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David Stanton, Fine Gael TD for Cork East and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, has learned that Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) has confirmed that an additional 54 first year places are to be made available in Midleton and Carrigtwohill.  These second level school places will be in St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton and Carrigtwohill Community College for the upcoming academic year 2020/2021.

Speaking after the CETB announcement, David Stanton said: “I am pleased that additional first year places are being made available in Midleton and Carrigtwohill this September as we know that there are still large numbers of children leaving Sixth Class in June who are still without a second level school place.  These extra places should help reduce waiting lists substantially and I know that some other schools are also examining taking in extra streams in the upcoming academic year.

“I understand that CETB has confirmed that the creation of 24 additional places in St Colman’s Community College is possible as on site completion works on the large extension are now progressing.  CETB has advised that the project plan is currently on schedule for phase 1 completion by September 2020 and full completion before the end of the year.

“The additional 30 places in Carrigtwohill Community College can be offered as CETB have received approval from the Department of Education and Skills for a comprehensive three-year temporary accommodation plan to give security to teachers, staff and students that there will have sufficient teaching facilities and social spaces to accommodate all current and prospective students while the permanent school campus project is being constructed.

“I believe that further to today’s announcement Carrigtwohill Community College and St. Colman’s Community College should be in a position to offer further places in the coming days”, concluded David Stanton.