UN­DER­STAND­ING PRI­MARY SCHOOL

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THERE’S a lot to com­pre­hend when send­ing your first child to big school. Knowing where to be­gin can be over­whelm­ing, so we’ve sim­pli­fied things.

WAIT­ING LISTS

If there’s a par­tic­u­lar school that you’re in­ter­ested in, you should find out if that school has a wait­ing list and get your child signed up as soon as pos­si­ble, as some schools have long wait­ing lists.

SCHOOL AGE

Most chil­dren in Ire­land start their first-level ed­u­ca­tion in pri­mary schools be­tween the ages of four and five. Pri­mary school runs for eight years – start­ing with two years of in­fant classes, which typ­i­cally fin­ish ear­lier than the other classes.

TYPES OF SCHOOLS

There are dif­fer­ent types of pri­mary schools to choose from in­clud­ing de­nom­i­na­tional schools, multi-de­nom­i­na­tional schools, Irish-speaking schools, spe­cial schools and non-State-aided pri­vate pri­mary schools.

EN­ROL­MENT

You can send your child to any pri­mary school you like, pro­vided there is space avail­able. If your pre­ferred school is full, they may place your child on a wait­ing list, if this hap­pens you may need to con­tact other schools to find a place.

DU­RA­TION

The length of a pri­mary school day is gen­er­ally 5 hours and 40 min­utes – this in­cludes as­sem­bly time and breaks.

PROGRESS RE­PORTS

Schools usu­ally hold a par­ent/teacher meet­ing once or twice dur­ing the year and pro­vide re­ports to keep you up­dated with your child’s progress. But, if you are con­cerned about your child’s progress at any stage dur­ing the year, you can speak to the class teacher.

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