Enrolment / Admissions Policy.

Donabate Community College is a post primary school which opened in August 2008 under the Patronage of County Dublin VEC. The college is co-educational and aspires towards excellence in a caring and supportive environment.


As Donabate Community College will be catering in the foreseeable future to an ever-increasing population growth within it’s catchment area, the Board of Management will review the Enrolment Policy on a yearly basis.


The Board of Management is committed to the successful implementation of recent legislation, in particular the Education Act (1998), the Education (Welfare) Act (2000) and the Equal Status Act (2000). The Board fully subscribes to the principles of partnership, accountability, transparency, inclusion and respect for diversity, parental choice and equality.




The College will operate within the regulations laid down by the Department of Education and Science and will follow the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department which may be amended from time to time in accordance with sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.


The College will support the principles of inclusiveness, equality of access and participation in the school. Pupils at Junior and Senior cycles will follow a core programme with a number of optional subjects. The College will offer Junior and Leaving Certificate Programmes as well as  a Transition Year Programme. As the demand arises the College may also offer the Junior Certificate Schools Programme and the Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programmes.



Proposed Criteria for Enrolment to Donabate Community College:

All applicants must have


  • Reached twelve years of age by January 1st of their first year in the College e.g. Jan 1st 2009 for pupils starting Sept 2008.


  • Completed the required primary school education programme or have followed an approved course elsewhere.


  • Ensured that a copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate (long form), two passport photographs and an administration fee of €20 accompanies all applications.



Applications will be considered as follows:


    1. Application forms will be circulated to all students in sixth class in September in the year prior to entry in the following schools:


Donabate/ Portrane Educate Together National School

St. Patrick’s Boys National School, Donabate

St. Patrick’s Girls National School, Donabate


    1. All students resident in Donabate and Portrane who attend the Old Borough National School, Swords or St. Andrew’s National School, Malahide


    1. Students who live in Donabate / Portrane not attending the schools listed above (at 1 &2) and who have completed primary education elsewhere.


All students from the above categories who apply to the Community College before the closing date on the application form will be accommodated up to a maximum number set by the Board of Management each year.


Subject to availability of places in any year the Board of Management will consider other applications. Decisions made in relation to enrolment will be governed by the Department of Education and Science provision re class size, staffing provisions and relevant requirements concerning accommodation and health and safety of students. The College is committed to the principle of equal access.


The order in which such other applicants will be offered places is as follows:


  1. Places will be offered to siblings of students currently attending the College.

  2. Places will be next offered to children of staff members.

  3. Places will be next offered to all other applicants whose forms were received on or before the closing date.

  4. Finally, places will be offered, subject to availability, to students who apply after the closing date who are resident in the catchment area.


Parents/ Guardians will be notified in writing of an offer of a place for their child within 21 working days of the closing date for receipt of applications. They will be asked to confirm in writing within 14 working days of the date of offer, their acceptance of the place offered.


New residents to the area.

People moving into the area mid year will be dealt with on an individual basis subject to availability of free places.


Transfer of students from other schools to Donabate Community College.

As a matter of policy the Board of Management is opposed to the transfer of students from other schools into the college. For exceptional circumstances parents may contact the Board of Management in writing to present their case.

  1. Entrance Assessment

Incoming first year students will be required to sit the College’s Entrance Assessment in the period end of January begining of February preceding their entry to the College. The purpose of this assessment is to:


  • Ensure students are placed in their first year classes in keeping with the College’s general mixed ability philosophy.


  • Identify students who may require learning support from the College.



Proof of Residence

Where residency in Donabate / Portrane is a criterion for entrance to the College, proof of residency in the area may be necessary.



Late Application

Applications following the closing date, as per the application form, will be placed on a waiting list and will be considered according to the agreed entrance criteria only after all other applications have been dealt with.