First Community National School in Wexford

February 20, 2019


First Community National School in Wexford to open in Kilnamanagh

Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) is delighted to announce the establishment of its first Community National School (CNS) in Kilnamanagh, Co. Wexford.  This follows the transfer of patronage from the Church of Ireland to WWETB. It will be the first primary school of its kind in Co. Wexford and offers a progressive model of primary education underpinned by a unique multidenominational ethos.  Enrolment will begin shortly for Junior Infants- 6th Class for families in the Kilnamanagh and Oulart areas as well as children from the wider geographical areas for the coming academic year (2019/2020).

The Director of Schools, Eilís Leddy says “A distinguishing feature of the CNS model is its multidenominational ethos. Speaking to parents in the Wexford area, it is clear that families want the choice of this type of publicly-managed, community-focused and equality-based educational setting for their children. We are committed to the provision of high quality teaching and learning in an holistic setting ”

Having WWETB as its patron is significant in what this school has to offer. WWETB is a locally based state agency and is already the patron of 12 post primary schools and Post Leaving Certificate Colleges in Waterford and Wexford. Having WWETB as patron means the school benefits from a broad range of services and supports to their Board of Management such as administrative, Information Technology, governance, financial, Human Resources and buildings. This ensures that the staff of the school have additional time to focus on excellence in teaching and learning. Similar schools have been set up in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Cork over the last 10 years and have experienced significant growth and success.

Kevin Lewis, CE of WWETB expressed his gratitude for all who made this new school possible;  “WWETB are hugely supportive of this new school and have worked very hard since the Department of Education and Skills approved its opening. I would like to thank in particular  Bishop Michael Burrows, Archdeacon Bob Gray and Dr. Ken Fennelly for their support and confidence in WWETB and we look forward to continuing to serve the local and wider communities at post primary and now at primary level”.

Archdeacon Bob Gray, Chairman of the Board of Management said “The Board of Management of Kilnamanagh National School welcomes the forthcoming transfer of patronage of the school from the Church of Ireland to the WWETB from August 2019.  We wish the WWETB every success for the future and hope that its community-based ethos will enable the school to grow and to thrive in the years ahead.” Bishop Michael Burrows added: “the school will continue to operate and provide quality education in the local community and we are confident that the long heritage of the school will be respected and cherished, albeit within a new mode of governance”.

Eilís Leddy added “we are proud to be patrons of the first Community National School in Wexford and we hope it will be the first of many across Wexford and Waterford.  This new model of primary school recognizes and celebrates the identity of all children equally. Our priority is to enhance children’s love of learning through innovative teaching in an environment that nurtures their well-being and personal development. Parental involvement is encouraged in all aspects of school life”

We are now taking enrolments and interested parents can contact WWETB Head Office directly on 053-9123799,  by emailing



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