Educate Together says it’s disappointed and concerned at the changing of Two Mile National School, Killarney from a Catholic to community national school.
It’s to open under the Kerry Education and Training Board’s patronage this September.
It’s the first transfer of a school in Kerry since plans were announced by the Education Minister in January, aimed at delivering 400 non-denominational and multi-denominational schools by 2030.
Educate Together says following parental surveys in 2013, Killarney was one of 25 areas around Ireland where parents were promised an Educate Together national school by the Government.
The educational charity has been engaging with parents in Killarney for four years with a view to establishing a school.
They say they’ve proposed various accommodation options for the Department of Education to investigate, including Two Mile school.
They say at no point were parents who are seeking an Educate Together school in the area consulted, nor was the educational charity asked to express an interest in becoming patron of the school.
Educate Together says the reconfiguration plan gives the Catholic Church undue influence, because current patrons – many Catholic bishops, have the final say on if and who schools are transferred to.
They believe a complete review of the reconfiguration process is needed.