Pupils face pressure for places as school to close

The announced closure of an all-girls secondary school in Limerick poses a massive challenge on the already stressed placement system, a former mayor of the city has warned.

Pupils face pressure for places as school to close

Staff at Scoil Carmel in O’Connell Avenue were told on Monday that the school will close when Leaving Cert students finish in the summer of 2016.

There are 250 girls enrolled and the school has a teaching staff of 30.

The decision was announced by representatives of the Sisters of Mercy voluntary schools trustee body when they met staff.

The sad news was subsequently relayed to parents and pupils. The school has seen pupil numbers drop in recent years.

Local representative and former mayor, Cllr Jim Long, said parents of girls attending Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in Ballinacurra Weston are very concerned at the decision.

“Up to 90 families are now faced with the task of trying to find alternative schools for their daughters.

“It is going to put a terrible strain on the already over stretched placement situation with regard to places in secondary schools in the city. Many families who have daughters attending Scoil Carmel have siblings who would have right of entry, and they now find themselves having to start searching. I have been inundated with phone calls from concerned parents.”

One of the teaching staff at Scoil Carmel, is Cllr Tom Shortt.

He said: “It’s a very sad day. I love the school and it is a fantastic place to work and teach.”

This is the second major recent school closure announcement in Limerick.

The Salesian secondary school in Fernbank will also close in 2016 and merge with St Nessan’s College in Moylish. A new school will be formed to cater for up to 750 secondary students from the north side of the city.

One of the teaching staff at Scoil Carmel, is Cllr Tom Shortt.

He said: “It’s a very sad day. I love the school and it is a fantastic place to work and teach.”

Schools in the county have been attracting an increasing number of city students in recent years.

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