Merlin College reduces intake due to demand for places

Pictured recently at the annual first year parents' induction at Merlin College are principal John Cleary, deputy principal Sinead Farragher, Kassy Counihan, who also gave a presentation to second and third year parents on Junior Cycle CBAs, and first year head Claire Cunningham.

Pictured recently at the annual first year parents' induction at Merlin College are principal John Cleary, deputy principal Sinead Farragher, Kassy Counihan, who also gave a presentation to second and third year parents on Junior Cycle CBAs, and first year head Claire Cunningham.

Merlin College will host an open night for incoming first year students and their parents on Monday September 30. To ensure that parents have an opportunity at securing one of only 110 places available, they are being advised that they must attend the event as any late applications will be unsuccessful due to demand.

The school, which has reached its maximum number of students, has decided to reduce its intake of first years for 2020/21 to ensure it continues to be a positive learning environment where the highest of standards are met.

The school is still awaiting confirmation from the Department of Education on an application to extend the building to accommodate the large volume of students applying. "Until then we have no intention of going over the maximum number designed for the building," said school principal John Cleary. "Our pleasant learning environment is paramount in all that we do. Keeping our students happy and safe is number one priority. We did take 140 students last year, but unfortunately we are no longer in a position to do so as our numbers have just grown dramatically in such a short space of time."

Mr Cleary believes that the school’s success stems from a dedicated and caring staff, a wonderful parent body, and a very broad curriculum which will include Italian and German options next year.

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