Enrolment Procedures

The Secondary School has a consistently high demand for places. Therefore it is advisable for parents to return an application form and an application form fee to us at the earliest opportunity.

The Secondary School has a Catholic ethos but also welcomes students of other denominations and faiths. The school also embraces diversity in the cultural background and in the academic and physical ability of our students.

There are no academic procedures in place to determine entry. The school is a medium sized one of over 450 pupils which allows for three class groups in each year. There are average class sizes in Junior Cycle years and smaller grouping in the main during Transition Year and Senior Cycle years. The catchment area for the Secondary school is a wide one, embracing the South Dublin and Wicklow areas.

The school enrolment policy of St. Joseph of Cluny Secondary School, Killiney will reflect at all times the educational philosophy and aims of the Trustees of the Order of St. Joseph of Cluny and on behalf of the Trustees, the Board of Management of the Secondary School. The enrolment policy will also, at all times, reflect the school’s mission and the ethos upon which the Secondary School has been founded. This includes respect for the individual, justice, fairness and co-operation with the wider community among other principles.

Application for entry to First Year and in subsequent years in the Secondary School must be in writing and signed by both parents or guardians (as the case may be). The enrolment policy is an all inclusive one where no student will be discriminated against in regard to their entry to the school on the grounds of religion, race, colour, socio-economic background or primary school origin

1. Siblings of students who are already in the Secondary School. The deadline for Applications from siblings will be the summer before Fifth class

2. Children of past pupils. The deadlines for Applications from past pupils will be the summer before Fifth Class.

3. Others

Waiting List

Following the priority offer of places admission will be on a first-come-first-served basis until the quota of students for the year is complete. All remaining students in the file will then constitute a Waiting List. The secondary school will endeavour where possible to accommodate all students on the Waiting List but cannot guarantee a place for all students in the file. Parents must be aware therefore that the acceptance of an Application Form does not in any way guarantee a place in the school although it does secure a position in the file for the year of application.

The Board of Management of the Secondary School will, in endorsing the school enrolment policy, pay due regard to Department of Education regulations on school enrolment, particularly those contained in the Education Act 1998, the Education Welfare Act 2002 and the Equal Status Act 2002. The Board will continue to endeavour where possible to make it practicable for students with disabilities or those who have special educational needs to be accommodated in the school. It will ensure that, “the principles of equality and the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parents’ choice are respected”. Education Act 1998 paragraph 6 ( c ) and (e).

The Board of Management welcomes pupils with Special Educational Needs. The Board believes that the inclusion of students with learning differences enhances the educational experience of all students and their presence in the school gives visible and practical witness to the Christian values of respect and tolerance. In all cases this desire to be welcoming is balanced by the ability of the school to provide an appropriate education within the resources available to it. To this end the school will need a copy of the prospective pupils’ medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available to request that the pupil be assessed immediately. The Principal will meet with the parents/guardians of the prospective pupil to discuss the student’s needs and the school suitability or capability in meeting those needs.

It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a particular pupil, pending the receipt of an assessment report and the provision of appropriate resources by the DES to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical report.