Application for Patronage of a new 600 Pupil Post Primary School in Laytown & Drogheda (Regional Solution) for September 2019 - June 2018

 
Application for Patronage of a new 600 Pupil Post Primary School in Laytown & Drogheda (Regional Solution) for September 2019 - June 2018
Application for Patronage of a new 600 Pupil Post
Primary School in Laytown & Drogheda (Regional
          Solution) for September 2019

                     June 2018

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Introduction

This document has been prepared by Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) in
response to the Department of Education and Skills invitation to apply for the establishment and
patronage of a new post primary school to open in the Laytown and Drogheda area in September
2019. The new post primary school, if under the patronage of LMETB will be called Coláiste Ros
na Rí.

This document includes four sections including:

      Introduction and Overview of LMETB
      LMETB Vision for Coláiste Ros na Rí which will open in Laytown and Drogheda area in
       September 2019
      LMETB response to each of the Department of Education and Skills Criteria to be considered
       in the Patronage Assessment Process
      LMETB Patronage of New Post Primary School Working Group
       Appendices

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Section 1 Introduction and Overview of LMETB

Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) is the largest comprehensive educational
provider in the Louth and Meath region with a range of educational services from primary to post
primary and further education and training.

1.1 LMETB Schools, Colleges and Centres of Further Education and Training
LMETB currently manage St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda and Colaiste na hInse, Laytown
in the proposed School Planning Area to be served with the opening of a further post primary school in
September 2019. LMETB is also joint patron of Ballymakenny College, Drogheda which opened its
doors in September 2014.

Each of these post primary schools in the Drogheda and Laytown areas have proven themselves as
centres of excellence in teaching, learning and assessment in their local community. LMETB schools
provide a welcoming atmosphere for students, staff, parents and the local communities in which they
operate. The LMETB post primary experience is one where a warm relationship exists between teachers
and learners and the atmosphere in lessons is positive and conducive to learning. A broad and balanced
curriculum with a diverse range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities where the aptitudes of
students are central to its design is available in LMETB schools. Each of these schools has built a very
positive reputation in the local communities in which they operate and each school continues to enjoy
strong parental support and a high level of satisfaction with the quality of teaching, learning and
assessment. St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda and Colaiste na hInse, Laytown are now the
two largest post primary schools in the Laytown/Drogheda area. LMETB look forward to replicating
this excellence and innovation in education in the new 600 post primary school for the Laytown and
Drogheda area.

In total, LMETB manages one Community National School, sixteen post primary schools including two
schools with Post Leaving Certificate provision and two Post Leaving Certificate colleges. LMETB is
also joint patron of six Community Schools located in Ardee, Ashbourne, Athboy, Drogheda, Kells and
Trim. A listing of all LMETB Schools and Colleges are included on our website www.lmetb.ie and have
been included in Appendix 1 of this submission.

At Further Education and Training level, LMETB manage nine Youthreach Centres, a Regional Skills
and Training Centre and an extensive range of Adult Education Services throughout counties Louth and
Meath, including Adult Learning Services, Community Education, Back to Education Initiatives (BTEI),
VTOS and Adult Guidance.

Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) was established under the Education and
Training Boards Act 2013. The Act which took effect from 1st July 2013 provided for the dissolution
of thirty three Vocational Education Committees and the establishment of sixteen Education and
Training Boards (ETBs) through a process of aggregating existing VECs. LMETB was formed due to
the aggregation of Co. Louth and Co. Meath VECs.

The Further Education and Training Act 2013 which was signed into law in July 2013 established
SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority with responsibility for planning, funding and
co-ordination of the Further Education and Training Services provided by ETBs. This Act also

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provided for the transfer of the former FAS training functions and staff to the newly formed ETBs.
On 1st July 2014, the former FAS training centre in Dundalk, Co. Louth therefore came under the
governance of LMETB.

LMETB is a progressive dynamic organisation which responds to the needs of a growing population.
Demographic changes and population growth in counties Louth and Meath has contributed to this
very exciting and challenging period for LMETB. Increased enrolments and the commencement of
four new post primary schools in Ashbourne, Drogheda, Dundalk and Navan over the last five years
coupled with an extensive number of building extension projects to LMETB schools and colleges in
both counties reflect these changes.

1.2 LMETB Vision and Values
Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) is committed to excellence and
innovation in the education of young people and adults through the provision of dynamic services
delivered by professional staff. We are proud to serve the communities of counties Louth and Meath,
work with our educational partners and contribute to the development and growth of the
Louth/Meath region. LMETB aims to be the leading provider of quality education and services for
the people of counties Louth and Meath through the management and delivery of a diverse range of
accessible, progressive and responsive programmes.

Underpinning LMETB’s Mission Statement is a set of core values and principles which were
developed in consultation with all stakeholder groups. These core values and principles are outlined
as follows:

 Excellence          All stakeholders are afforded the highest standards of service provision

 Innovation      Staff and learners are encouraged to be progressive, creative and dynamic in
                 their teaching and learning practices. Staff and learners are encouraged to
                 explore the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning
 Learner Centred LMETB programmes and services are delivered in response to the
                 needs of the learners in counties Louth and Meath.
 Supporting      Transfer, Transition and Guidance Programmes and supports are provided to
 Transition      all learners to ensure they make the right choices regarding career pathways
                 and choices and that they transition successfully from one phase of their
                 educational journey to another
 Learning        A lifelong learning perspective is promoted among staff and learners

 Equality            All learners are provided with access to education and supports that
                     maximise learning opportunities and help them to reach their potential

 Inclusion           All learners are enabled to participate effectively in education, particularly
                     those groups who may have experienced exclusion or isolation

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Holistic          The programmes and services available in LMETB cultivate the moral,
                  emotional, physical, social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the
                  learner
Professionalism   Staff, learners and our stakeholders are encouraged to interact with each other in
                  a courteous, respectful and professional manner where diversity is welcomed and
                  embraced
Responsiveness    An awareness of national and local requirements forms the basis for provision

Wellbeing         The programmes and services available in LMETB strive to develop learners’
                  self - confidence and promote learner wellbeing
Fairness          All policies, procedures and practices of LMETB are just and reasonable

Integrity         Staff, learners and stakeholders are encouraged to ensure they act honestly,
                  ethically transparently. Highest standards in confidentiality where applicable
                  are promoted
Partnersh         Programmes and services are developed and delivered in conjunction
ip &              with key stakeholder groups and organisations
Collabora
tion
Value for Money The work of LMETB is conducted in an efficient, transparent manner with
                due regard for public accountability

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2. LMETB Vision for Coláiste Ros na Rí which will open in the Laytown and Drogheda area in
September 2019

Coláiste Ros na Rí will be a multi - denominational, co –educational post primary school under the
patronage of LMETB, a leader in educational provision and the patron of the largest range of schools and
educational programmes in Counties Louth and Meath. As a multi - denominational school, Coláiste Ros
na Rí will accept students of all faiths and of none. The medium of instruction at Coláiste Ros na Rí will
be English - Medium.
Our vision for Coláiste Ros na Rí is of a welcoming, diverse and dynamic school that provides a quality
learning experience with the learner as core. This vision is linked to LMETB’s high level strategic goal
included in LMETB’s Strategy Statement 2017 – 2021 ‘Excellence in Education and Training to Achieve,
Progress and Innovate’.
Students at Coláiste Ros na Rí will feel a sense of belonging and will develop a love of learning through a
positive and happy school experience. Students will be motivated and provided with opportunities to
become active and responsible participants in their own learning. The school community will work with
all partners and stakeholders to prepare knowledgeable and socially responsible citizens for the future.
Coláiste Ros na Rí will expect all members of the school community to treat one another with respect.
The school will promote high standards of behaviour centred on respect including respect for self, staff,
other students, visitors to the school and respect for property.
Students at Coláiste Ros na Rí will have a school uniform which will give students a sense of belonging
to a particular school and create an identity for the new school in the community. Once appointed the
Principal of Coláiste Ros na Rí will consult with incoming 1st Year Parents/Guardians on the school
uniform.
2.1 Coláiste Ros na Rí School Ownership and Management
Coláiste Ros na Rí will operate as a non - designated community college. It is the policy of the LMETB
through the Chief Executive, Mr. Martin O’ Brien, to devolve responsibility for the day to day leading
and managing of the school to the Principal and the Deputy Principal. The Senior Management team will
be ably assisted by the Assistant Principal I, Assistant Principal II and teaching teams to promote top
quality leadership for learning at the school. Secretarial, caretaking and cleaning staff will be on hand to
support school management throughout each academic year.
The school’s Board of Management will consist of not more than 12 members nominated or elected as set
out below:
 Numbers of Board Members                                                       Nominee
 Four ETB Members                                                               ETB Nominees
 Two Parents of students currently enrolled in the school (one male, one        Parent Nominees
 female)
 Two members of the school’s teaching staff (one male, one female)              Teacher Nominees
 Four representative(s) from primary schools within the school’s                Board of Management
 catchment area, or from local associations/organisations, or from              Nominees
 industry/commerce or from students over the age of 18 years who are
 currently enrolled in the school

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All members of the school/college Board of Management will be formally appointed to the Board of
Management by LMETB irrespective of whether they are a parent, teacher or Board of Management
nominees. This requirement will also apply to the filling of casual vacancies as much as to the
establishment of a Board. The School Principal will be Secretary to the Board of Management.
The Board of Management will be responsible for high standards of governance at the school. The
Principal will keep the Board of Management well informed on school matters. A Financial Report will
be provided to the Board of Management at each meeting for discussion on school finances. At the end of
all Board of Management meetings, the Board will compile an agreed report and a written copy of this
will be circulated to the relevant stakeholders.
The Board will be responsible for ensuring that a very effective system of policy development and review
is in place and that all stakeholders including students, staff, parents and the Board of Management are
consulted in policy formulation, development and review.
The Board of Management of Coláiste Ros na Rí will have specific responsibility, following consultation
with principals, teachers and parents for preparing a Code of Behaviour for the students registered at the
school as outlined in the Education Welfare Act 2000, S23.
Board of Management members will also be provided with training twice yearly by LMETB to assist
them in fulfilling their role of members of the school’s Board of Management.
LMETB suggest that in order to support a multi denominational school of the future for
Laytown/Drogheda, a patron must have the ability to give school Boards of Management professional
support in terms of Corporate Governance. LMETB commit to providing the Board of Management of
Coláiste Ros na Rí with a range of professional support in the areas of Educational Leadership, Human
Resources, Finance and Administrative matters, Capital Works, Information and Communications
Technologies and Corporate Governance and Audit back up and support.

2.2 Child Protection at Coláiste Ros na Rí
Coláiste Ros na Rí will have a Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment in place. The name of
the designated liaison person for child protection matters will be prominently displayed in the school’s
reception area. All teachers will be aware that they are mandated persons and of their responsibilities in
that regard.
Ongoing continuous professional development will be provided to the Designated Liaison Person (DLP),
the Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) and teachers as mandated persons. Training will be
provided through a combination of school training, LMETB training and training facilitated by external
agencies including the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST).
As per Chapter 9 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017, the
Principal will provide a Child Protection Oversight Report to the members of the Board of Management
at each meeting. The Board of Management will also engage in a yearly review of the Child
Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment.

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2.3 Department of Education and Skills Subjects & Programmes at Coláiste Ros na Rí
Coláiste Ros na Rí will offer students a broad and balanced curriculum and the full range of Department
of Education and Skills curricular subjects and programmes. Each of these Programmes will be resourced,
planned and co-ordinated. These programmes will include:
      The Junior Certificate
      The Junior Certificate Schools Programme (DEIS Schools)
      Transition Year (optional)
      The Leaving Certificate Established
      The Leaving Certificate Applied
      The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

The curriculum on offer at the school will be the Department of Education and Skills approved
syllabi/specifications as developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). The
Department of Education and Skills NCCA Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate Religious
Education syllabi will be offered at Coláiste Ros na Rí.
The curriculum on offer will be developed following a survey of parents/guardians of students who will
enrol in Coláiste Ros na Rí. The curriculum on offer will also have regard to the availability of resources
to teach each subject. Parents/Guardians will be informed prior to their child commencing their post
primary education at Coláiste Ros na Rí of the subject choices that the school can make available to their
child.
Core teams will be established for each of the programmes and subject departments will be formed to
develop a range of resources and sharing of expertise as the subject departments grow within the school.
There will be a strong focus on improvement and collaboration in teaching, learning and assessment. The
school will be encouraged to develop peer observation programmes for teaching staff to facilitate the
exchange of best practice methodologies and promote professional dialogue and discussion. Teaching
staff will be encouraged to continually review, evaluate and develop formative approaches to assessment.
Programmes such as TY, LCVP and LCA will be reviewed regularly and the views of parents and
students will be sought in a formal and systematic basis to ensure these programmes maintain a high
quality of service delivery.
The curriculum on offer at Coláiste Ros na Rí will comprise a range of active teaching, learning and
assessment methodologies which will be differentiated to meet the needs of students. Opportunities to
bring the curriculum to life will be provided within the classroom and in provision of a broad and diverse
range of co-curricular and extra - curricular activities.
There will be active promotion of a culture of innovation in the school with a view to improving the
learning experience and outcomes for all students. An effective School Self Evaluation process will be in
place at the school. A thorough analysis of student attainment by individual subject departments and the
development of action plans for improvement and moving forward will be carried out by each subject
department on an annual basis.
Coláiste Ros na Rí will open its doors at a time when post primary schools are progressing the
Implementation of Junior Cycle Reform. Supporting teachers, students and parents/guardians through
these changes will be key for school management and teaching staff. Information nights for
parents/guardians will be scheduled in the school. Teaching staff will attend whole school and subject

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specific CPD as scheduled by the Department of Education and Skills Support Service, Junior Cycle for
Teachers (JCT).
Collaborative planning will ensure support for members of subject teams in planning for teaching and
learning of the new subject specifications for Junior Cycle. School management in consultation with
students, staff and parents/guardians will continually review provision at Junior Cycle to ensure the
optimal programme of subjects and short courses are available to students enrolled in Coláiste Ros na Rí.
The Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) provides for a new area of learning at Junior Cycle called
Wellbeing. Wellbeing will cross the three years of junior cycle and build on substantial work already
taking place in schools in support of students’ wellbeing. This area of learning will make the school’s
culture and ethos and commitment to wellbeing visible to students. It will include learning opportunities
to enhance the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of students. It will also enable students to
build life skills and develop a strong sense of connectedness to their school and to their community. Once
established, Coláiste Ros na Rí will be developing a wellbeing programme which will account for 400
hours by 2020 as the new Junior Cycle progresses to full implementation in schools.
As the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) have now launched the review of
Senior Cycle, regular updates will be provided for staff on progression of same.

2.4 Digital technologies in Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Coláiste Ros na Rí
Digital technology has transformed the world we live in and students at Coláiste Ros na Rí must become
engaged thinkers, active learners, knowledge constructors and global citizens to flourish in modern
society and the economy.
The school will therefore require a targeted and innovative use of technology to enrich teaching, learning
and assessment at the school.
Students and teachers at Coláiste Ros na Rí will experience the benefits of an up to date ICT system with
Wifi access in all classrooms and data projector and computer in each classroom and teaching and
learning space.
The school will be supported by LMETB in implementing the actions outlined in the Digital Strategy for
Schools 2015 – 2020. Management at Coláiste Ros na Rí will engage in consultation with students, staff
and parents regarding the use of digital technologies at the school.
LMETB’s ICT Department will provide ICT services and technical support for all staff and students in
LMETB. Each student and staff member at Coláiste Ros na Rí will have an @LMETB.ie email address
and access to a centrally hosted helpdesk system.
Subject and Programme Departments at Coláiste Ros na Rí will also have access through the LMETB
ICT Department to a hosted Sharepoint (Office 365) where they can upload subject specifications,
teaching and learning material, resources and subject/programme department plans for all members of the
department to access and share.

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2.5 Co-Curricular and Extra Curricular Activities at Coláiste Ros na Rí
Academic subjects and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities complement each other and assist in
developing well rounded, socially skilled and healthier students who have experience working in teams.
Students who are actively involved in such activities tend to improve their academic grades also. This
may be due to increased motivation, self – esteem and organisational and time management skills. With
the wide and diverse range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities which will be on offer at
Coláiste Ros na Rí, it is envisaged that students will be in a position to choose an activity that appeals to
them personally. Examples of proposed activities include:
 Gaelic                              Rugby                               Soccer
 Badminton                           Camogie                             Athletics
 Basketball                          Drama                               Debating
 Guitar                              Cookery Club                        Choir
 Photography                         Computer Club                       Musicals
 Art Club                            Junk Kouture                        Mathletes
 Enterprise/Mini Company             Young Social Innovator              Swimming
 Young Scientist                     Fundraising Activities              Gold
 Art Exhibitions                     Gaisce President’s Award            Book Club
 Green Schools Committee             Local, Regional, National &         School Radio
                                     International Educational
                                     Outings

2.6 Themed Weeks at Coláiste Ros na Rí
Coláiste Ros na Rí would over time develop a series of themed weeks for implementation during the
academic year. The purpose of these weeks are to complement teaching and learning experiences in the
classroom and also to raise awareness around various themes and topics.
The following themed weeks will be built into the school’s academic calendar:
 Maths/Numeracy                      Literacy                            Wellbeing
 Anti Bullying                       Safer Internet                      Active Schools
 Technology Subjects                 Celebrating                         Green Schools
                                     Interculturalism/Diversity
 Road Safety                         Science                             Seachtain na Gaeilge
 Study Skills                        Enterprise                          Coding

2.7 Student Voice and Student Leadership at Coláiste Ros na Rí
The Student Council at Coláiste Ros na Rí will be a valuable resource for management, staff and students
as it will enable students to have an active role in the many school related areas including policy making
for the school. The Student Council will provide a means of communication between the students, staff
and management. The council will have opportunities to discuss issues of concern raised by students and
bring their concerns and suggested solutions to the notice of management for consideration. The council
may also organise fundraising events, thus raising awareness and funds for various charities.
Opportunities will also be provided for the Student Council to meet with the Board of Management and
discuss their plans for an academic year.

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As the school grows and develops, the Student Council will be comprised of elected representatives from
each year group. A member of staff will liaise with the Student Council throughout the academic year.
It is also envisaged that the Student Council will become involved in the School Self Evaluation Process
throughout the school year. As part of the School Self Evaluation process school management and
teachers will be encouraged to seek feedback from the students on different strategies being used to
support teaching, learning and assessment in the school. The Student Council may play an active role in
this regard. Training on the process will be provided to members of the Student Council to assist them in
their role as part of school self evaluation.
Examples of other leadership roles envisaged for students attending Coláiste Ros na Rí include a peer
mentoring system, prefect system, green schools committee, amber flag committee, yellow flag
committee and school digital leaders. All of these leadership roles will also supported by training for the
students concerned to assist them in fulfilling their role. Student Council members will also have an
opportunity to participate in the LMETB Student Council Forum to be formed in the academic year
2018/2019.
2.8 Support for Students at Coláiste Ros na Rí
Care for students will be a major priority at Coláiste Ros na Rí. Care structures will be well supported by
staff in key positions such as form teachers, year heads and members of the student services team.
Students attending Coláiste Ros na Rí will have access to a diverse range of student supports including:
      Transfer and Transition Programme from Primary to Post Primary and Post Primary to Further
       Education and Training/Higher Education/Apprenticeship/Employment
      Class Tutor and Year head System
      Book Rental Scheme
      After School Study
      Student Mentoring Programme
      Guidance and Counselling
      Social Personal and Health Education
      Relationships and Sexuality Education
      Special Educational Needs Teams
      School Completion Project Worker & Home School Community Liaison (DEIS schools)

Coláiste Ros na Rí will also have a Pastoral Care Team who will meet weekly to consider how the school
community is responding to student needs and in particular those students dealing with particular
challenges. Effective partnerships will also be developed with the Educational Welfare Services, TUSLA,
National Educational Psychological Services (NEPS), the National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS)
and the National Council for Special Education (NCSE).
Guidance and Counselling services available to students will include counselling, assessment and
psychometric testing, information on education, training and employment opportunities, educational
development programmes and personal and social development programmes.
As students at Coláiste Ros na Rí enter Senior Cycle they will be supported in making informed choices
on their educational career post Leaving Certificate. We expect that graduates of Coláiste Ros na Rí will,
similar to other LMETB graduates at post primary level, progress to third level education in the areas of
Nursing, Engineering, Veterinary Science, Social Work, International Business, Law, Acturial Maths,

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Education, Biotechnology, Arts, Dentistry, Languages, Finance, Tourism and Medicine to name but a
few. Students will also have options to progress to Post Leaving Certificate courses, apprenticeships and
directly into employment.
2.9 Supporting students with Special Educational Needs at Coláiste Ros na Rí
Coláiste Ros na Rí will be committed to supporting students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and
effective structures will be in place for this to happen. A core team of qualified SEN teachers will co-
ordinate SEN provision at the school. The school will develop co-operative teaching teams to include in
class support and team teaching as support models for these students. Student Support Files will be
developed for SEN students in partnership with students, staff, parents and external agencies working
with the student including NCSE, HSE and NEPS. School management will also work closely with the
Department of Education and Skills, LMETB and other agencies regarding planning for the inclusion of
Special Needs Units for students with Autism at Coláiste Ros na Rí.

2.10 Monitoring and Tracking of Student Achievement

To ensure each student is supported in achieving their potential the school will engage in ongoing
monitoring and tracking of student progress over the course of their time in the school. Regular reports
will be provided to parents/guardians to advise them of academic progress. Year Heads, teaching staff and
Guidance Counsellors will be available to advise students and their parents/guardians regarding progress
to date, target setting and any additional supports needed to reach specific targets.

2.11 Celebrating Student, Staff and Whole School Successes and Achievements at Coláiste Ros na Rí
At Coláiste Ros na Rí there will be numerous opportunities to reward students for their achievements and
successes throughout the academic year. The school will communicate successes and achievements to
parents by organising awards ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, school newsletters, letters/notes of
commendation sent home and regular updates on the school’s website, Facebook and twitter pages. The
school will be encouraged to compile an Annual Report at the end of each academic year to record school
activities, projects, achievements and successes.
It is expected that students may be awarded in the following areas: attendance, state examination
achievement, subject achievement, extra - curricular achievement, co-curricular achievement, student of
the year, Gaisce awards, Business in the Community scholarships and student leadership awards.
The Corporate Education Services (CES) section of LMETB administers the annual Gaeltacht
scholarships scheme under which a number of students in LMETB schools/colleges are provided with
financial assistance towards the cost of attending courses in the Gaeltacht during the summer period.

2.12 Partnership with Parents/Guardians at Coláiste Ros na Rí
The Parents Association at Coláiste Ros na Rí will be an integral part of the school community. Section
26 of the Education Act, 1998 states that the parents of students of a recognised school may establish, and

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maintain from among their number, a parents’ association for that school and membership of that
association shall be open to all parents of students of that school.
The Parents Association will make a vital and valuable contribution to the school’s promotion, growth
and development as the Parents Association provides for the formal involvement of parents in the affairs
of the school.
Parents will be kept informed of the work of the school through a report provided at each of the Parents
Association meetings. The school website will incorporate a section for Parents/Guardians.
Parent Teacher Meetings will also be held for each Year group during the academic year.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend these meetings as they provide valuable opportunities to meet
with the school’s teaching staff and identify areas where the student is excelling as well as discussing and
identifying additional supports that may be needed to ensure a student can achieve their potential during
their time at the school.
The school will communicate with parents using modern technologies including text, email, school
website, twitter page and facebook page. As the school develops it may explore the possibility of a school
app as an additional means of communication with parents.
Book Rental Payments and Proposed Contributions from Parents/Guardians will be collected through an
online payment system capable of tracking payments made and providing receipts to parents/guardians.
Monies collected through the online payments system will be lodged directly to the LMETB bank
account as LMETB schools move to a cashless system.

2.13 School Accommodation at Coláiste Ros na Rí
Coláiste Ros na Rí will be a purpose built post primary school capable of catering for up to 600 students.
The school will have the full suite of specialist classrooms, teaching and learning spaces, offices and
workshops including those for:
 Science                            Construction                        Guidance suite
 Art                                DCG                                 Multimedia learning laboratory
 Home Economics                     Engineering                         Canteen/social space
 Technology                         Music                               Special Needs Unit
 Woodwork                           Gymnasium & fitness suite           Play Area & Playing fields

Each of the specialist and general classrooms at the school will be fully equipped and resourced with up
to date ICT facilities.
The Buildings/Capital Works section in LMETB will work closely with the Department of Education and
Skills and the management of Coláiste Ros na Rí in constructing a state of the art building for the students
and staff of Coláiste Ros na Rí.
The new school building will be constructed in accordance with the most up to date suite of Department
of Education and Skills Technical Guidance Documents. The new school building will be compliance
with Buildings Control (Amendment) Regulations, Disabled Access Certification, Fire Safety
Certification and Planning Permission and support in this regard will be provided by the Buildings Unit,
LMETB on behalf of the Principal of Coláiste Ros na Rí.

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The LMETB Buildings Unit has extensive experience in progressing and completing major capital
educational projects in Counties Louth and Meath. LMETB has also co-ordinated devolved building
projects on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. This experience and expertise will be of
significance when commencing the process of a new build for a 600 pupil primary school.

2.14 Recruitment of Staff for Coláiste Ros na Rí
The Human Resources Section, LMETB will work with the Director of Schools, LMETB in ensuring that
the school is staffed with competent, capable and enthusiastic teachers who will work collectively with
LMETB and school management in ensuring high quality teaching, learning and assessment for students
at Coláiste Ros na Rí.
LMETB will offer staff of Coláiste Ros na Rí regular opportunities for Continuous Professional
Development over their career with us at LMETB. LMETB newly appointed school leaders and teachers
are required to engage in a series of LMETB induction events to ensure that they remain at the cutting
edge of their profession. School leaders and teachers are also facilitated in attending CPD outside
LMETB which is being provided by many of the Higher Education Institutes and the National Support
Services of the Department of Education and Skills including the Professional Development Service for
Teachers (PDST), the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT).
Recruitment procedures will be those nationally agreed between the Department of Education and Skills,
school patrons and trade unions. Teaching staff must be registered with the Teaching Council and have
Garda Vetting clearance prior to appointment.

2.15 Governance and Legislative Framework
Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) is governed by a Board comprising twenty
one members. A list of the current members of the LMETB Board is included in Appendix 2. The
LMETB board is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the ETB by directing and
controlling the ETB’s activities.

In order to deliver good governance in the ETB, the Board must act in the interest of the ETB at all
times, consistent with the requirements of legislation and government policies. The LMETB Board is
required to confirm to the Minister for Education and Skills that they comply with the up to date
requirements of the Code of Practice in their governance practices and procedures. Board members at
all times must act on a fully informed basis, in good faith, with due diligence and care, and always in
the best interest of the ETB, subject to the objectives set by the Government. The LMETB Board is
supported by Boards of Management in LMETB schools, colleges and Youthreach Centres.

The Board of Management of Coláiste Ros na Rí will be in a position to engage in training at LMETB
level to assist them in carrying out their role as Board of Management members.

LMETB has also established a Finance Committee and an Audit Committee in accordance with
Section 45(1) of the Education and Training Boards Act 2013 which support the work of the LMETB
Board.

Within our LMETB administrative offices, our administrative staff will provide support to Coláiste

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Ros na Rí in a range of areas including Human Resources, ICT, Finance and Corporate Education
Services. This network of support at Head Office level supports the work of the LMETB Board in
ensuring that Coláiste Ros na Rí and all other LMETB schools/colleges/centres are compliant in the
areas of Corporate Governance as per Department of Education and Skills Circular Letter 0018/2015.

Support for Coláiste Ros na Rí will be provided through the LMETB administrative offices which
are currently based in Abbey Road, Navan, Co. Meath and Chapel Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth. The
LMETB Director of Schools will also support the leadership team and staff at Coláiste Ros na Rí in
each of the areas of Leadership of Teaching and Learning, Governance and Management, Workforce
Planning and Performance Management and co-ordination of the ETB’s Management Team. The
LMETB provides a comprehensive CPD programme for it Schools Leadership Team through regular
workshops, conferences and school visits. The new School Leadership Team at Coláiste Ros na Rí
will also have access to the LMETB School Leadership Forum and a School Leaders Online
Platform of resources to support leading teaching, learning and assessment in our schools.

Public Procurement is the acquisition, whether under formal contract or not, of works, supplies and
services of Public Bodies. It ranges from the purchase of routine supplies or services to formal
tendering and placing contracts for large infrastructural projects. LMETB, as a Public Body works
with The Office of Government Procurement (OGP), Education Procurement Services (EPS) and
ETBI in procuring works, supplies and services. This helps to eliminate duplication across LMETB
and ensure value for money. It also ensures that the procurement expertise and experience that exists
is harnessed and applied consistently to all procurement activities. LMETB’s Procurement Office
will work closely with the Principal of Coláiste Ros na Rí in keeping the school updated on new
contracts as they are rolled out and provide contract management for all services and supplies. This
support will afford the Principal at Coláiste Ros na Rí more time to lead teaching, learning and
assessment at Coláiste Ros na Rí.

Coláiste Ros na Rí’s annual budget will issue from the Finance Section and regular monthly reports
will be provided to the Principal of Coláiste Ros na Rí outlining opening balances in each of the
budget codes, income, expenditure and closing balance at month end. The Principal as Secretary to
the Board of Management will bring this report to the meeting of the Board of Management for
discussion on school finances. Members of the Finance Department, LMETB will visit Coláiste Ros
na Rí on a regular basis to discuss budgets and any major projects that need additional support from
the LMETB. Any finance related queries from Coláiste Ros na Rí can be referred to members of the
Finance team at LMETB.

The Finance Department also oversees the roll out of a procured online payment system for LMETB
schools and colleges.

2.16 Use of Coláiste Ros na Rí school facilities in the local community
LMETB wishes to make its sports facilities (halls, room, court and pitches) generally and conveniently
available to local community groups on the basis of responsible use and care and reasonable sharing by
user groups of the costs involved in caretaking and maintenance of such facilities. The LMETB have
developed a policy on School/Centre and Property Usage for this purpose and Coláiste Ros na Rí will be
included in this policy.

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3. LMETB response to each of the Department of Education and Skills Criteria to be
      considered in the Patronage Assessment Process

3.1 Need for a New School in the Laytown and Drogheda Area
The recent Census 2016 data confirms again that Drogheda has retained its position as Ireland’s largest
town and it continues to grow faster that most of its peers, accelerating its claim to become Ireland’s next
city. When the multiplicity of areas to the south side of Drogheda including Grange Rath, Mornington,
Laytown, Donacarney and Bettystown are included in population figures the number of inhabitants rises
even further. With a recent housing application for a 1000 houses and forecasts of a population of
250,000 by mid-century the future is bright for the long term viability of a new post primary school in the
Laytown and Drogheda area.
Due to the increasing demographics in the area, LMETB expect that the opening of Coláiste Ros na Rí
will not have a negative impact on enrolment in other established post primary schools in the areas of
Laytown and Drogheda.
Within the Laytown and Drogheda area we have identified that at present there are twelve established
primary schools serving the area. As per Provisional Data for 2017/2018 published on the Department of
Education and Skills website, 4405 students are currently enrolled in schools at the south end of
Drogheda and Laytown. 51% of these students are male and 49% of these students are female. Eleven of
these schools are denominational schools and one is multi - denominational.
 Primary School                              Total   No Boys            No Girls       Ethos
                                             No
 SN Naomh Colmcille, Duleek                  101     53                 48             Catholic
 Scoil Oilibheir Naofa, Bettystown           409     225                184            Catholic
 SN Naomh Treasa, Bellewstown                85      46                 39             Catholic
 SN Bheinn Naofa, Duleek                     341     -                  341            Catholic
 SN Realt na Mara, Mornington                453     453                -              Catholic
 Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Laytown           430     222                208            Catholic
 Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa, Drogheda       451     232                219            Multi D
 SN Cros Ban, Julianstown                    426     208                218            Catholic
 SN Bheinn Naofa, Duleek                     359     359                -              Catholic
 SN Dun Uabhair, Donore                      215     104                111            Catholic
 SN Naomh Padraig, Stamullen                 683     335                348            Catholic
 SN Realt na Mara, Mornington                452     -                  452            Catholic
 Totals                                      4405    2237               2168
 Percentages                                         51%                49%

Enrolment at primary level in the area identified is growing and LMETB note that the breakdown of male
and female students currently enrolled in primary schools in the area very much mirrors the breakdown of
student population in both Colaiste na hInse, Laytown and St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda i.e
on average 50% male and 50% female.
LMETB has a proven track record of integrating students from all faiths and none in their schools and
have confidence that this LMETB model of multi - denominational schooling can be expanded to the

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Laytown and Drogheda area thus providing greater options for parents/guardians in the diversity of
patronage in the area.
 3.2 Whether there is a school of the same or similar patronage in the same catchment area (having
regard to neighbouring areas) and whether there is additional demand for such patronage
As stated earlier in this submission, LMETB currently manage St. Oliver’s Community College,
Drogheda and Colaiste na hInse, Laytown in the proposed School Planning Area to be served with the
opening of a further post primary school in September 2019. LMETB is also joint patron of
Ballymakenny College, Drogheda which opened its doors in September 2014.

Each of these post primary schools in the Drogheda and Laytown area have proven themselves as
centres of excellence in teaching, learning and assessment in their local community. LMETB schools
provide a welcoming atmosphere for students, staff, parents and the local communities in which they
operate. The LMETB post primary experience is one where a warm relationship exists between teachers
and learners and the atmosphere in lessons is positive and conducive to learning.

Close to 2,400 students are engaging in their post primary schooling in St. Oliver’s Community College
and Colaiste na hInse with both schools reaching the over 1,000 mark of student enrolment. Both schools
are oversubscribed at present and with parents/guardians subscribing to this model of multi -
denominational patronage in the Laytown/Drogheda area it would appear that introducing an additional
post primary school under the patronage of LMETB will be well received and welcomed among the
population in the area as it provides greater variety and choice in patronage in the area.
The opening of Coláiste Ros na Rí will address the shortfall for places that already exists for the option of
a co-educational, multi - denominational post primary education for young people in the
Laytown/Drogheda area due to population increases being experienced locally.
The added benefit of the LMETB model of patronage is that LMETB teachers may travel from school to
school to deliver subject areas that can only be provided for in an ETB setting as no other patron has the
where with all to transfer staff from school to school in order to meet minority curricular demands.
3.3 The extent to which establishment of the school would result in greater diversity and plurality of
patronage in the area (having regard to neighbouring areas) where there is demand for such plurality
and diversity
At present there are nine post primary schools serving the Laytown/Drogheda area as outlined below.
67% of these schools are denominational post primary schools.
 Post Primary School                                           Total No          No Boys     No Girls
 St. Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda                                    788               788         -
 St. Mary’s Diocesan, Drogheda                                 783               783         -
 Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Drogheda                      958               -           958
 Sacred Heart, Drogheda                                        611               -           611
 Drogheda Grammar School                                       321               181         140
 St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda                      1313              649         664
 Ballymakenny College, Drogheda                                490               237         253
 Franciscan College, Gormanstown                               470               321         149
 Colaiste na hInse, Laytown                                    1008              549         459

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Given the demographics in the area and the current choice of post primary schooling, the establishment of
Coláiste Ros na Rí as a multi denominational post primary school will provide parents/guardians in the
area with a more diverse range of options for their child’s post primary schooling in the context of
Articles 41 and 42 of the constitution and provisions of the Education Act 1998.
Information included in this table has been published on the Department of Education and Skills website
www.education.ie
LMETB suggest that in order to support a multi denominational school of the future for
Laytown/Drogheda, a patron must have the ability to give Board of Management professional support in
terms of Corporate Governance. LMETB commit to providing the Coláiste Ros na Rí with a range of
professional support in the areas of Educational Leadership, Human Resources, Finance and
Administrative matters, Capital Works, Information and Communications Technologies and Corporate
Governance and Audit back up and support.
As a Public Body, LMETB has the capacity to act as a patron of Coláiste Ros na Rí and to provide
this support to the new school. LMETB is one of the largest ETBs in the country employing over
2,200 staff and providing education for over 22,000 students and learners at 1 primary, 16 post
primary, 2 dedicated post leaving certificate level colleges, a Centre for European Schooling 9
Youthreach Centres, a Regional Skills and Training Centre and 12 Adult Education Centres.

3.4 Effectiveness of mechanisms planned to ensure that the proposed school will expand to the size of
600 to 1,000 pupils
The Community College model of post primary school, both designated and non - designated has a
proven track record throughout the country in managing large post primary schools. LMETB at present,
manage sixteen post primary school and two dedicated PLC college. Over 50% of these schools and
colleges have a student population in excess of 600 students. As stated earlier in our submission these
schools and colleges have become centres of excellence in their local communities and there has been
widespread acceptance and support by students, parents and teachers in the communities in which they
operate.
The benefits of the supports of the LMETB in terms of HR, Finance, ICT and Corporate Education
Services to the school leaders ensures that leadership teams at school/college level can concentrate on
leading teaching, learning and assessment to ensure a high quality learning experience for all. This leads
to increase in demand for places at these schools/colleges.
As stated earlier, the recent Census 2016 data confirms again that Drogheda has retained its position as
Ireland’s largest town and it continues to grow faster that most of its peers, accelerating its claim to
become Ireland’s next city. When the multiplicity of areas to the south side of Drogheda including
Grange Rath, Mornington, Laytown, Donacarney and Bettystown are included in population figures the
number of inhabitants rises even further. With a recent housing application for a 1000 houses and
forecasts of a population of 250,000 by mid-century the future is bright for the long term viability of a
new post primary school in the Laytown and Drogheda area.
LMETB has always been mindful of their duty to cater for all pupils and have proven their capacity to
accept and cater for students where demand for places exceeds the capacity of existing buildings.

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3.5 Planned possible measures if expansion is not happening as fast as is planned
Due to the increase in population in the Drogheda/Laytown area over the last number of years and the
projected increase in the future, LMETB do not envisage that there will be a delay in expansion of
Coláiste Ros na Rí.
Based on the number of students attending post primary schools in the Laytown/Drogheda area, it is
interesting to note that 35% of post primary students in the area are attending one of LMETB’s two
schools, Colaiste na hInse, Laytown and St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda. This trend would
indicate that parents/guardians will opt to choose schools/colleges under LMETB patronage for providing
their child with access to a diverse and rich curricular, co – curricular and extra – curricular school
experience.
3.6 Planned collaboration with existing second level schools in the catchment area
The Principals and Deputy Principals of St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda, Colaiste na hInse,
Laytown, Ballymakenny College, and Coláiste Ros na Rí will work together on sharing expertise and
resources as is currently the practice with Colaiste na hInse and St. Oliver’s Community College.
LMETB understand that the Principals of the Post Primary schools in the Laytown and Drogheda area
meet every six/eight weeks to discuss shared areas of interest including enrolment policies and
procedures, school/college open nights, calendars for the academic year and links with outside agencies
and business and community organisations in the area. The Principal, once appointed to Coláiste Ros na
Rí will become part of this network.
As stated earlier in the document, the added benefit of the LMETB model of patronage is that LMETB
teachers may travel from school to school to deliver subject areas that can only be provided for in an ETB
setting as no other patron has the where with all to transfer staff from school to school in order to meet
minority curricular demands.

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4. LMETB Patronage of New Post Primary School Working Group

The LMETB has formed a working group for developing the vision for Coláiste Ros na Rí and for
overseeing links with parents, schools and agencies in the Drogheda and Laytown Area in the coming
weeks when the official patronage campaign commences. This group will be led by the Chief Executive,
LMETB, Mr. Martin G O’ Brien and the Director of Schools, LMETB Ms. Fiona Kindlon. Members of
the LMETB Schools Leadership Team and Members of the LMETB Board are also represented on the
Working Group.
A series of information sessions for parents/guardians will be held in the local area and updates and
information will also be available via our LMETB Facebook and Twitter pages. Contact will also be
made with each of the Primary schools in the area and a series of information sessions will be provided
for Primary School Principals on the proposed new post primary school. The LMETB will also respond to
requests for information sessions from the local communities in Laytown and Drogheda.
A dedicated ‘LMETB Patronage Campaign 2019’ webpage on the LMETB website www.lmetb.ie will
include all information relating to Coláiste Ros na Rí and parents/guardians will have a direct email
address, newschoolrosnari2019@lmetb.ie through which they can channel queries to the LMETB
Working Group.
LMETB agrees to maintain expenditure on promotional material within overall limits established for each
identified area where the new schools are to be established in 2019. A limit of €300 (incl of VAT) will be
maintained and LMETB agree to provide statements of expenditure for the purpose of satisfying these
requirements. LMETB will also be able to produce any necessary documentation, if requested to do so by
the Department officials, for the purposes of verification of expenditure incurred in connection with this
application process.

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Appendix 1

LMETB Post Primary Schools (16)

 Beaufort College, Navan, Co. Meath                       www.beaufortcollege.ie
 Bush Post Primary School, Dundalk, Co. Louth             www.bpps.ie
 Dunshaughlin Community College, Dunshaughlin, Co.        www.dunshaughlincc.ie
 Meath
 Coláiste Chú Chulainn/Colaiste Lu, Dundalk, Co. Louth    www.colaistecc.ie
 Coláiste na hInse, Laytown, Co. Meath                    www.colaistenahinse.ie
 Coláiste na Mí, Navan, Co. Meath                         www.colaistenami.ie
 Coláiste Pobail, Rathcairn, Co. Meath                    www.cprathcairn.ie
 Coláiste de Lacy, Ashbourne, Co. Meath                   www.colaistedelacy.ie
 O’ Carolan College, Nobber, Co. Meath                    www.ocarolancollege.ie
 O’ Fiaich College, Dundalk, Co. Louth                    www.ofiaichcollege.ie
 Ratoath College, Ratoath, Co. Meath                      www.ratoathcollege.ie
 Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer, Co. Louth                      www.scoiluimhuiri.ie
 Colaiste Clavin, Longwood, Co. Meath                     www.colaisteclavin.ie
 St. Oliver’s Post Primary School, Oldcastle, Co. Meath   www.stoliverspps.ie
 St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda, Co. Louth      www.socc.ie
 St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne, Co. Meath                 www.stpeterscc.ie

LMETB Community National Schools (1)
 Ard Rí Community National School, Navan, Co. Meath       www.ardricns.ie

LMETB Centre for European Schooling (1)
 Centre for European Schooling, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath   www.europeanschooling.eu

LMETB Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Colleges (2)
 Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE)           www.dife.info
 Dunboyne College of Further Education (DCFE)             www.dunboynecollege.ie

LMETB Second Level Schools with PLC provision (2)
 Beaufort College, Navan                                  www.beaufortcollege.ie
 O’ Fiaich College, Dundalk                               www.ofi.ie

LMETB Regionals Skills & Training Centre

 Regional Skills Training Centre, Dundalk                   www.rstc.ie

Community Schools – Joint Patron
 Ardee Community School                                     www.ardeecommunityschool.ie
 Ashbourne Community School                                 www.ashcom.ie
 Athboy Community School                                    www.athboycs.ie
 Ballymakenny College                                       www.ballymakennycollege.ie
 St. Ciaran’s Community School, Kells                       www.stciaranscs.ie
 Boyne Community School, Trim                               www.boynecs.ie

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Appendix 2

LMETB Board Members

  Oliver Tully                  Louth County Council
  Maeve Yore                    Louth County Council
  Marianne Butler               Louth County Council
  Tomas Sharkey (Chairperson)   Louth County Council
  Peter Savage                  Louth County Council
  Eimear Ferguson               Meath County Council
  Maria Murphy                  Meath County Council
  Wayne Harding                 Meath County Council
  Sharon Tolan                  Meath County Council
  Nick Killian                  Meath County Council
  Damien O’ Reilly              Meath County Council
  Trevor Golden                 Meath County Council
  Ciarán O’ Donnell             LMETB Staff Representative
  Catherine Clair               LMETB Staff Representative
  Ashimedua Okonkwo             LMETB Parent Representative
  Cormac Bohan                  LMETB Parent Representative
  Bill Sweeney                  Community Representative
  Siobhán Greer                 Community Representative
  Sean Patrick Carey            Community Representative
  Alan Breathnach               Community Representative
  Jennifer D’Arcy               Community Representative

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