Monday, 11 September 2017
Department of Education and Skills
School Enrolments Data
310. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of spare places in junior infants classes in each primary school in Swords and in the surrounding areas, including schools in the rural hinterland for the 2017-2018 school year; the waiting list for junior infants for each of these schools for the 2017-2018 school year; the way in which these figures compare to both the spare capacity and waiting lists for the 2016/2017 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36915/17]
As the Deputy will be aware the pupil enrolments on 30 September is the key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level. In that regard, the enrolment position for the year 2017/18 will not be clarified in the area referred to until schools complete their enrolment process in the coming weeks.
A school's enrolment policy, and the question of waiting lists, is a matter for each individual school management. This information is not held within my Department. In that regard, however, it is understood that pupils on waiting lists in the area referred to may include applications for parents in respect of future years, e.g. 2018/19 etc..
In the case of both 2016/17 and 2017/18 my Department is satisfied that there were adequate junior infant places available to meet the requirement of the area.