The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has revealed plans for a new secondary school in Dunshaughlin.

Today she invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new post-primary schools to be established in September 2021.

Minister Foley said: “This is an unusual and challenging time for school patrons and school communities. It is important that the patronage process for the post-primary schools which are to open in 2021 is conducted in as normal a fashion as possible, with patrons being given the opportunity to apply to run the new schools, and parents given the opportunity to express their preference on the choice of patron.

“Despite the continuing situation with regard to Covid-19, it is important that the 2021 post-primary patronage process gets underway now in order that the incoming school patrons have sufficient time to make the necessary preparations for the schools’ opening in 2021.”

Today’s invitation follows on from the announcement since 2018 of the establishment of 45 new schools to cater for demographic growth over the four-year period from 2019 to 2022.

The Department has recently completed the first step of an updated review of demographics at post-primary level, having regard to updated information on demographics and additional residential development. Following this review the Minister for Education has approved a number of changes to the list of post-primary schools to be established in 2021, as follows:

New post-primary schools, not previously announced, will be established in the following school planning areas:

• Dunshaughlin

• Gorey

A patronage process is run after it has been decided that a new school is required.

Accordingly, a patronage process will now be undertaken in respect of the four post-primary schools to be established in 2021 which will serve the following school planning areas:

• Ballincollig

• Booterstown_Blackrock & Dún Laoghaire

• Dunshaughlin