Admission Policy





Admission Policy. St. Joseph’s Patrician College. Galway.

Admission policy of St. Joseph’s College, Nuns’ Island, Galway, as ratified by the

Board of Management in September 2010. Ammended June 2014.

St. Joseph’s College, Nuns’ Island, Galway is a secondary school for male students only.

The Trustees and the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s Patrician College acknowledge the principles of equality and rights of parents as outlined in the Education Act 1998.  As a voluntary Catholic secondary school for boys only, St. Joseph’s Patrician College agrees with the submission made by the Conference of Religious Superiors of Ireland to the Department of Education, in which they pointed to the desirability of all schools catering for and welcoming students from the full range of backgrounds as defined in Circular M51/93 and consequently enshrined in the Education Act 1998.

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any student who in

the opinion of the Board of Management poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff, or to school property. The Board of Management further reserves the right to refuse entrance to any applicant who does not agree to follow the school Code of Responsibility and Behaviour.

New entrants to the school will only be allowed into First Year or Fifth Year (Leaving Cert. Year1).

The Board of Management at its discretion may consider applications which are exceptions to this rule.

Application forms for entry to the school may be collected from the school office. 


1.0              Application Procedure. 

1.1       Completed Application Forms for entry into First Year must be returned to the Principal, St. Joseph’s Patrician College, by the due date, as set by the Board of Management.

            Notice of this date will be published in local newspapers and in school.

1.2       Each applicant may be required to produce a satisfactory recommendation from his previous school.

1.3.      Students transferring from another Secondary School will be required to provide details of their Academic Performance, Attendance Record and Record of Behaviour from the Principal or                    Deputy  Principal of that school.

1.4       All applicants are required to acknowledge their acceptance of the right of St. Joseph’s Patrician College to provide an education and engage in activities that reflect the Catholic and Patrician ethos of the school.

 1.5       Students who have been offered a place in First Year may be required to attend an   Induction evening in the school accompanied by Parent(s) / Guardian(s).



2.0       Selection Procedure for entry into First Year:

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available then places will be   allocated according to the following criteria hereunder listed in order of priority:

2.1        (1) Brothers of past or present students

             (2) Sons of members of the school staff.

             (3)  Students transferring from sixth class in St. Patrick’s National School,  Lombard St., Galway.

             (4) a. Sons, grandsons or nephews of former students who completed either Junior(Intermediate) or Leaving Certificate Programmes in the school.   

                   b.  Grandsons or nephews of teaching staff (Presently employed or retired).                                                                                              

             (5) Students transferring from sixth class in Primary Schools within a 25 km. radius of the school.

              If any one of the above results in the total number of available places being exceeded,      

              then the remaining places will be allocated to people in that category by lottery.

              Remaining places will be allocated by lottery.

              Lotteries where necessary will be conducted under the direction of the Board of Management. 


2.2 Misleading or inaccurate information may result in the disqualification of the applicant.

2.3       Applicants may be invited to sit tests in Mathematics and English. The results will be used for internal purposes only. Allocation of places will not be based on the results of these tests, but will be in accordance with the criteria outlined in 2.1 above. 

2.4       The Board of Management reserves the right to decide the number of places allocated in any one year based on the available resources.

2.5       The admission of a student from another Secondary School will also be subject to the following additional criteria: -

            -           that the school has not already exceeded its student capacity,

-           -           the availability of a place in fifth year only,

            -           the availability of a suitable curriculum for the student concerned,

            -           a suitable reference from previous school as detailed above.


St. Joseph’s College welcomes students with special needs and will use the resources, both financial and personnel, provided by the Department of Education and Skills to make reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities or special educational needs so that these students are free to participate in the life of the school in so far as is reasonably practicable.

While recognising and fully supporting parents’ rights to have a school of their choice for their children, the College’s ability to accept students with particular needs is dependent on the supply of resources, suitable to the needs of the individual student, being supplied by the Department of Education and Skills.

The College welcomes applications from students with special educational needs unless the nature and degree of those needs is such that to enrol the student concerned would be inconsistent with both the best interests of the student concerned and the effective provision of education for the other students with whom the student concerned is to be educated.

The Board of Management must be made aware of any special needs at the point of application, so that these needs can be assessed and addressed where possible.

Parents are requested to outline the details of a child’s special educational needs on the Application Form.

The Board of Management, having gathered all relevant information and professional documentation, assesses how the needs of these students can be met.

Contact will be made with the National Council for Special Educational Needs regarding special needs resources to which the student may be entitled.

The Principal may request a meeting with the parents of the student to discuss the application and the student’s needs.

The parents of the student may request a meeting with the Principal to discuss the student’s educational or other needs.

N.B.    It may take some time for the Department of Education and Skills to process such applications.  Parents are strongly advised to inform the College as early as possible and discuss their particular situation well in advance of making application.

As soon as is practicable, but not later than 21 days, after a parent/guardian has provided all the relevant information, the Board of Management shall make a decision in respect of the application concerned and inform the parents/guardians in writing thereof.  (Education Welfare Act (Section 19(3)).

In circumstances where a student fails in his application to be enrolled in the school a right of appeal exists to the Board of Management, by writing to the Secretary to the Board, and subsequently, to the Secretary General of the Department of Education, pursuant to section 29 of the Education Act, 1998.



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