Enrolment at Limerick Educate Together secondary increases as new campus advances

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Members of Limerick ETSS board of mangement, parents’ council, principal Eoin Shinners, Kieran O'Donnell and future students beside the site for the new school Picture: Dave Gaynor

Members of Limerick ETSS board of mangement, parents’ council, principal Eoin Shinners, Kieran O'Donnell and future students beside the site for the new school Picture: Dave Gaynor

FUTURE ENROLMENT for Limerick’s newest secondary school has increased by a third with the school securing a site for its “state-of-the-art” campus in Castletroy.

The total enrolment for Limerick Educate Together Secondary School (Limerick ETSS) has increased to 800 students, in response to demand for school places in the Castletroy and Monaleen area. 

Enrolment for 2018 was capped at 80 students, with the school previously expected to grow to accommodate 600 students.

“Limerick ETSS offers parents and their children living in the Castletroy area another choice,” Limerick ETSS principal Eoin Shinners said.

“This is great news for the community as a whole. The Minister for Education and Skills subject to a suitable grant of planning permission being obtained,” he added. 

Last week, the Department of Education formally conveyed that the acquisition of a greenfield site opposite Northern Trust near the Tipperary Roundabout totaling 12.4 acres, has been agreed. 

The school is currently located at the Salesian’s Secondary School building in Fernbank, North Circular Road on a temporary basis.

As well as a state of the art campus, playing fields and gymnasium, the new school will also have a purpose built ASD unit.

“The new build ties in with a great development plan for the green field site,” Mr Shinners added. 

“Student voice is key to all that we do in our school,” he explained.

“Democracy and student centred learning is integral across every facet of school life and therefore it just makes sense to have students play a leading role on the night.” 

Senator Kieran O’Donnell has welcomed the move to secure the site.

“I have worked with the school to progress this site acquisition over the last number of months and wish to compliment principal Eoin Shinners and all at Limerick Educate Together on this project. 

“Furthermore, all my efforts will now be directed towards getting the new school built as quickly as possible. 

“In the interim, until the permanent school is built, I will be looking for the school to be based in temporary accommodation on this same site and transfer from the temporary location at Salesians School, NCR. 

“This new school was to cater for the increasing school going population of the greater Castletroy area and we need the school based here as quickly as possible.”