Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

New online system to give Galway parents a say in new school type

Minister Kyne expresses his preference for school to be Galway’s first Educate Together Secondary School

A new Online Patronage Process System which has been launched will enable parents to have their say on the patronage of new schools.

The online system, confirmed to me by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD can be accessed at http://patronage.education.gov.ie and will be used to help determine the patronage of four new schools including a secondary school to be located in the City or Oranmore areas.

I encourage parents – those of children attending primary schools in the Galway City and Oranmore areas who will be attending a secondary school within the next five years – to have their say on what type of patron they would prefer to run the new secondary for the Galway City/Oranmore area.

This new system, introduced by my colleague, Minister Bruton, promotes inclusion and accessibility by inviting parents to have their say on the type of school they would like their child to attend. Parents will be provided with information on the prospective patrons and the school planning area in which they reside.

Following this new consultation process, the New Schools Establishment Group of the Department of Education will report to the Minister with recommendations on the patronage of the new schools.

My personal preference is for this new secondary school to be Galway’s first Educate Together secondary school because other patronage options are currently provided for and a new Educate Together second-level school would serve the half-a-dozen Educate Together primary schools in Galway.

Interested parents have until 31st July to register their preference which is in keeping with the timeline to have the new secondary school open in 2019.

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