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25/09/2021

Newbridge mother frustrated no choices for educating daughter

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A Newbridge mother is seriously concerned that there may not be a secondary school of choice available for her daughter. Elizabeth Bartholomew is one of the driving forces behind a major campaign in the county, appealing for an additional Educate Together secondary school in County Kildare. She is deeply worried that her daughter Catherine, now in fourth class at Newbridge Educate Together, will not have a secondary school available for her when she leaves primary. Meanwhile Kildare South TDs are meeting Education Minister Jan O'Connell today to discuss future capacity requirements at primary and secondary level. Statistics reveal that there is a shortfall of 140 school places in Newbridge. In September, an Educate Together post-primary school opened its doors in Celbridge. There are no other schools of this type for second level students in the county, but, there are a number of primary schools. Ms Bartholomew, along with thousands of parents in the county, is urging Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan to construct an Educate Together school in Newbridge She said :"If I can't get my daughter into Newbridge, I will have to send her to a school in Naas. This would not be my first choice. She is not Catholic, she is not Church of Ireland, my choice is Educate Together.  I had considered that I would send her to Celbridge, but I don't want to do that, it is too far for her to travel." Ms Bartholomew also has two year old twins, and says that it is important to have a school in Newbridge or Kildare, for their future. She said:"It is worrying for all of my children. There is a demand for another school." A tally established by parents appealing for Educate Together schools now have 1,600 names registered in a petition for a new school. Speaking to KildareNow, Ms Bartholomew outlined reasons for choosing Educate Together for her children. She said: "I like that they call their teachers by their first names. There is no uniform. At Educate Together, I think that there is a different method of learning. It is multidenominational, they are learning about all religions. It is pro-choice." Parents who want ‪#‎choice‬ ‪#‎diversity‬ ‪#‎equalitybased‬ education in Kildare South can register at  http://sket2ndlevel.org/expression-of-interest/  and the petition on  http://sket2ndlevel.org/minister-for-education-petition/

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