The Writing Is On The Wall Midleton Needs A New Secondary School

By Seamus Whelehan

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A campaign has been launched to offer parents and guardians an extra option when considering second level places for children in their care.

Midleton Educate Together held a meeting in Midleton on Wednesday to assess the demand for a new second level school in the area.

The multidenominational body say the additional facility would not only offer a resolution to kids stuck on a waiting list, but could also operate as a feeder school for their facility on the Mill Road.

“This is a campaign for what we think is a much needed additional secondary school for East Cork - not necessarily just for the ethos but for forward planning in a growing area in Cork County,” said Rhodri Mears, principal of Midleton Educate Together National School.

The Midleton Primary school is in operation over ten years and has 550 pupils in attendance.

Once a student is finished with their primary education the nearest educate together second level school is in Cork City.

The group intend to run a fundraising event in an effort to commission a report highlighting the need for an Educate Together secondary school in the area.

Niamh Wlyde chairperson of the board of Midleton Educate Together National School said “The demographic in East Cork has changed - Carrigtwohill and Midleton are the fastest growing towns in Munster, possibly Ireland.

“That’s reflected in the numbers here in our school and others in the region,” she added.

“It really highlights the need for an additional secondary school.”

The Central Statistics Office predict that by 2045, the population of the country will be more than 6 million and Cork will have to provide for its share of the increase.

The local authority already have a plan for major development in the Midleton and Carrigtwohill areas.

The blue print for future development in East Cork involves the construction of more than 5,000 new homes, four primary schools, two secondary schools, a shopping centre, parks, cycle ways and a railway station.

The plan is focused on zoning almost 300 hectares of land along the Midleton to Carrigtwohill rail corridor.

For anyone who requires further information or is interested in getting involved with the campaign email ecet2ndl@gmail.com.

The group are expected to make a presentation to the East Cork Municipal district next month to gain political support for their campaign.

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