Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has received confirmation from the Department of Education that an initial start up location for the new special school to be established in Kildare has been finalised.
“The Department have confirmed to me this morning (Friday) that the new special school in Kildare will initially be started at the Craddockstown Education Campus beside Naas Community National School. The longer-term location for this new special school, which is under the patronage of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board will be confirmed in due course.
“I have been pushing for confirmation of a location of the new school since it was announced as I am aware many families are keen to get applications in for this September. The demand exists for this new special school in Kildare and I welcome confirmation that it will commence operations for this September.
“It is expected that the new special school will cater for 24 students initially and that enrolment will increase further over the coming years. I am still awaiting details of the admission policy for the new special school which I understand are due to be published shortly.
“While confirmation of a start up location for the new special is welcome, to facilitate the school commencing this September, I will continue to push for finalisation of a longer term location to ensure certainty for the many families in South Kildare who are awaiting this important school.
“The initial announcement identified the need for a new special school in South Kildare and I know the demand exists for a full special school in the south of the County and I will continue to work with the Department of Education and the KWETB on a long term location in South Kildare”, concluded Minister Heydon