Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (276)

Louise O'Reilly


276. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a lengthy waiting list for secondary school places in a school (details supplied); his plans to make additional places available for the 2020-21 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45405/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

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. The Deputy will note however that the selection process procedures and enrolment policy are the responsibility of the individual school authorities.

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of an application for additional accommodation from the school in question. I wish to advise that additional information has been sought from the patron of the school. As soon as this information is received the assessment process will be progressed.