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Draft Admission Policy

Introduction to the Process

Certain sections of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018, relating to the school admission process, commenced on 1 February 2020. The key dates for the preparation and publication of an admission policy are set out in new requirements that apply to admissions from September 2021 onwards.

Preparation of a draft admission policy

Section 62(1) of the Act requires boards of management to prepare a draft admission policy, following consultation with the patron, parents of students attending the school and the staff of the school.

Schools are requested to prepare a draft admission policy and, no later than 30 April 2020, submit the draft to St. Senan's for patron approval.

Review of draft admission policy by patron

The patron must approve the draft admission policy or approve the draft admission policy subject to modifications.

Where the draft policy is approved subject to modifications, a board of management will have 2 weeks within which to make the specified modifications and return the policy for patron approval.

The admission policy must be approved by the patron by 15 September 2020 at the latest.

Publication of admission policy

Boards of management are required to publish the school’s admission policy on the school website on or after 1 September 2020 and, on written request, make copies available to parents, the Minister or members of the public.


The Board of Management and staff of Glounaguillagh N.S. have been working on the Admission Policy over the last number of weeks. It is now available for feedback from the parent body.

Parents, pupils and staff now have the opportunity to review this draft policy and submit comments or suggested amendments via email to

The Board of Management will consider these comments and suggested amendments with a view towards approving the policy for sending to the school’s Patron.

The draft policy can be viewed HERE:


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