IMPORTANT NOTICE Commencement of sections of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018

The Minister for Education and Skills wishes to bring to the attention of school authorities the commencement of a number of sections of the above act which will require changes to school admission policies and processes. The new arrangements will apply to school admissions for
the 2021/22 school year and subsequent years.

The new arrangements do not apply for admission to the 2020/21 school year.

The Key Dates are as follows:

  • 1 February 2020 – Schools have 3 months from this date to draft their admission policy
  • 30 April 2020 – The draft admission policy must be submitted to the patron for approval
    by this date
  • 15 September 2020 – The date by which the admission policy must be fully approved
    and returned to the board by the patron
  • 1 October 2020 – The first day that schools can start accepting applications for the
    intake group for the 2021/22 school year


  • The Key Documents are:
     School Admission Policy
     Annual Admission Notice
     Application Form for admission to school

For Circular 07/2020, please click here

For FAQ documents, please click here

For DES template admissions policy, please click here

For DES template admissions notice, please click here