Tuam national school receives go ahead for extension


Gardenfield National School in Tuam has been given the go ahead for the construction of an extension to the existing school building.

The Board of Management at the catholic national school sought planning permission for a first floor extension consisting of a classroom with toilets, a general purpose room, and an office.

Gardenfield National School was founded in Tuam in 1885. It moved to its current building in 1948, though it has undergone many extensions and modernising works in the time since then.

The latest expansion prior to this was completed in September 2012 and involved the addition of a new classroom to ensure the newest teacher hired didn’t have to keep working out of the gym.

There are currently six standard teachers and one learning support teacher employed by the Department of Education at Gardenfield.

The planning application was submitted by the B.O.M on July 7, but was delayed slightly when the county council requested further information about the wastewater infrastructure for the school.

In September, updated site plans were submitted which included the wastewater infrastructure and an architect’s report saying that it is sufficient to meet demands.

Planning permission was granted by the county council with five conditions attached.