Kerry is set to have its first Community National School by 2018.
Community National Schools were set up in 2008, in response to the growing number of non-Catholic parents in the Dublin area, who found there were limited options for their child’s primary education.
There are now eleven such schools around Ireland, and plans are underway to establish one in Kerry in the next two years, in a location yet to be decided.
These schools differ in a number of ways from Educate Together schools, in that children wear uniforms and address teachers in a more formal way.
They’re multi-denominational, and all religions are taught through a mixed-belief programme.
Seamus Conboy, from Education and Training Boards Ireland, says it’s about giving parents more choice: