Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Education and Skills
171. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of post-primary schools that do not have a primary school designated as their feeder school as part of their enrolment and admissions policies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9047/19]
My Department does not hold any information in relation to the enrolment policies of individual schools.
Under the provisions of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management is responsible for the day to day running of a school and the Board must publish the admissions policy of the school.
In relation to enrolment generally, it is my Department's responsibility to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils seeking school places in an area.
Parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary.
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.