Enrolment Policy

Admission Policy of St Patrick’s Boys’ National School 

3rd March 2020

Roll 03917V

Cambridge Road, Ringsend

Dublin D04AP98

  1. Introduction 

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.

The policy was approved by the school patron in April 2020.  It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.

The relevant dates and timelines for St Patrick’s Boys’ National School admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

  1. Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School is a Catholic, all boys primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of the Arch-Bishop of Dublin.

“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:

a. The full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person, of the pupil, including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritualistic aspects: and

b. a living relationship with God and with other people: and

c. a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and

d. the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith;

and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and/or such ethos and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

In accordance with S. 15 (2) (b) of the Education Act 1998, the Board of Management of St Patrick’s Boys’ National School shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

Mission Statement

At the heart of our school is the child. Each child is special and unique. In school we focus on the development of the whole child; academic, spiritual, moral, physical, social, emotional and psychological. We try to provide each child with an education for life and for living.

We try to help our pupil’s value and develop their faith and culture. We try to help them to appreciate the beauty of the world around us and to respect and care for the environment.

Our school tries to provide a happy, supportive and secure environment where each child is valued and respected. Our school attempts to develop each child to his full potential. We seek to develop children spiritually and morally and to foster an ethical sense that will enable our pupils to acquire values which to base choices and attitudes.

We attempt to instil a love of learning and to enable the pupils to learn how to learn and to value lifelong learning.

We regard parents as the primary educators of their children and we fully support this role. Our school ethos is one, which values the contribution and participation of the entire community, parents, teachers and management.

Regular communication between home and school is an important element. We collaborate with several community organisations and value their contributions, which further enhance the learning opportunities for our pupils.

  1. Admission Statement 

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

  1. the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  2. the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  3. the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  4. the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  5. the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  6. the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  7. the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  8. the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or 
  9. the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’,  ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.


Single gender schoolsSt Patrick’s Boys’ National School is an all-boys school and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit a girl applying for admission to this school. 
  1. Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the school/special class
We cater for pupils with a range of Special Education Needs but St Patrick’s BNS does not operate a Special Class or Unit currently.
  1. Admission of Students

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

  1. the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)
  1. a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student
Additional information:
A school that admits students of one gender onlySt Patrick’s Boys’ National School provides education exclusively for boys and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of the gender provided for by this school.


All denominational schoolsSt Patrick’s Boys’ National School is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.
  1. Oversubscription 

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice: 

Selection criteria;
Boys who turn 4 before 1st September in the year that they wish to enter Junior Infants.Siblings of boys already in St Patrick’s Boys’ National SchoolSiblings of girls already in St Patrick’s Girls’ National School Siblings of boys who have previously attended St Patrick’s Boys’ National School and have now moved on. Siblings of girls who have previously attended St Patrick’s Girls’ National School and have now moved on. Boys who live within the geographical area of Ringsend and Irishtown.Boys who live outside Ringsend and Irishtown.

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:


The boy who is the eldest will be automatically awarded the place. 
If both boys have the same date of birth, then a drawing of lots will take place in the presence of the relevant parents or guardians.
  1. What will not be considered or taken into account

In accordance with section 62(7)(e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

Points (a) to (g) must be included here by all schools. There are limited exceptions to some of these (highlighted in red below) and schools must retain the exceptions that apply to them and delete those that do not:
a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí, 
the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school; 
a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;
the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;
a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission; 
the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school, 
This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned.This is also subject to the school making offers based on existing waiting lists (up until 31st January 2025 only). 
  1. Decisions on applications 

All decisions on applications for admission to St Patrick’s Boys’ National School will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy
  • The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)
  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and section 15  below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

  1. Notifying applicants of decisions

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice. 

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.  

Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

  1.  Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant

In accepting an offer of admission from St Patrick’s Boys’ National School, you must indicate—

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

  1. Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by St Patrick’s Boys’ National School where—

  1. it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
  2. an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
  3. the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
  4. an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.
  1. Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students. 

Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list of students in relation to whom – 

  1. An application for admission to the school has been received
  2. An offer of admission to the school has been made o r
  3. An offer of admission to the school has been accepted

This list may include any or all of the following:

  1. The date on which an application for admission was received by the school.
  2. The date on which an offer of admission was made by the school 
  3. The date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant
  4. A student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and personal service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the social welfare Consolidation Act 2005)
  1. Waiting list in the event of oversubscription

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to St Patrick’s Boys’ National School were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of St Patrick’s Boys’ National School is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.  

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

  1. Late Applications

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act. 

Late applications will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application. Late applications will be offered a place if there is a place available. In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to a waiting list as set out in section 13. 

  1. Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year
The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as follows: 
If the school is deemed to be oversubscribed under the DEIS thresholds of 20 and 24 then the applicant will not be able to enrol. Applicants must submit enrolment form and birth certificate. The date of birth will be checked against the profile of the class.The ASN of that class will also be considered in order to ascertain if the enrolment will be conducive to the class. 
The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows:
If the school is deemed to be oversubscribed under the DEIS thresholds of 20 and 24 then the applicant will not be able to enrol. Applicants must submit enrolment form and birth certificate. The date of birth will be checked against the profile of the class.The ASN of that class will also be considered in order to ascertain if the enrolment will be conducive to the class. If all these criteria are met and all paperwork is complete then the applicant may start within the next 7 days. 


  1. Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

This rule applies to all schools.

The board of St Patrick’s Boys’ National School or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

  1. an application for admission of a student to the school, or
  2. the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.
  1.  Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction 

This section must be completed by schools that provide religious instruction to students.

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parents or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, who has requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction in the school.  These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such students:
Will remain in the mainstream class during these lessons.Will be given meaningful activities to do during these lessons
A written request should be made to the Principal of the school. A meeting will then be arranged with the parent(s) or the student, as the case may be, to discuss how the request may be accommodated by the school. 
  1. Reviews/appeals

Review of decisions by the Board of Management

The parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.    

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The Board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the Board of Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the Board of Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.   

Right of appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission.  

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the Board of Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of Decisions by the Board of Management)

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the Board of Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.    

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

Ratified by the Board of Management on ______________________________

Signed Chairperson ______________________________________________

                                           St Patrick’s Boys’ National School

Cambridge Road, Ringsend

Roll No 03917V

ANNUAL ADMISSION NOTICE

In respect of admissions to the 2022/2023 school year.

  • This notice will be published one week before we accept applications for admission. 
  • This notice will be published on the school’s website and will remain there for the duration of the school year.
  • This notice will be made available on written request.

Admissions Policy and Application Form 

A copy of St Patrick’s Boys’ National School Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the school year 2022 – 2023 is available as follows;

To download, go to:  www.stpatricksbnsringsend.ie

On request by emailing ringsendbns@gmail.com or in writing to The Principal, St Patrick’s Boys’ National School, Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4. 

PART 1 – Admissions to school year 2022 – 2023.

Application and Decision Dates for admission to school year 2022 – 2023.

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants in September 2021.

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School will commence accepting applications for admission on – 1st October 2021
St Patrick’s Boys’ National School shall cease accepting applications for admission on –25th January 2022
St Patrick’s Boys’ National School will notify applicants of the decision of their application by – 10th February 2022
The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission either in writing or by email is – 28th February 2022

Failure to accept an offer within the prescribed period above may result in the offer being withdrawn.

Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy. 

Number of Places being made available in St Patrick’s Boys’ National School year for school year 2021 – 2022.

The number of places being made available in Junior Infants is 24