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Our New School

1.    Introduction (this page)
2.    Timelines
3.    All Images and Drawings
4.    The Revised Planning Application

Plans for new school continue at a pace. We were delighted to receive notification from Fingal County Council of their
decision to grant permission for our new school building. This is the first hurdle over, but there is still a long road ahead. We will keep you informed of any developments and will depend on your support as our dream comes closer to being realised.

In the meantime work will continue on the present school and portacabins to make them as comfortable as possible for the present pupils.

The Story so far

We began the journey in 1996 when discussions opened with the Department of Education and Skills (Dept.) on an anticipated increase in the number of classrooms our school would require.  At this time, while our numbers were remaining constant, the Pupil-Teacher ratio was dropping.  Because of our school size, each drop of one in the PT Ratio would give our school an additional teacher.   In 1997 we requested additional permanent classrooms but a feasibility study determined that the present school building could not be raised.  In 1998 we were given permissio to install the ”dreaded” portacabins. (They seemed a good proposal at that  point given that we were told that a new building would start within 2 years).  Of course things don't always turn out as promised. In the intervening 18 years, we have been through 3 design proposals, up many cul-de-sacs, looked into green fields, ploughed brown field, been on lists and off lists. Indeed we even had two floods, which is strange in one of the highest schools in Ireland.  But all that is now in the past - 2016 is our year.

The final documentation was lodged with the Department of Education and Skills in Dec 2015. The Design Team set about  assessing the suitability of interested Building Contractors. Tender Documents and Contracts were prepared and the green light was switched on.

Why did it take so long:

While we waited on the sidelines, we looked with envy at the many schools on the fast tracked schools, the design and build schools and indeed, the generic designs, which seem to spawn like mushrooms over night - not yet conceived one day, occupied the next.  Many have asked why it has taken so long, and rightly so. One of the big problems was the nature of the site, with its steep rise and its restricted size. Three different design proposals were put forward but each was turned down by either Department of Education and Skills or the Planners.  Indeed a year’s delay was incurred with the present design being sent to An Bord Pleanala. But, we're moving forward now - fingers crossed there be no more obstacles. From start of construction to occupation will take less than 24 months - roll on 2018.

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