Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (205)

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

205. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide more resources to a school (details supplied) to enable it to meet the clear demand for first year places for the 2020-2021 academic year; the reason a cap of 48 places has been introduced for the 2020-2021 academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44311/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school referred to by the Deputy opened in September 2019 in interim accommodation pending delivery of its permanent accommodation as part of my Department's Design and Build Programme.

In an interim situation it is not possible to provide the same level of accommodation which will be delivered as permanent accommodation. This may mean that the schools intake in its first few years of operation will by necessity be less than would be possible in permanent accommodation.

My Department's main priority is to ensure that all pupils have access to a school place, however, this may not always result in a school place of first choice. A range of factors including parental choice, school location and commuting patterns can contribute to oversubscription of certain schools within an area.