Express your Interest in a Community College for your area

Express your Interest in a Community College for your area

Monday 16th May, 2016 - Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) has confirmed that it is applying for patronage of 5 proposed new second level schools for the areas of Malahide/Portmarnock, Carpenterstown/Castleknock, Swords, Lucan and Firhouse. 

The Department of Education and Skills has said that each new school will cater for the education of 1,000 pupils from their locally surrounding communities. The planned new schools for Malahide/Portmarnock, Carpenterstown/Castleknock, Swords and Lucan are scheduled to open in September 2017 and Firhouse in September 2018.

The ETB will apply for patronage using its state-of-the-art new Community College model and is inviting parents to submit expressions of interest no later than 7th June 2016 if their children are about to enter second level school for the first time in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Details and expressions of interest form can be found online or by calling the ETB on (01) 452 9600.

Paddy Lavelle, Chief Executive of DDLETB said, “This is a very positive development where each location has been designated by the Department of Education as a priority area for a modern new school. We’re proposing our Community College model where we have recently established excellent new schools in several areas including Lusk, Donabate, Adamstown and Phibblestown, among a total of 27 Community Colleges where we are patron in the Greater Dublin Area."

“Our Community Colleges are co-educational and multi-denominational schools, with a community based ethos of inclusivity and the highest educational standards. The new schools will also be technologically advanced using the latest Information and Communication Technologies. As patron, we will support and encourage the involvement of parents, teachers, community representatives and local primary school interests as the key influencers of the College’s ethos and direction.”

 “The Community College model is designed to meet the educational, social and diversity needs of the local community. It will provide an educational experience that reflects modern day needs and changes in society, equipping children for life and living in a modern and progressive world.  We’re inviting and encouraging parents to send in their expressions of interest and we would very much look forward to working with the entire community to progress the establishment of these modern new Community Colleges.”

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB has an established tradition of excellence in post-primary education and more than 100 years’ experience as an educational patron in Ireland.

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