Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Department of Education and Skills
787. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills why an application for a Steiner school at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry was refused; and if she will actively seek an alternative suitable facility. [46916/15]
I propose to take questions 751 and 787 together.
In the case of the location referred to by the Deputy, the school is in a remote location serving a small community. Under the proposal to the Catholic Patron for a potential change of patronage to Lifeways Ireland Limited, the long-term viability of the school would appear to rely on the enrolment of children who reside some 20 kms or more from the location referred to. Apart from the resultant cost of school transport provision, my Department will need to examine whether the school in question is serving the needs of the community.
Lifeways Ireland Limited are due to meet with my Department in the coming weeks to explore the matter further.