Educate Together has welcomed the release of the results of the parental survey of primary school preference in Castlebar. Results show positive levels of support from Castlebar parents on having the choice of an Educate Together school in their community. In addition to Castlebar the pilot survey was also conducted in Whitehall (Dublin ), Trim, Tramore, and Arklow during October and November.
Commenting on the survey results Educate Together regional development officer Jarlath Munnelly said: “We have been aware of parental interest in Educate Together schools in Castlebar for many years but measuring it has been difficult until now. Today's results are confirmation that Castlebar parents would like a choice of school type for their children and that many have a preference for an Educate Together school.”
There are currently 3,200 primary school in Ireland, 2,900 of which are under Catholic patronage. Educate Together, established in 1978 to provide multi-denominational schools, has 65 primary schools nationwide. In addition to being multi-denominational, Educate Together schools are co-educational and are open to all children regardless of their social, cultural, or religious backgrounds.