Still a few places left in local Educate Together National School opening in August

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Leixlip Educate Together National School is opening at the end of August at Leixlip Amenities Centre.

In April last year the Government announced plans for the establishment of 26 new schools over the next four years, one of which was to be in Leixlip.

Parents of preschool children were consulted and were invited to express their preferences in terms of patronage of the new school. Parents in Leixlip voted overwhelmingly in favour of an Educate Together School for their town.

This offers a new departure for the growing town which already has six Catholic schools, one of which is a Gaelscoil. Educate Together schools, which offer children an equality-based education are now the fastest growing education providers in Ireland.

While they teach the same Primary School Curriculum as all other primary schools, their ethos is based on equality-based, co-educational, child-centred and democratic principles.

The new Leixlip Educate Together National School which will be opening its doors to Junior Infants at the end of August will be situated on the grounds of Leixlip Amenities Centre.

Principal, Mary McDowell was appointed at the end of May and has already met with many of the incoming parents.

Mary, who brings with her a wealth of experience was formerly principal at Staplestown NS in Donadea and has an extensive background in education.

She is excited to be at the forefront of a start-up Educate Together School.

She explained: "I am very excited at the prospect of leading and developing Leixlip Educate Together National School.

"I am an ardent advocate of the Educate Together philosophy and look forward to working with the parents and community of Leixlip to help foster an equality-based child-centred learning environment where each and every child is enabled to reach their full potential."

The first cohort of Junior Infants will be meeting each other and their teacher next week.

There are still a limited number of places available for the 2019-2020 school year.

Contact leixlipetns@gmail.com for more details.