‘Wanderful’ news for Castlecomer kids

Rather than being in danger of losing a teacher in September, Wandesforde National School has 64 pupils enrolled for the upcoming school year and has been granted “developing school” status, according to its principal.

Rather than being in danger of losing a teacher in September, Wandesforde National School has 64 pupils enrolled for the upcoming school year and has been granted “developing school” status, according to its principal.

An article in Monday’s Irish Independent included the Castlecomer school among 73 nationwide that would be in danger of losing their third teachers because they had 49 students as of September 2011.

But with 64 students enrolled for next autumn the school is more than secure to retain its third teacher, said principal Susan Dennehy, as only two students will be leaving at the end of this year.

In fact, the school has now been granted “developing school” status because it has reached the threshold of 64 pupils for the next academic year, she said.

Located in the centre of the North Kilkenny town, the school celebrated the opening of its refurbished building in 2007.