Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly is calling on the Minister for Education to re-examine the catchment area for the new Educate Together Secondary School in Bray after it emerged that Bray will be the only town in Wicklow served by the school.
The new 1000-pupil school was announced last November and is due to be completed in 2016.
“School patronage was awarded to Educate Together in Bray on the back of the needs of parents and children in Wicklow,” Donnelly said.
“1,066 families in Wicklow expressed interest in a second level Educate Together School. Only 133 families from outside of Wicklow expressed any interest in the school. And yet, it’s just come to light that the main feeder schools will be in Bray, Ballybrack and Kilternan.
“If there are still places available once these areas have been served, the school will accept children from Greystones and Balinteer. This is completely unacceptable given the demand for access to second level educate together schools in Wicklow.
“I have written to the minister asking him to re-examine the catchment area and consider redrawing it to recognise the needs that were used to decide on the patronage of the school in the first place – the needs of parents in Wicklow.”