Building blocks for future of education in Wexford
wORk is due to start later in the year on two new Wexford town secondary schools, which will become the standard bearers for 21st Century education in the county.
They are the Loreto Secondary School and the CBS secondary and primary schools, two huge projects that will change the face of schooling in the town.
The 900-student Loreto development, the first new secondary school built from scratch in the town since the mid-1870s, is on a greenfield site off the Duncannon Road at Ballynagee.
The new €10 million CBS schools are to be built in Thomas Street and while the new secondary will not take more than the 600 students at the existing premises, because of the tightness of the site, the junior school will expand its student numbers with 12 classrooms instead of the nine it currently has, which accommodate 253 pupils.
Billy O'Shea, principal of the Loreto, said the project is still very much on course.
'We have secured planning permission and the procurement procedures are being gone through. It is still our belief that building will start this year with completion by December, 2016,' said Mr. O'Shea, 'for us, this is a huge development.'
'This particular application is now in its 17th year,' he said, adding that the new school will accommodate 900 students compared to the 720 it currently has.
Building work on both the CBS and Loreto projects are due to start later this year, hopefully by the summer holidays, described by CBS primary principal Jos Furlong as the perfect window.
Jos Furlong, principal of the CBS Primary, said the holidays provided the perfect window.
The new Loreto school will feature a full-size GAA pitch, hockey pitch, three ball courts, car and cycle parking and a drop off area.
The CBS project is likely to take two years to complete.