Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act, and the funding and resources available, St. Michael`s School supports the principles of :

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational needs.

  • Equality of access and participation in the school.

  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment.

  • Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

Applications for pupils seeking admission at the commencement of the academic year will be dealt with as follows:

Admissions stage 1 – Notification 

  1. Those intending to apply for enrolment at St. Michael`s School should contact the school and notify the school on a Notification of Intention to Apply Form and in any event prior to the commencement of the academic year immediately preceding the year of admission.

  2. Receipt of the completed form will be acknowledged by the school.

  3. The acknowledgement will include a note stressing the importance of parents advising the school of any change of their correspondence address.   

Admissions stage 2 – Applications 

Stage 2 starts in September in the year immediately proceeding the year of admission. Parents who have returned a Notification of Intention to Apply Form will be sent an approved Application Form at this time.

The Application Form will ask for :

  1. Full names of child

  2. Full Postal address of child

  3. Date of  birth of child

  4. Religious denomination of child

  5. Full names of parent/s

  6. Full postal address of parent/s

  7. Religious denomination of parent/s

  8. A declaration signed by parent/s of accuracy of the information and of acceptance of the ethos statement of the school.


The completed application form should be returned to the school principal before the closing date for receipt of applications of  October 31st . This is the date on which the Boards consideration of applications commences. Only such forms that have been completed in full will be considered by the Board of Management.


Completion of such forms does not guarantee a place in the school. Early completion of the form is not a factor in the allocation of places in the school.


All applicants for junior infants must have attained their fourth birthday by 1st September in the year of admission.


The Board of Management will, in the light of sections 6(e), 9(m) and 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, give consideration to the following factors:

  • The number of available spaces in the school, which in turn involves:

  1. The number of pupils expected to leave the school.

  2. The size of the smallest classroom in the school.

  3. The  effect of the intake on the division/pairing of classes.

  4. The deployment of teachers.

  5. The resources of the school

  • The religious denomination of the applicant`s child.

  • The place of residence of the applicant.

Siblings of pupils already at the school are not automatically entitled to a place.

Applications are generally entertained in the course of the school year subject to the factors mentioned above. Pupils, who wish to transfer from another school in the locality, are allocated places subject to the factors mentioned above.

In relation to residence the catchment area is defined by St. Michael`s Church of Ireland boundary.

A waiting list may be drawn up. Such a waiting list does not carry forward to subsequent years in the case of a child who is not allocated a place. The waiting list does not prejudice the entitlement of Church of Ireland and Protestant children.

The Principal and Chairperson of the Board of Management, on the advice of the Board, may decide to interview those on a waiting list in order to determine the priority of the applications on that list.

All applicants shall be informed, in writing, of the Board`s decision. A subsequent review of a decision by the Board may be requested, generally on the grounds only of additional information not previously submitted at the time of application.

Section 29 (1)(C) of the Education Act 1998 provides for procedures under which in some circumstances appeal may be made to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science.

St. Michael`s is a Church of Ireland school. In relational to religious denomination, therefore, the following are given priority in the following sequence:

  1. Church of Ireland parishioners of St. Michael`s Parish.

  2. Church of Ireland parishioners of neighbouring parishes where those parishes have no school of their own.

  3. Church of Ireland parishioners not included in 1 or 2 above.

  4. Children who are members of churches which are full ecumenical partners of the Church of Ireland ( member churches of the Irish Council of Churches, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or Conference of  European Churches, i.e. Belgian/French/Dutch Reformed Church, Congregational Federation, Lutheran Church, Methodist Church, Moravian Church, Non – Subscribing Presbyterian Church, Old Catholic Church, Orthodox Churches, Presbyterian Church, Religious Society of Friends, the Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church).

  5. Children of interchurch marriages of the Church of Ireland Parishes listed at 1 and 2 above.

  6. Children who are members of churches which are involved in the Irish Inter- Church Meeting i.e. Roman Catholic Church and children of other Christian denominations.

  7. Children of other faiths or none.

Admissions stage 3 – Decision  

  • Places will be allocated by the Board by the 3rd week of November and parents will be notified within 21 days of the closing date for applications ( October 31st).

  • When the Board makes its decision it will do so exclusively on the basis of the information before it, and in line with the admissions policy.

  • Unsuccessful applicants will be advised of their right of appeal by way of an appeals process.

Admissions stage 4 – Registration 

Applicant parent/s may be required to accept a place within a particular time frame.

Following written acceptance of an offered place the applicant parent/s will be requested to complete a Registration Form. The Form will seek information about :

  • Contact Numbers.

  • Health Information.

  • Information about special needs or learning difficulties.

  • Copies of any court orders relating to custody of a child or other such matters.


Forms/documents relative to this Admissions Policy

  • Notification of Intention to Apply Form. Download here (pdf format)

  • Application Form

  • Registration Form

  • Ethos Statement.

  • Code of Behaviour.


Ratified by Board of Management 


To request more information:

Contact the school

Mon-Fri 8.30am - 2.10pm

T:   (021) 435 8140

E:   stmichaelsblackrock@gmail.com

You can also request more information with this form:

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