Brookfield College To Have New Home By September

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Principal of Brookfield College, Elisha Dowling, outside the building in Monavalley which is to be the new location for the school come September. Photo by Dermot Crean

BROOKFIELD College students will be moving to a new school come September if all work is completed on schedule according to the Principal Elisha Dowling.

Their new home will be at the large, modern structure at the entrance to Monavalley Industrial Estate which has been unused for the past eight years.

Kerry County Council granted planning for change of use of a 1,026 sq metre unit in the building, from warehousing and light industrial use to educational use, at their meeting last Friday.

“We’re just taking the bottom floor of the building,” said Principal Elisha Dowling. “There’s a lot of work to do but the plan is that we’ll move in in September so it’s all systems go.”

“We’re based in Collis Sandes, which has served us well, but this is a new, more modern, fit-for-purpose building with up-to-date facilities and it’ll be more comfortable for us,” said Mr Dowling, whose private college has 110 students enrolled.

Many of the students are doing the Leaving Certificate at the moment.

“The students are doing fairly well I’m told. The papers have been fair – obviously it’s been challenging – but they’re coping well. Some students are even finished today [Thursday], while some are drawn out until next week,” he said.

Mr Dowling said the move will be entirely, privately funded with no Government monies used.

Brookfield College was established in 1988 and now enrols 5th Year, 6th Year and Repeat Leaving Cert students with grinds, supervised study, revision courses and art and design portfolio preparation service also catered for.

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