The multi-denominational education body Educate Together have been awarded patronage for a 1,000-pupil post-primary school in North Wicklow.
This new secondary school is in addition to the new Templecarrig Secondary School due to begin construction shortly in Greystones and open its doors next September.
Three other post-primary Educate Together schools will open in 2015, two in Dublin and one in Louth, and these will be the first schools run by the organisation.
Speaking to East Coast FM this morning, Jessica Bird, Chair of the North Wicklow Educate Together Second-level Action Group, said the new school would open in 2016 and a site for the school was yet to be selected. “We have a lot of time to start looking around but we hope to have a site confirmed over the coming weeks,” she said.
Greystones-based TD Simon Harris said the new school will give people in North Wicklow more choice in the ethos in which they want their children to be educated, as well as meeting increased demand for places from the growing population in Bray and surrounding areas.
“The construction of this school will also benefit the local economy, through the creation of jobs in the construction sector as well as the associated teaching jobs,” he said. “I congratulate Educate Together for its hard work in bringing this project to fruition. The Department of Education will now link with the new patron body to identify a site for the school and a plan to develop the project. I look forward to working with the community as this new school is constructed and ultimately opens its doors in the coming years.”