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(Ireland) Wexford: Autism school opens; principal 'delighted'

Feb 9, 2024, Irish Independent: New school in north Wexford will cater for 24 students

A new school in Gorey for up to 24 students with autism and complex learning needs has opened up enrolment this week.


Gorey Hill School will be located at Gaelscoil Moshíológ and will comprise of four classes of six students each to be enrolled for the academic year, 2024-25.

Principal of Gaelscoil Moshíológ, Aodhagán Ó Suird and teacher Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin are delighted to be facilitating the Special School as an interim measure. “As a Gorey man myself, I am acutely aware that the Gorey area is crying out for facilities for special needs children,” said Aodhagán.

Gorey Hill School will provide education for students, from the age of 4 to 18 years old, with a diagnosis of autism and complex learning needs and in need of tailored support in a special educational setting.

Gorey Hill School, based in a shared building in Gorey town, is expected to grow its current capacity of students in the future with the development of permanent new premises. It is one of four new Special Schools across Ireland that was announced late last year.

The Department of Education granted patronage of the new school to Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB). “We look forward to working with all the stakeholders to develop a school that meets the needs of our students, their parents and the wider school community,” said acting Chief Executive of WWETB, Dr. Karina Daly….

A Project Manager has been appointed and work will begin on the school soon. This is an interim measure while a bespoke school is built which will cater to the students’ specific needs.

“We’re delighted to welcome them to the school and we anticipate that we will be facilitating them for three or four years,” said Aodhagán….


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