Written answers

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Department of Education and Skills

School Patronage

Photo of Seán KennySeán Kenny (Dublin North East, Labour)
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210. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide a list of primary schools in Dublin North East constituency which provide non-denominational education for primary school children; and the procedures to allow enrolment at these schools. [34890/14]

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
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My Department does not compile statistical data on an electoral or constituency area basis.

For school planning purposes the country is divided into geographic districts known as feeder areas each with several primary schools feeding into a post-primary centre with one or more post-primary schools.

The information requested by the Deputy will, therefore, have to be reconfigured into the format requested. I have arranged for this to be done and it will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

With regard to enrolment policy procedures, it is the responsibility of the managerial authorities of all schools to implement an enrolment policy in accordance with the Education Act, 1998. A Board of Management may find it necessary to restrict enrolment to children from a particular area or a particular age group or on the basis of some other criterion. The criteria to be applied by schools in such circumstances are a matter for the schools themselves. This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. Under section 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, each school is legally obliged to publish its enrolment policy.


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