Last chance to have your say on the new Gaelscoil Éanna
THE public is invited to have their say at a community consultation on a proposal to build a new Irish Primary and Nursery School in Glengormley.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has received a Notice of Proposal Application (PAN) for the Gaelscoil Éanna construction project in Hightown Road.
There are 205 pupils enrolled at the school which admitted 26 primary pupils in the last school year, 37 in 2020/21 and 29 in 2019/20.
Gaelscoil Éanna opened in September 2007 with a primary class of 12.
Gaelscoil and Naíscoil Éanna are looking to deliver a new seven-class primary and nursery school to replace the existing school on Hightown Road.
Given the constraints of the existing school site, as well as the expansion size criteria to deliver a new school and nursery to the required standards of the Ministry of Education, it is not physically possible to deliver the new school and the crèche on its current site.
The proposed site currently consists of an agricultural field. It is proposed that the proposed school and crèche building be located to the west of the GAC St Enda grounds and sports hall development.
The proposed development aims to provide a single storey building for the primary school and nursery. The school and crèche will include seven classrooms; a games room, a multipurpose room and a library.
It will also include several additional ancillary rooms, including administrative and office spaces, student and staff washrooms, external and internal storage areas, resource areas, school lunch accommodation areas, multipurpose, factory areas and general circulation space. There will also be a secure outdoor play area.
Access is proposed via the existing road to Hightown Road, which is proposed to be extended to the school site. Car parks will be provided, including places for people with reduced mobility, as well as a drop-off/pick-up circulation area and a parking space for buses.
The school says promoting Irish medium education and the language is a ‘long-standing tradition’ at St Enda ‘inspired by that of a former president of Naomh Éanna CLG who taught Irish in the years 70s and 80s in the clubhouse boiler room”.
Gaelscoil Éanna says she is “committed to developing a high standard of education through the Irish language”.
“Our main aim is to ensure the holistic development of children through an education that nurtures their self-confidence and identity and is based on Irish language and culture, music, sport and drama. Irish is the working language of the school and the language of instruction.
The online public viewing exhibit will be available on the school’s website until August 31.
For more details, please visit the Gaelscoil Éanna website here.
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