Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together Secondary School (MPETSS) is delighted to announce that the first phase of its permanent build has commenced in recent weeks.Now in its 3rd year, MPETSS first opened its doors to 1st year students on 27th August 2018 at temporary accommodation in Swords Enterprise Park, on the Feltrim Road, Drinan (K67 W9Y8). Limited space has seen classes being restricted to two per year group however, this year, they have been granted the opportunity to open a third class. The school is set to grow to over 190 students in 2021/22 academic year and the new permanent school building, when completed, will accommodate over 1000 secondary school students from the area by the year 2028/29.Plans for the new school include : A Technology Suite that includes separate provision for Technical Graphics, Technology Wood, Metalwork /Engineering Room, Technology and Design, Communication Graphics.-A Home Economics Suite that includes two kitchens and a Dress and Design room - Six Science Laboratories - Multimedia Learning Lab - Two storey Library - Two Music and Drama Rooms - An Art and Design Suite - Physical Education suite that includes a modern gym and a Fitness Suite and external courts - ICT enabled classrooms - Courtyard that includes school garden project and sensory garden, leisure facilities and learning sites - Internal Social Areas for Students, also with a canteen and space for school productions - and a purpose built centre for the needs of children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).MPETSS Principal is Aoife Kelly-Gibson. “We are very excited to learn that our permanent build is due to begin. Ms Kelly-Gibson said and added, “Student applications for 21/22 1st year and additional enquiries from new residents moving to the Malahide area were the highest seen this year in all local schools. Completion of the new build will bring additional capacity & facilities which will allow us grow our student base exponentially to meet the demand in our catchment.” Information on MPETSS can be found at their website. Applications for 1styear 21/22 are now closed as places are filled. Applications for 1st year 22/23 will open in October 2021.