Swords parents asked to express preference for patronage new primary schools to be established in 2019

North County parents are invited to express their preference in relation to the patronage of the new schools serving Swords north and Swords south, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has said.

Deputy Farrell said: “I encourage parents of children in Swords, and its surrounding communities who will be starting school in the next five years to engage with the process.  This is your opportunity to make your views known and help to shape the education of the future.

“This system has been developed to provide objective information to all parents and guardians which will allow them to make an informed choice in expressing a preference for a patronage model and language of instruction for their child’s education.

“These planned new schools for Swords north and Swords south were decided following on from a nationwide, forward-planning exercise carried out by the Department of Education into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country.”

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said: “We are fortunate in Ireland to have a growing population. However, this growth puts pressure on our public services. If we are to have a world class education and training system we must ensure that we adequately prepare for this future need by planning necessary modern school facilities now.”

The patronage process for new schools is overseen by the independent New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). This Group was set up in 2011 to advise the Minister on the patronage of new schools following its consideration of a report prepared by the Department on the applications received.

Parents are invited to express their patronage preferences using the Department’s new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website -https://patronage.education.gov.ie