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Enrolment Criteria

While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the BOM respects the rights of children already enrolled and therefore reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom at 29 pupils bearing in mind

  • Resources and funding available
  • Size of/available space in classrooms
  • Educational needs of children of a particular age
  • Multi-grade classes
  • Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs
  • DES maximum class average directives
  • Children must be 4 years old by the start of the school year in which they start school
  • Enrolment to start in Junior Infants takes place on the first day of the school year.

In the event that the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year, the BOM will then process the application in accordance with the criteria laid down:

1. Children permanently residing in the area (Parents/Guardians may be requested to furnish utility bills as evidence of residence)
2. Siblings of proposed new entrant attending or who have attended the School.
3. Children of staff members
4. First come, first served

Application Procedures

Parents seeking to enrol their child are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application Form (available in the school) with an original Birth/Adoption Certificate to the school.

In the case of a child with a medical/psychological condition, the BOM will request a copy of the child's medical and/or psychological report of where such a report is not available, may request that the child be assessed immediately. Where the BOM deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the DES to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report.

It may be necessary for the BOM to defer enrolment of a particular child pending:
" the receipt of an assessment report; and/or
" the provision of appropriate resources by the DES to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical report

The BOM will notify applicants of their decision in relation to an application in November of the year prior to the year in which the child is due to start.

Transfer of Pupils

Applications from Pupils who, with the approval of the DES, wish to transfer from another school will be considered under the terms of this policy and available space. Information concerning attendance and educational progress in their previous school must accompany the application.


Children who enrol in the school and their parents/guardians are expected to respect the School's Code of Behaviour and Bullying Policy, as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. The BOM places the responsibility on Parents/Guardians for ensuring that their children co-operate with school policies.


This policy is subject to review and update annually.

NEPS: National Educational Psychological Service
BOM: Board of Management
DES: Department of Education and Skills

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