Almost 25% of pupils in protestant schools are from a catholic background

A new survey shows that almost a quarter of pupils in Protestant primary schools come from a Catholic background.

The 'Our School Community' survey also found that Protestant schools throughout Ireland cater for a broad range of religious and cultural diversity.

Academic success and reputation was the most important reason for almost half of parents when choosing a Protestant school.

The national survey comes as fears are expressed for the future of some small protestant schools in Donegal under new budgetary rules. Those fears will be among the issues highlighted at a protest rally in Letterkenny a week from today.

Principal of the Church of Ireland College of Education is Dr Anne Lodge...........

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