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

Date: Feb 6, 2020

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