is not currently a feeder school for any secondary school.
The school has been campaigning for the past number of years for it to be aligned with Church Of Ireland secondary school Temple Carrig in Greystones as there are only 12 places available between five Church of Ireland schools in the county of Wicklow outside Greystones – and St Andrew’s is among those five.
This figure of 12 also includes children who are siblings of pupils already enrolled in Temple Carrig, thus reducing the chances of St Andrew’s pupils getting in.
Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has made a submission to the Department of Education in support of the parents of St Andrews National School.
“I have outlined to the Department of Education how Temple Carrig requires additional capacity to cater for St Andrew’s pupils as well as their existing students,” Mr Harris says.
“The announcement of the new second level school to open in Greystones does not remove the need for additional capacity in Temple Carrig. They are amenable to enrolling St Andrews students but cannot do so until they have sufficient capacity.”