Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (87, 88)

Alan Farrell

Question:

82 Deputy Alan Farrell asked 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 of the amenity hall; the approximate date of its delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4304/12]

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Alan Farrell

Question:

83 Deputy Alan Farrell asked 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. [4305/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 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.