Written answers

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Department of Education and Skills

School Patronage

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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284. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to clarify the co-educational status of a school (details supplied) for the academic year 2025-2026; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28739/24]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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As the Deputy is aware the decision-making authority for any change of status is the Patron/Trustees of the schools, and this is subject to the approval of my Department.

Any proposed change involves extensive consultation at local level and must be well planned and managed in a manner that accommodates the interests of students, parents, teachers, local communities and contributes to an inclusive education system.

My Department has received correspondence from the patrons of the school referred requesting a change of status to co-educational. The request has been granted by the Department with effect 2025/26 academic year and the Patron has been advised of same.

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