Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has welcomed confirmation of the amalgamation of the Allenwood Boys National School and Allenwood Girls National School which will become effective from 30th August.

“I had been working with both principals Carole Fenton and Patricia Keely to ensure a speedy decision on this amalgamation which was strongly worked for and desired on both sides.

“The desire for co-education has been in existence for many years amongst the parents and the wider community of Allenwood and this year presented a perfect opportunity to amalgamate.  All pupils in both schools will benefit from the synergies of a combined school.

“I welcome this decision and look forward to working with the Boards of Management of both schools as they work towards the formal amalgamation at the end of August.”