Admissions Policy

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 Admissions Policy


The Education Act 1998 enjoins all schools in the State to promote respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life.  The Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire Community School is setting out its admissions policy in accordance with current legislation and the policies of its Trustees.

The Board of Management trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and furthermore the Principal of Scoil Mhuire Community School, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

 Scoil Mhuire Community School depends on the financial and human resources allocated to it by the Department of Education and Skills.  The school also operates within the regulations laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.


This policy sets out the manner in which students are admitted to the school. The key principles outlined in the Education Act underpin this admissions policy.  These are:

Entry Requirements:

 The applicant must have reached 12 years of age by 1st January of their first year at Scoil Mhuire Community School.

 Places will be offered to students according to the following criteria:

  1. Siblings of current or former students in Scoil Mhuire and sons and daughters of staff members of Scoil Mhuire Community School.

  1. Applicants attending primary schools in Clane &  Rathcoffey.  These primary schools are Scoil Bhride (Clane), Scoil Phadraig (Clane), St. Mochuo’s National School (Rathcoffey) and Hewetson School (Clane) (not in order of priority).
  1. Sons and daughters of past pupils of Scoil Mhuire Community School.
  1. Applicants attending primary schools in Staplestown, Tiermohan,  Robertstown, Straffan, Ardclough, Allenwood, Prosperous, Coill Dubh, Killina, Allen,  Timahoe,  Caragh (not in order of priority).

  1. All other applicants.

Transition Year

  1. To gain admittance to this programme applicants should submit a written application form prior to the closing date.
  2. When considering admission an applicant’s record in the school will be taken into account including:
  1. 3. Because places are limited not all applicants may be successful.  

  1. 4. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, a lottery will be used to allocate these places. Procedure for the lottery will be determined by the Board of Management. (See Appendix 1)`  

Leaving Certificate Applied

  1. Admittance is by written application.
  2. Acceptance is conditional on:
    1. Behaviour.
    2. Attendance.
    3. Suitability.
    4. Availability.
    5. Preference is given to applicants from  Scoil Mhuire Community School.
    6. 4. As places are limited to 15 not all applicants may be successful.  
    7. 5. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, a lottery will be used to allocate these places. Procedure for the lottery will be determined by the Board of Management. (See appendix 1)


The LCA Co-ordinator will, in collaboration with Teachers, Year Heads, Principal/Deputy Principal and other Programme Co-ordinators identify applicants who, based on progress at Junior Cycle, maybe suitable for participation in LCA. Where, on foot of this review process, candidates for whom  LCA is deemed suitable are identified, parents/guardians will be consulted to ensure that the educational needs of their son or daughter are addressed.

Applications for the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme will not be accepted after the 1st June unless the principal believes the applicant will make a positive contribution to the course. 

The Enrolment of Students with Special Needs

The school welcomes applicants with special needs and will do its utmost to provide for these needs. However, the BOM reserves the right to refuse enrolment if it is of the opinion that it would not benefit the applicant or existing students or if the resources at its disposal are inadequate for the proper or safe care of the applicant.

Students Transferring from other Schools

  1. Students may transfer to the school subject to the school’s admission policy, available places, and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Skills.
  2. Students must complete a Student Transfer Form.
  3. Acceptable references, academic records and other reports as required must be provided.
  4. The BOM reserves the right to refuse enrolment if it would be of (a) no benefit to the applicant or existing students (b)  a health and safety risk.

Contract of Learning/Behaviour

Central to the operation of an effective and caring school is a fair and efficient Code of Learning/Behaviour to which students, parents, staff and management must subscribe, which ensures mutual respect and co-operation and which has regard to the rights and responsibilities of all concerned.

Both Parents/Guardians of, and students wishing to attend Scoil Mhuire Community School must read and accept the school’s Contract of Learning/Behaviour.  Parents/Guardians and student must sign the school’s Contract of Learning/Behaviour.

Parents/Guardians whose children have been offered a place at Scoil Mhuire Community School must;

  1. Complete the Registration Form by a specific date.
  2. Attend an information evening.
  3. Attend an interview if required.
  4. Agree in writing to abide by the school’s Contract of Learning/Behaviour.

Parents/Guardians and students are required to re-register and renew their acceptance of the school’s Contract of Learning/Behaviour at the commencement of each school year.

Right of Board to refuse.

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in exceptional circumstances. (See Section 29, Education Act 1998 and Circular M48/02).

Role of Principal

In the event of no places available the Board of Management authorises the Principal to inform parents that there are no available places.

Right to Appeal

Parents have a right to appeal;

(1)   Appeal to the BOM within 14 days of receipt of refusal to enrol.

(2)   Appeal under Section 29 of the Education act. Forms are available from the (1) DES, (2) EWO.

All admissions are subject to the approval of the Board of Management.  The Board of Management will review this admissions policy on a yearly basis.

Providing false or misleading information will render an application invalid and may result in an offer of place being withdrawn should the BOM have made such an offer.

(1)    Department of Education and Skills 0761108588

(2)    Educational Welfare Services  017718633

Sr Colette McCloskey

Chairperson BOM

Date: 09/10/2018



Procedures for Conduct of Lottery


1. The Lottery will take place as soon as is practicable after the closing date.

2. The Lottery will be conducted by the Principal in the Presence of two members of the Board of Management along with an independent observer from the community.

3. If the number of applicants is exceeded then all the names of the applicants in the category where over subscription occurs will be placed in a ballot box. The names of the applicants will be picked individually from the Box by the Principal.

4. The order in which the applicant names are picked from the box should be recorded by the Principal with the first name picked being person number 1 in that category and so on until the total enrolment figure is reached. If a twin is picked from the box their twin will automatically get the next place. Any subsequent names picked after this figure has been reached will be recorded in order to enable a waiting list be created.

5. Procedures as in 3 & 4 above will be followed in all the remaining categories down to Category 4 so a full waiting list can be created. Only when the above lotteries are completed will the extra applications be added according to date and time of application.

6. All such lists must be verified by the Chairperson of the Board of Management or his / her representative and signed accordingly to ensure/ confirm the fairness and transparency of the process.

7. Only those applicants numbered 1 to the agreed figure will be offered places, according to the Policy, and only after an applicant declines an offer of a place in writing to the Principal or after a period of time if in the professional opinion of the Principal the place is not going to be accepted can the next person on the waiting list be offered the place.

Sr Colette McCloskey

Chairperson Board of Management

Dated: 09/10/2018