Wicklow Fine Gael Minister Simon Harris TD has been told the permanent buildings at Greystones Community College are likely to be part of the Department for Education’s next batch of design and build projects to be put out to tender deals later this year.
We have also provided an update on when the school will be able to access new temporary accommodation to facilitate growth in September.
A long-awaited agreement was reached in June to transfer 11.5 acres of land just outside Greystones from Cairn Homes to the Department of Education.
The new 1,000 pupil school is expected to open in 2024 and Minister Harris and Minister Stephen Donnelly have shown keen interest in ensuring that schedule continues.
On Monday, Minister Harris said: ‘I have assisted the school with its permanent construction project in addition to handing over the new modular accommodation to accommodate the school’s immediate growth in the fall.
“The Minister for Education has informed me that Greystones Community College will be included in the next group of design and build projects to go to tender later this year.
“This is good news for GCC as the school is expanding rapidly to meet local demand and will eventually outgrow its modular accommodation.
“I look forward to the first group of students who enrolled in the school in the fall of 2020 having the opportunity to occupy their permanent buildings on the school campus before completing their school leaving certificate. “
Minister Harris continued: “The final handover of the additional modular accommodation for Greystones Community College will take place by August 1.
“These additional classrooms and facilities will be on the grounds of the Eire Og GAA club.
“I am currently working with the school and Eire Og to develop shared sports facilities adjacent to the school’s permanent campus which will benefit not only the school but the wider community with additional facilities for games and sports. training for the many young families who make Greystones their home”.