Primary Education

There are a large number of primary schools in the Athlone area and asylum-seeking children have gone to all of them.

Children do not have to attend school until the age of six but it is usual for children to begin school the September following their fourth birthday. Four-year-olds and five-year-olds are enrolled in the junior or senior infant classes.

The curriculum for primary education covers the following key areas:
Language, mathematics, social, environment and scientific education, arts education including visual arts music and drama, physical integration, social personal and health education.

Primary schools are generally privately owned by religious communities (or boards of governors) but are State-funded.