New Hansfield school application is lodged

by Gazette Reporter

THE planning application for one of the first Educate Together secondary schools has been lodged by the Department of Education, marking an exciting milestone for supporters of the patronage.
Fingal County Council received the planning application for the second-level school at Hansfield earlier this month.
The proposed development consists of a new three-storey building catering for approximately 1,000 students, and includes a special needs unit, car parking, a bus drop-off point and six ball courts.
“It is a significant milestone for Educate Together, and it is one we have been working towards for the past 10 years,” said Educate Together spokesperson John Holohan.
“This is one of three second-level schools we will be opening in 2014. Hansfield is under our patronage, and the other two – one in Drogheda and the other one in Lucan – will be open in association with Co Dublin VEC.
“It’s a very exciting development for everyone in the area, and, for people who currently send their children to Educate Together schools in the area, they have a second-level option now, and it shows the strength of what Educate Together offers.
“We have great hopes for its future success,” he said.
Meanwhile, Blanchardstown West Educate Together primary school, which is currently located in temporary buildings in Littlepace, will soon get its new premises after permission was granted for a new school building across from the site where the new secondary school will be.
According to Gerry McKevitt, Educate Together regional development officer, the national school will be built first.
“The primary school has been granted permission and is going out to tender, but the second-level school is not that far advanced.
“The primary school is being built first. It’s a 24-classroom school, and the plan is that because the second-level school will take longer to build, initially the second-level school will open in the primary school while the second-level school is being completed.
“The primary school will move to its new permanent building for September 2014, and it will change its name from Blanchardstown West Educate Together national school to Hansfield Educate Together national school,” he said.

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