Community working together for best educational facilities
A PUBLIC meeting took place in Ballyfermot to discuss the uncertainty surrounding the amalgamation of three secondary schools.
Caritas College, St Dominic’s College and St John’s College, were due to amalgamate into the new St Seton’s Secondary School, in September 2022, but this has been postponed for 12 months.
A lack of progress with regard to the building programme is a key factor for the delay.
Additional work is required to accommodate up to 800 pupils at the new school, which is set to be located on St John’s campus.
A local parents group was established over concerns pupils would be split into three schools until such time as work could be completed, saying this would create confusion and was not what they were promised when the plans were announced in 2019.
Sarah Green, St Seton’s Principal, was among those in attendance at the meeting in the Civic Centre.
Cllr Daithí Doolan (SF) said: “Ballyfermot parents, pupils, principals and political representatives are working together to demand the best education facilities for our community.
“We have requested a meeting with the Minister for Education and the boards of trustees to ensure there is proper consultation and facilities at the new site at St Setons.”
Cllr Vincent Jackson (Ind) said the issue has “created lots of uncertainty in relation to timelines and milestones not being met”.
“It was a very good meeting. I’ve lived in Ballyfermot all my life, I want to see the best local education for my boys.”