For Written Answer on : 15/06/2021
Question Number(s): 701 Question Reference(s): 30477/21
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Education the number of pupils that the forward planning unit of her Department envisages will apply for a second-level school place in the Midleton and Carrigtwohill school planning area in September 2022; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
As indicated to the Deputy in my response to Parliamentary Question 19410/21 on the 20th April, the current projection for first year intake numbers in the Midleton_Carrigtwohill school planning area is 771 pupils for 2022. This projection is based on my Department’s 2020 demographic review, and information available at the time of that exercise.
It should be noted, however, that residential development in an area can contribute to increased school place requirements. For that reason, my Department includes information received from local authorities in respect of current or planned residential developments in its consideration of future school place projections. Midleton_Carrigtwohill school planning area has a high level of residential development activity, as notified by the local authority, and this may result in demand additional to the numbers outlined above. This is informing deliberations in respect of any potential school accommodation requirements. The projections will continue to be updated on a rolling basis and will take account of the additional student numbers which may materialise when planned residential development is completed and occupied.