In 1990, a group of people, most of whom lived in the North Kildare area, and who believed in educating children of all creeds and backgrounds together, founded the North Kildare National School Project now known as North Kildare Educate Together National School (N.K.E.T.N.S.)
The school opened in September 1994 at Ballymakealy Lower, Celbridge. It received permanent recognition from the Department of Education in 1995, an early acknowledgement of the school’s long term viability. Like all other National Schools in the country, it is subject to the rules of the Department of Education.
On 25th November 1998 confirmation was received from the Department of Education & Science that under the new arrangements for funding for school building projects, the Department would meet the full cost of purchasing our new site and 95% of building costs.
On 9th April 1999, the Department of Education & Science advised that our long-term accommodation would consist of a principal plus eight class teachers (a single stream school). In June 2003, the school relocated to our present building which includes a unit for children with autism.
For a more detailed account of the school’s first decade, check out our Tenth Anniversary Newsletter
The Outreach Classes for children with Autism opened in the school year 2006/2007. Since moving to permanent premises beside the Celbridge Athletics Club track, the school has earned a reputation for excellence in athletics with many trophies being won by children at the annual Cumann na mBunscol games in Santry each year.
2010 saw a major IT upgrade to the school’s facilities with each classroom now equipped with a digital projector and some of the rooms equipped with interactive white boards.
As the population of Celbridge continued to grow, the DES approached the school in 2011 and asked us to consider going two-stream to accommodate additional pupils. After a consultation process involving the entire school community, it was decided to accede to this request and an eight classroom extension was constructed. The extension was formally opened by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan in May 2014.
For the school year 2014-2015 we hosted the Celbridge Community School as their premises was not ready and in September 2015 we took in our first two-stream Junior Infant intake.
The school now has two of each class from Junior Infants to Fourth Class and one class each in Fifth and Sixth. By September 2022 we will be fully two-stream with an enrolment of about 440 pupils. Our current enrolment as of April 2020 is 377 pupils.