Educate Together commissioned a survey (A.Seery et al, 2007) to determine whether there was a demand for Educate Together second level schools. The published results of the survey (A Feasibility Study for the Opening of a Second-Level School by Educate Together (Seery et al. 2007) clearly indicated that parents who choose to send their children to Educate Together primary schools would send their children to Educate Together secondary schools.
In 2008, a Draft Curricular Framework for an Educate Together Second-level School (Geraghty) was also published. In addition, the number of Educate Together primary schools had grown to 56 by 2009, and this in itself began to create demand.
Educate Together published ‘Taking the Next Step: A Blueprint for Educate Together Second-level Schools’ in 2009. It was strongly endorsed by a wide range of education professionals, parents, academics and politicians.
In 2011 the then-Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. announced that 20 new post-primary schools were to be established up to 2017 to cater for increasing student numbers. Once Educate Together Secondaries started to open, it became clear that interest in them was not restricted to the parents of those children who had attended Educate Together primary school. Indeed parents, who felt the model to be a great innovation, were willing to travel significant distances to have their children educated in that ethos.
Supported by the local community Educate Together applied in 2013, for patronage of a new second level school to open in Cork. This campaign was successful and later that year Educate Together were awarded patronage of a new post-primary school by the Minister.
Together with Niall Wall, Educate Together Regional Development Officer a local start up group was formed. Working alongside other community stakeholders they ensured the successful establishment of the school. The new school was called Cork Educate Together Secondary School.
Colm O'Connor was appointed principal in February 2015. With the support of the Interim Board of Management, the school opened in late August 2016, with 9 teachers and 45 students. Despite being located in temporary accommodation, our innovative approach has meant that, by September 2017, our school had grown to 120 pupils and 13 teachers.