Two new secondary schools are planned for Co Cork in 2016, with approximately 1,500 students eventually to be catered for in Carrigaline and East Cork.
The sites for both have yet to be identified by the Department of Education.
Among the decisions will be whether to build a new school in Carrigtwohill or Midleton to help address under-capacity in the East Cork area’s existing secondary schools.
The department has invited prospective patrons to apply for the running of the schools, along with six other second-level facilities it intends to have opened next year and in 2016.
The others will be in Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow.
A new all-Irish gaelcholáiste is already scheduled to open in Carrigaline next year under the patronage of Co Cork Vocational Education Committee which, by then, should have merged with its city counterpart to form the Cork Education and Training Board.
But, despite this, as well as work having started in February on a major extension to Carrigaline Community School, the department predicts there will still be enough of an increase in local students to justify a third secondary school in the town.
It will be a 500-student school, half the size of the one planned for Midleton /Carrigtwohill.
The East Cork school is designed to cater for students from a wide catchment, as pressure mounts for places in schools in Glanmire, Carrigtwohill, and Midleton. An extension is also being planned for Midleton CBS all-boys’ secondary school.
“The department is working with Cork County Council to progress the acquisition of a suitable site for the school from a number of potential sites identified in the area. The most suitable location for the new school will depend on the availability of a suitable site and the objective of providing a choice of schools in the Midleton /Carrigtwohill area,” a spokesperson said.
In April last year, Carrigaline Community School received permission for a major extension which will include 15 new classrooms including a special needs unit, a new PE hall, and a range of other facilities.
The department has also recently invited patrons to apply to run four new primary schools, including one in Midleton, which it intends to open to infant pupils in Sept 2014.
The others will be in Swords and Sandymount/Ringsend in Dublin, and in Knocknacarra to serve the west of Galway City.
In the case of new primary and secondary schools, prospective patrons will have to provide evidence of parental interest in enrolling children in their type of school to support their applications.
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