Enrolment Policy

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Each school under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta have it’s own enrolment policy.

If you are interested in sending your child to one of our Gaelscoileanna, please contact the school itself to get a copy of their enrolment policy.

2.9.2013 – Minister Quinn publishes draft Admission to Schools bill to regulate the admission of children to primary and post primary schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has published a draft General Scheme for an Education (Admission to Schools) Bill, 2013 as well as draft regulations for discussion ahead of enacting legislation.

The heads of bill, approved by the Cabinet, propose a new parent-friendly, equitable and consistent framework to regulate school admissions policy for all 4,000 primary and post-primary schools. If enacted, this framework will improve access to schools for all pupils and will ensure there is consistency, fairness and transparency in the admissions policies of all schools.

The Minister aims to improve the admissions process to ensure that the way schools decide on applications is structured, fair and transparent. The draft bill seeks to remove the burden from parents of appealing school decisions to refuse a place to their child – this will see an end to the current complex system of appeals to the Department under Section 29 of the Education Act, which sometimes leads to court cases.

The publication of the heads of bill and draft regulations follows a public consultation process held in 2011.

“I would like to thank everyone who has engaged with the public consultation on this matter to date, and I am confident that we can continue to work together to change the system for the benefit of all students, schools and families,” said Minister Quinn.

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  • Draft-Regulations-Content-of-Policy-entitled-Education-Acts-1998-and-2013-Admission-Policies-of-Schools-and-Related-Matters-Regulations-2013
  • Draft-Regulations-on-Admission-Process-entitled-Education-Acts-1998-and-2013-Procedures-and-Timelines-for-the-Admission-of-Students-to-Schools-and-Related-Matters-Regulations-2013
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