Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Department of Education and Skills
138. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to increase the capacity and the number of pupils enrolled in a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26761/21]
139. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) is expected to increase the number of new pupils enrolling; if so, when this is expected to happen; the infrastructure her Department will provide; when it will be in place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26762/21]
140. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) will be provided with two special educational needs classrooms and three general purpose classrooms that was previously agreed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26771/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 to 140, inclusive, together.
I wish to advice the Deputy that my Department has carried out a detailed analysis to identify areas where, due to demographic growth, there may be a requirement for additional school provision both at primary and post-primary level. It was identified that there is a need for additional post-primary provision in the Lucan School Planning Area (SPA), and on this basis the Department requested Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB’s (DDLETB) approval, as Patron, to increase the Long-Term Projected Enrolment (LTPE) of the school in question to 1,000 students.
This school, in agreement with the Department and Patron, DDLETB, has agreed to increase their Long Term Projected Enrolment (LTPE) to 1,000 pupils from September 2021.
Officials from my Department have recently corresponded with the school Patron regarding increasing the existing accommodation brief to cater for the Long-Term Projected enrolment and to identify any interim accommodation needs. On receipt of reply the application for additional accommodation will be progressed.