Application Procedures

Application for a place in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is made to the school office, usually in mid to late September.  The exact closing date for application is given on the application form which is available from the school office in September.  Parents will be informed in writing of the status of their application within twenty-one days of the closing date for applications.

Decisions made in relation to admissions are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy.  Under the rules outlined by the Department of Education and Science, secondary school students must be aged at least 12 years on the 1st of January in the calendar year following their entry into First Year.  The criteria for decision-making on applicants are governed by the following:

  1. Brothers (including step-brothers) of students who are in the school, or who have been in the school, are accepted.
  2. Sons (including step-sons, foster sons etc) of past pupils of the school are accepted.
  3. Sons (including step-sons, foster sons etc) of members of staff and ancillary educational personnel are accepted.
  4. Students are accepted from traditional feeder schools.  Places are allocated to students from these schools on a proportional basis using the average number of students enrolled in 1st Year in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh from each of the schools over the previous five years. Applicants who qualify under Criteria 1 – 3 above are included within (and not additional to) their school’s quota.  The recognised feeder schools for Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh are (in alphabetical order):

Ballinora National School
Ballyheada National School
Cloghroe National School
Gaelscoil Ui Riada, Bishopstown
Glasheen National School
Goggin’s Hill National School
Greenmount National School
Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown
St. Joseph’s National School, Mardyke
Togher National School


If the number of applicants from the feeder schools exceeds the places available, the geographical distance from the applicant’s home to Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh ‘as the crow flies’ will be a determining factor in the allocation of places; i.e. applicants living closest to the school will be given priority.

Remaining places will be allocated in the first instance to applicants from feeder schools and thereafter to applicants from other schools which have traditionally provided pupils for Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh. Again, geographical distance will be the determining factor. Once places have been allocated by reference to the above criteria, any remaining places will be allocated by a lottery.

Parents of any student whose application for enrolment is refused by the school may appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 of the 1998 Education Act.  This form is included in appendix 1.

Special Education Needs

The Board of Management will ensure that steps are taken at an early stage to identify children with special needs who may be applying for admission and to become familiar with their needs.

The school will request a copy of the applicant’s medical, psychological or individual educational report if available.    If special resources are required to meet the needs of the student, the Board will request the Department of Education and Science to provide the necessary resources. In seeking to identify the applicant’s needs, it may be necessary for the Principal to meet with the applicant’s parents and/or other professionals working with the child.

Transfers from other Second-level Schools

Pupils may transfer into Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh at any stage subject to:

    • The provisions of the Admissions Policy.
    • The school being satisfied with the reasons for the transfer.
    • The school regarding the move as being in the best interests of the applicant.
    • The availability of space.
    • Consultation with the Educational Welfare Officer.

Under the terms of the Education Act 1998 and the Department of Education and Science Circular M48/01, Coláiste and Spioraid Naoimh reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in exceptional circumstances.

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