Online Patronage Survey Process Opens in Six Areas

Educate Together welcomed news from the Department of Education and Skills that the Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) is now open. Parents in six areas can now express their preference for the patron of their brand new secondary schools to open in 2020. The survey will be open until 4 October and parents with children starting secondary school in 2020 to 2024 are invited to participate by voting at this link: https://patronage.education.gov.ie. The schools will several areas but one of which is the Citywest / Saggart area.

Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together commented,“This is a great opportunity for parents that want a truly innovative and holistic secondary education for their child. Educate Together is going from strength to strength at second level as our schools find ever more effective and creative ways to use our unique Ethical Education curriculum. Having just opened four secondary schools in the last few weeks I have seen firsthand the excitement and enthusiasm that parents, students and teachers have for the Educate Together model and hope to see more Educate Together secondary school communities come together to celebrate the opening of their new schools next year.”

Adelaide Nic Charthaigh, New Schools Programme Manager at Educate Together said, “We already have very strong support in these areas with some very well established and enthusiastic start-up groups. However, I would urge any parent that wants an Educate Together secondary school to vote as soon as possible and to share the link with their friends and family. Every vote counts in this process and ‘people power’ is one of Educate Together’s main strengths. Our teams will be on the ground in these areas in the coming weeks and look forward to meeting supporters and working on this campaign with them.” 

Interested parents should visit www.educatetogether.ie to find out more about the Educate Together ethos at second level and for information on voting.