Doyle Urges parents to take part in the patronage process for the new secondary school that will open in Greystones in 2020

Wicklow TD and Minister of State, Andrew Doyle, has welcomed today’s announcement that the The Online Patronage Preference System is now open for the new post primary schools to be established in Greystones. The new 800 pupil post-primary school to serve Kilcoole & Greystones will open in 2020.

Doyle said ‘I received confirmation this morning from Minister Joe McHugh, that the The Online Patronage Preference System is now open until the 4th October. In total 4 patron bodies have applied for the patronage for the school, they are, An Foras Pátrúnachta, Educate Together, Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) and Scoil Sinéad Limited.

‘I urge all mothers, fathers and guardians of children who are due to enrol in post-primary school from 2020-2024 in Greystones and Kilcoole to complete the online survey to make their voices heard. The online survey for parents can be accessed at https://patronage.education.gov.ie<https://patronage.education.gov.ie/>

‘The parental preference survey in relation to the new schools will be held as part of the Online Patronage Process System (OPPS). The patronage process for new schools is overseen by the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). The wishes of parents and guardians, together with the extent of diversity already available in these areas, will be key to deciding the type of schools we will have in the future.

‘The patronage process for new schools is overseen by the independent New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). This group, which was set up in 2011 to advise the Minister on the patronage of new schools, will analyse the report on the online surveys and consider other criteria before issuing a recommendation to the Minister.