Timahoe National School have been granted permission to build a resource room on to their five classroom school.
As a result of additional resource hours being granted in the school year 2011/2012, the school were given a shared resource position based in Timahoe.
But the resource teacher came at a cost to the pupils in Timahoe who had to give up their PE Hall some of the time for it to be used as a resource room.
As the school had a pupil teacher ratio of 19:1, compared with the national average of 38:1, they had no resource room to cater for the 19 pupils and so they were forced to use the PE Hall as a resource teaching space.
“The children have gained in terms of optimum learning environment but all pupils have had very restricted access to the hall during the school year. This situation could not be allowed to continue. The build of an appropriate-sized resource room will rectify this situation and also provide a learning space for other class groupings from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th to leave their classrooms and work in this new room rather than work as they are currently forced on corridors and hallways; a sight which can be seen any day of the week in TNS,” school principal, Ann Bergin.