A direct response to community need

September 17, 2019

CDETB is delighted to announce partnership with Educate Together in two of its second level schools, St Kevin’s College, D 12 and Cabra Community College, D 7

CDETB and Educate Together Chiefs Carol Hanney and Paul Rowe sign agreement.

This is a direct response to the changing needs of parents.

Speaking at the signing of the agreement on the 9th of September, Carol Haney, CE of CDETB said “building on the success of Clonturk College, now in its 4th year, I am delighted to be continuing our collaboration with Educate Together in Cabra and Crumlin. The two Colleges are imbedded in their communities and will be offering an inclusive education where children of all faiths and none will be welcomed and respected; where the richness of different social and ethnic backgrounds are cherished; where the child will always be at the centre of everything we do and where exploration, innovation and excellence will be encouraged. I look forward to working with Educate Together in the next year as we plan this exciting adventure.”

Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together said “Establishing two partnership schools, one in the North side of Dublin and one on the Southside adds to the growing ET network and improves parental choice in urban areas where establishing a new school is not an option. I am delighted that we can work with a progressive ETB like CDETB to transform learning environments so that they are fit for purpose for today’s students. There is a real chance that this initiative may prove to be a template for further transformations in other parts of the country.”

Recognising the strengths and challenges of both organisations, the aim is to ensure the provision of the highest quality co-educational and equality based educational experience for students that is built on the principles of community, inclusion and democracy. The agreement has the full support of the Department of Education and Skills.

‘We want to make these schools more attractive to parents living in these areas’, says Paul Crone Director of Schools at CDETB. ‘Recruitment of students can start immediately for 2020. Both schools can easily grow to accommodate 1,000 students each and that is the ultimate aim’.

Parent groups have strongly welcomed the news.

Many education stalwarts attended the launch including members of the CDETB board, local politicians and former Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton TD.

Read Emma O’Kelly’s report for RTE here.

 

Pictured l/r St Kevin’s College Principal Lesley Byrne with Deputy Principal Rosanna Hart, CE CDETB Carol Hanney, CEO Educate Together Paul Rowe, CDETB Director of Schools Paul Crone, Cabra Community College Principal Neil Flaherty and Deputy Principal Denise Yates

 

 

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