Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Questions (261)

Shane Cassells


261. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which students from a school (details supplied) in County Meath who are due to enter second level education in September 2018 will be able to gain entry to second level schools in their area. [21012/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that the primary school referred to in the details provided is located in a school planning area in which there are two post-primary schools, a co-educational and all girls' school.

The primary school in question is not part of the post-primary school planning areas where the post primary schools referred to in the details supplied are located. My Department understands however that there is some post primary school capacity in the Navan area.

In relation to school admissions, 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. However, this may result in some pupils not obtaining a place in the school of their first choice.