Parliamentary Question – Lusk Secondary School

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the delivery of the phased
secondary school at Lusk, County Dublin, will also include physical education
or a general purpose hall; the size the amenity hall will be; the approximate
date of its delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the work he proposes to undertake
in conjunction with Fingal County Council with regard to the Fingal schools
model at the planned Lusk secondary school, County Dublin; when that proposal
will be delivered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Answer: Minister Ruairí Quinn

I propose to take questions 82 and 83 together.
The new second level school for Lusk is one of 20 new schools, announced by the
Minister in June 2011, to be established in the next 6 years. It will be a post
primary school for 1000 pupils and it is anticipated that the first intake of
pupils will be in September 2013.

The construction of the new school will be delivered in phases. The first phase
of accommodation will be capable of catering for a minimum of 350 pupils and
comprise of circa 2,400m².  Along with general classroom accommodation, phase
one will include specialist accommodation such as music/drama area,
business/computer room, science laboratory, art/craft room, home economics,
technical graphics and construction studies/engineering/technology rooms.

Phase two of the building project will provide over 7000 additional square
metres of accommodation to cater for the full projected enrolment of 1000
students. The brief for this phase of the development will include general
classrooms, specialist rooms, a Special Educational Needs Unit and ancillary
accommodation. The brief will also provide for a PE Hall and, subject to the
provision of funding by Fingal County Council, an enhanced Community Facility.
The combined PE Hall and Community Facility will comprise just over 2000 square
metres of the accommodation to be provided in this phase. It is anticipated
that phase two of the new school will be ready for occupation by students in
September 2014.