Parents Concerned over Lack of Midleton Educate Together Secondary School in East Cork

By Claire O'Donoghue

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A special public meeting has been arranged by concerned parents in East Cork. The topic of discussion is the creation of a campaign to get an Educate Together Secondary School in the area. A small committee has formed which hopes to expand its numbers following the meeting which will take place on Wednesday, 6 February at 7.30pm at Midleton's Educate Together National School.
Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Parent, Áine Leahy said, “Parents are concerned at the lack of choice for those of us who chose the Educate Together system and ethos for our children's education, being left without a continued service for Secondary School. Our children are very happy in Midleton Educate Together and we, as parents, are also. Parents are involved in the school's varied activities and there is a real community atmosphere. My daughter will be going into 6th class this year. After that the only option, if we want to continue with Educate Together, is a commute to their only Secondary School in Cork City. That is not something I would really want for my children. We are very happy with our choice of Educate Together and feel a Secondary School in our local area should be available to us.”

There are currently 515 students in Midleton's Educate Together. The parents of each will, in turn, be faced with the same lack of choice as they complete their primary level education. This will be the second proposed application for such a Secondary School in the area. Two representatives from Educate Together will be at the meeting to advise parents on all that will be needed to start and continue their campaign, with parental involvement a large part of the Educate Together system. It is hoped there will be a large turnout and show of support. For anyone who requires further information or is interested in getting involved with the campaign, please come along to the meeting on Wednesday, 6 February at 7.30pm or email ecet2ndl@gmail.com

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