School Admission Policy


Castleknock National School, Main Street, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Roll No: 8202611

A Church of Ireland School, under the Patronage of

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev. Michael Jackson


A: General Information


  1. This policy is set out by the Board of Management in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, in order to assist parents in matters relating to enrolment in the school. Any queries arising from the policy can be clarified by consulting the Chairperson, Rev. Paul Houston, 12 Hawthorn Lawn, Castleknock, Dublin 15 or the Principal, Mrs. Sandra Moloney (Tel: 8202611 during school hours).


  1. There are eight class teachers, administrative principal, a resource teacher, part-time resource teacher, a learning support teacher and language support teacher.


  1. The school caters for students from Junior Infants up to Sixth Class, and is mixed (boys and girls) throughout the school.


  1. The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education. School policy will always have regard to the resources and funding available.


  1. The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of The Education Act (1998).


  1. Within the context and parameters of Department regulations, the rights of The Patron and the resources and funding available, the school supports the principles of:


  1. inclusiveness, particularly to the enrolment of a child with a disability or other special educational need.
  2. equality of access and participation in the school.
  3. parental choice in relation to enrolment.
  4. respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.


B. Procedures


  1.  All applications for places in the school shall be submitted on the approved application form to the school Principal by the end of February in the school year previous to which admission is requested.  The Board will communicate the enrolment procedure to the school community through school and parish newsletters.


  1. Only such forms as have been completed in full will be considered by the Board of Management and the receipt of these will be acknowledged.


Completion of such a form does not guarantee a place in the school.

  1. Early completion of the form is not a factor in the allocation of places at the school.


  1. All applicants for Junior Infants must have attained their 4th birthday by 30th April in the year of admission.


  1. Throughout the school year, applications for the following school year shall be monitored by the Principal and Chairperson of Board of Management.


  1. Prior to the Spring meeting of the Board of Management the Principal and Chairperson shall discuss the list of applicants in order to be in a position to advise the Board at its meeting.


  1. The Board of Management will consider all applications at its meeting in the Spring Term.


  1. The Board of Management will give consideration to the following factors:


  • the number of available spaces in the school, which in turn involves:


  • the current pupil teacher ratio as per D.E.S.
    • the number of pupils expected to leave the school
    • the size of the smallest classroom in the school
    • the effect of the intake on the division/pairing of classes
    • the deployment of teachers
    • the resources of the school


  • whether an applicant is a sibling of another pupil already attending the school.
  • the religious denomination of the applicant
  • the place of residence of the applicant



  1. Siblings of pupils already at the school are not automatically entitled to a place.


  1. Applications are not generally entertained during the course of the year for that current year, except in the case of change of residence.


  1. In relation to religious denomination the following priority is followed:


  1. Church of Ireland parishioners of the Church of Ireland parishes of Castleknock and Mulhuddart with Clonsilla.


  1. Church of Ireland parishioners of the Church of Ireland Parish of Christ Church Cathedral Group of parishes.


  1. Children of interchurch marriages where one of the partners is a member of the Church of Ireland parishes a)-b).


  1. Parishioners of other Church of Ireland parishes where the Board considers there are adequate reasons for their child to attend this school.


  1. Children who are members of churches which are full ecumenical partners of the Church of Ireland (member churches of the Irish Council of Churches, Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland or Conference of European Churches i.e. Belgian/French/Dutch Reformed Church, Congregational Federation, Lutheran Church,* Methodist Church, Moravian Church, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, old Catholic Church, Orthodox Churches, Presbyterian Church, Religious Society of Friends, The Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church). Also children who are members of the Baptist Union of Ireland.



*Children of Porvoo Churches i.e. the Lutheran Churches of Norway, Sweden, Denmark,Iceland, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania since 1996 are full members of the Church of Ireland when resident in Ireland.  The term “Church of Ireland” should be taken to include them in this Admission policy.



  1. Children of interchurch marriages living within the parish boundaries a)-b) where at least one of the partners is a member of the Churches listed at e).


  1. Children who are members of churches which are involved in the Irish-Church Meeting i.e. Roman Catholic Church and children of other Christian denominations if there are a large number of applicants in this category and the school is unable to offer a place to all. Priority will be decided by age, eldest first.


  1. Children of others faiths, sects, cults and of no religion.



  1. In relation to residence the following guidelines are followed:


  • in relation to a) – d) above the parish boundaries delineate the catchment area.


  • in relation to f)&g) above applications will be considered from Dublin 15, 7, 1, 11 and County Meath.

·         in relation to (g) – (h) above applications will be considered from within the boundaries delineated by the Roman Catholic Parish of  Castleknock.


  1. Pupils, who wish to transfer from another school in the locality, are not normally allocated places at the school.


Enrolment of children with special needs


In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, it is open to the Board of Management, to request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, to request that the child be assessed immediately.

The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required.


Following receipt of the report, the Board should assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the report.  Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it should, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Science to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report. If such a report is not available to request that the child be assessed immediately.  The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child relevant to his/her special needs and to profile the support services required.


These resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.


The school should meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs.  If necessary, a full-case conference involving all parties should be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, remedial teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist, as appropriate.


It may be necessary for Boards of Management to decide to defer enrolment of a particular child, pending:



  • the receipt of an assessment report: and /or
  • the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education & Science to meet the needs specified in the Psychological and/or medical report.


  1. A waiting list may be drawn up if the Board of Management wishes.



  1. Such a waiting list does not carry forward to subsequent years in the case of a child who is not allocated a place.


  1. The waiting list does not prejudice the entitlement of children in the categories (a) – (b) above (Church of Ireland children)


  1. The principal and Chairperson of the Board of Management, on the advice of the Board, may decide to interview those on a waiting list in order to determine the priority of the applications on that list.


  1. All applicants shall be informed, in writing, of the Board’s decision.


  1. A Right of Appeal exists under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.


Adopted by the Board of Management, 2002


Reviewed by Board of Management, 13/03/14