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De La Salle College Admission Policy



De La Salle College Churchtown is a Catholic, voluntary, post primary school for boys founded by the De La Salle Brothers and now under the trusteeship of the Le Chéile Trust. In keeping with the religious and educational philosophy of the founding Congregation,

'The Lasallian School of today must ensure a good academic level, good discipline, good atmosphere for life and work and a good reputation.'

The College seeks to foster the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, cultural and physical education of all its pupils in a safe, secure and caring environment and in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

De La Salle College is proud to welcome all students, and seeks to provide a quality educational service for all of the students to the best of its ability. All school policies, practices and the general atmosphere of the school, allied to the excellent relations among the students, and between the students and the teachers and staff, combine to encourage the participation, integration and attainment of all the students.

The College motto 'Recta Sapere' means 'Correct Judgement' which we interpret as 'the wisdom to know what is right and the courage to do it'.



In formulating this policy the Board of Management of De La Salle College Churchtown, within the parameters of the financial and resource support available via the Department of Education and Science, has due regard to the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and the Education Welfare Act 2000. It recognises and supports the important role played by the religious and educational philosophy of the De La Salle Brothers and the Le Chéile Trust, trustees of our school, in the form and substance of its daily life.

The Board of Management, within this context, supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness, particularly in relation to the enrolment of pupils who are disadvantaged or with special needs, subject to the terms of the Equal Status Act 2000, Section 4.
  • Parental choice as enshrined in Article 42 of the Constitution and the Education Act 1998, Section 6(e), while at the same time having due regard for the characteristic spirit of the school. A parent who objects to the content and participative requirements of their son's Religious Education classes should indicate this in writing to the school authorities. Any such students will remain in the class under the supervision of the teacher.
  • Equality of access and participation in the school.
  • Respect for the traditions, values, languages and ways of life in society.



The financial and teaching resources and the school support services are provided by a combination of:

  • Department of Education and Science grants and teacher allocations
  • voluntary contributions by parents and guardians
  • local fundraising

The implementation of the school plans and policies must have due regard to:

  • The funding and resources available
  • The curricular provisions prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.

The Board of Management reserves the right, in consultation with the patrons, to alter the services offered by the school in line with available resources.



De La Salle College Churchtown is a voluntary Catholic Secondary School founded by the De La Salle Brothers and now under the Trusteeship of the Le Chéile Trust.

It is a boys-only, single-sex school, grant-aided by the Department of Education and Science.

De La Salle College follows the curricular programmes for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate set down by the Department of Education and Science. The College offers a Transition Year programme for 4th Year students. This programme is drawn up by the school with a view to fulfilling its commitment to providing a rounded, well balanced education for all the students as well as preparing them to derive maximum benefit from the Leaving Certificate programme that follows.

Supervised Study is available after school in the College. Study is supervised by a teacher and there is a charge per student.

Study and Homework are crucial parts of school life. The help and cooperation of parents is sought to ensure that students develop the self discipline to meet these demands.

Students are encouraged to participate fully in a wide variety of sports and activities organised by the College.




The school will admit the number of boys determined by the Board of Management as feasible. For 2013-2014, and until amended, the number is 72 students.

Students must be at least 12 years of age on the 1st January in the calendar year following the boy's entry into First Year. A full birth certificate must accompany the application form.

All applications must be also accompanied by a utilities bill (ESB, Gas, etc) for the place of residence of the pupil.

The closing date for all applications is the 31st October of the year preceding the year of entry (ie for entry in September 2014, the closing date is 31st October 2013).

Application Forms are available from the school office and all applications received before the closing date will receive equal treatment as prescribed below.

Each year the College holds an Open Day for interested parents and students. Parents are encouraged to avail of this opportunity see the facilities and speak to the teachers and management.

Completed Application Forms, accompanied by the applicant's birth certificate should be returned to the school, on or before the closing date.

Any applications received on or after 1st November will not be considered for a place until all eligible entries have been allocated.

Late applications will be recorded according to the date of receipt in the school, and will be placed on a waiting list.



Incoming First Year students will sit an Entrance Assessment. This assessment is set and corrected by the College. There is a charge of €100 for the assessment. This assessment is not used to exclude students, but to ensure that each student is placed into the class best suited to his ability. The relevant primary school teachers may also be consulted as part of this process.

As far as is practicable, incoming First Years are enrolled provided that there is space available. In the event that the number of valid applicants exceeds the number of places, priority shall be given in the following order:

  1. Brothers of existing students
  2. Relations (sons or brothers) of past-pupils or members of staff of the College
  3. Boys from our feeder schools, in no particular order: St Attracta's NS, The Good Shepherd NS, Divine Word NS, St Mary's Rathfarnham BNS, Our Lady's NS Ballinteer, St Clare's NS Harold's Cross, St Joseph's BNS Terenure, St Louis NS Rathmines, Our Lady's Clonskeagh PNS
  4. Boys from other schools.

Proximity of home to school (determined by straight line measurement on a street map) will be used if all students in any category above cannot be enrolled.

5.  Boys on the waiting list (applications received after 1st November in the relevant year) in order of receipt of entry.



Parents/guardians will be notified of a place for their son by post and will be given a deadline to accept the offer. An Acceptance Form, together with a deposit of €100 will be required to confirm the enrolment. This deposit will be deducted from his voluntary contribution when he becomes a registered student of the College. However, should he, having accepted the offer, eventually fail to take the place, the deposit will be forfeited. Acceptance Forms must be returned on time -  failure to do so will result in the offer of the place expiring and the place will then be offered to another student.



In accordance with the Mission Statement De La Salle College Churchtown is proud to welcome all students, including students with disabilities and special educational needs. The College will use the financial and personnel resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to make provision for students with special education needs. While fully supportive of parents' rights to have the school of their choice for their sons, the school's ability to cater for a student with particular needs is dependent on the level of resources made available by the Department of Education and Science.

Following the formal offer of a place the College requests that all relevant reports and information relating to educational needs be given to the school. This is to ensure that the College can adequately prepare for the child's needs, if possible. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide any medical, psychological or behavioural reports and information about Special Needs Assistants, Teaching and Learning Resources and Irish Exemptions. Parental involvement and cooperation is considered essential to the development of sound programmes for these pupils.



Students may transfer into De La Salle College Churchtown only in exceptional circumstances, subject to:

  • Space being available in the year or class groups in question, and the curricular provisions being suitable for the applicant
  • Satisfactory provision of all relevant information by the former school and the parent/guardian of the boy
  • The transfer is in the best interests of the boy and De La Salle College
  • Consultation with the Educational Welfare Officer, if appropriate
  • Signed acceptance by the applicant and his parents/guardian of the school's Code of Behaviour, ethos and policies
  • All decisions in relation to transfers are taken by the Board of Management
  • The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application in certain circumstances which include the situation where the student has an established prior record of poor behaviour.



The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for admission where such refusal is in accordance with the policy of the school, subject to the provisions of the Education Welfare Act, Section 19(1).

Even where a place is available, the Board of Management reserves the right to refuse to enrol a student in exceptional circumstances. Such exceptional circumstances could include the following:

  1. The student has special needs such that, even with the additional resources available from the Department of Education and Science, the College cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education.
  2. In the opinion of the Board of Management the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to the school staff or to school property.



The Board of Management wishes to advise parents/guardians that, in the event of a pupil being refused entry to De La Salle College Churchtown, an appeal can be made under Section 29 (d) of the Education Act 1998.

On appeal parents/guardians are informed in writing of the Board of Management's decision and the reason(s) why the student was not accepted. The right to appeal should be restated. Any appeal must be made within 42 calendar days from the date the decision of the Board of Management was notified to the parents/guardians.



This policy is operative for the 2013-2014 academic year, and for 1st Year intake in 2014. It will be reviewed by the Board of Management for next year to take account of changing legislation and/or circumstances.