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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (290)

Richard Bruton

Question:

290. Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Education the number of secondary schools in the Drumcondra school catchment area which are mixed and non-denominational; and the capacity of each school. [53762/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to confirm to the Deputy that there are 9 post primary schools in the Drumcondra/Marino school catchment area.

4 of these are mixed schools, 3 whose ethos is Inter Denominational and 1 whose ethos is Catholic 3 are boys schools whose ethos is Catholic 2 are girls schools whose ethos is Catholic

The Department records data as reported by schools on an annual basis in respect of their available accommodation and enrolment. The Department also holds records in respect of completed or planned Department-funded school building projects and historic enrolment data. However, it is a matter for individual Boards of Management to determine the capacity of their school building and appropriate enrolment levels.

It is also important to note that in city areas in particular, spare capacity or enrolment pressures in the wider region can impact on schools in a central school planning area.

Where capacity issues arise it may not be as a result of lack of accommodation but may be driven by the following factors:

- Duplication of applications – pupils have applied for a place to a number of schools in the area

- School of choice – pupils can’t get a place in their preferred school while there are places in other schools in the town/area

- Some towns/areas have single sex schools and while places are available in the school they are not available to all pupils

- External draw – pupils coming from outside the local area

My Department would engage with patron bodies to identify particular capacity requirements for a particular year(s) which may necessitate action in the form of additional interim accommodation, permanent extension or potential new school.

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