On Air Now

11 to 3 with John Dunne

11:00am - 3:00pm

  • 045 901 490
  • 0833-979797

Now Playing

Justin Timberlake

Rock Your Body

Kildare Pupils Struggle To Secure Secondary School Spots For Next Year

The Department of Education says it's aware of enrolment pressures.

Pupils across Kildare are still unable to secure a secondary school place for next year due to a shortage of spaces.

A number of parents in counties Kildare, Wicklow, Dublin, Galway, and Cork say they haven't been able to secure a first year place for their child for September.

The Department of Education says it's aware of enrolment pressures in these areas.

KFM recently reported how St Farnan's Secondary School and Scoil Mhuire in Clane are both operating at capacity, leaving parents in Prosperous, Donadea, Timahoe and further afield with limited options. 

Responding to school place deficits in Naas, Prosperous, Clane, Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth and Kilcock, Education Minister, Norma Foley, said: "A critical next step for the Department is to establish the actual number of additional first year places required for 2024 in order for an appropriate solution to be put in place. In that context, schools in a number of areas of enrolment pressure, including Naas, Prosperous, Clane, Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth and Kilcock, have been requested to share data on applications for admissions."

She added: "This data has been received by my officials and is currently being analysed with a view to establishing the actual requirement for places. Preliminary assessments indicate that duplications of applications, and applications from outside the local area, are very much contributing to enrolment pressures in the town."

She said the Department is working to clarify the actual requirement for additional school places and to identify particular further capacity requirements for 2024 and forthcoming years.

Social Democrats TD for Wicklow, Jennifer Whitmore, says better forward-planning is needed:

More from Local News

Stay tuned to Kfm!

Get the Kfm Apps for you phone, tablet or smart speaker...

Kfm Kildare Weather

  • Fri

    Light rain

    4°C

  • Sat

    Sunny intervals

    6°C

  • Sun

    Low-level cloud

    8°C

  • Mon

    Light rain

    7°C

  • Tue

    Sunny intervals

    10°C