COUNTY Louth VEC has reported a sharp increase in student enrolments across each of its second-level schools for the forthcoming academic year.
First year student enrolments are up considerably in both Bush Post-primary School and O’Fiaich College in Dundalk, with the sharpest rise taking place at both Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer and in St Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda.
Speaking about the increased numbers, Dr Pádraig Kirk, CEO of Co Louth VEC, said that “more and more parents and students are choosing to attend our schools each year.
“Each of our school’s provides its students with the highest quality education possible, each has a highly qualified, committed and motivated staff and each is well resourced with a wide range of modern teaching and learning resources.”
He added: “Overall, first year enrolments across VEC schools will increase by over 200 students; Bush Post-primary School and O’Fiaich College will have one extra first year class each from next September, while Scoil Uí Mhuirí and St Oliver’s will have three extra first year classes each.”
Student enrolments have been so significant at Scoil Uí Mhuirí and St Oliver’s Community College that the Department of Education and Skills recently sanctioned the construction of new extensions at these two schools.
A new four classroom extension is currently underway at Scoil Uí Mhuirí, while at St Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda a new five classroom extension is underway.
The Department also recently sanctioned the renting of additional premises to accommodate the growing number of students attending O’Fiaich College in Dundalk.
The CEO said that this increase equated to a major vote of confidence by the public in the VEC sector and paid tribute to the management and staff of each of the VECs schools and colleges.