Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille’s Admissions Policy 

A copy of Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille’s Admissions Policy is available here: Polasaí Iontrála Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille 2020

Applications for Admissions for the 2021/2022 School Year

The school will commence accepting applications for admission for the 2021/2022 school year on 01/10/2020

The school shall cease accepting applications for admission for the 2021/2022 school year 06/11/2020

The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is 27/11/2020

The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of the offer of admission is 27/11/2020 to 11/12/2020

The Annual Admission Notice in respect of admissions to the 2021/2022 school year can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Fógra Maidir le Ligean Isteach 2021-2022

Application Form for the 2021/2022 School Year

Everyone interested in attaining a place for their child in junior infants in the 2021/2022 school year must now complete an Application Form for Admission for the 2021/2022 School Year, those who had previously completed a pre-enrolment form prior to 01/02/2020 and those who had not done so but wish to apply for a place in the school.

When processing the applications, priority will be given to those applicants who registered prior to 01/02/2020 over those who register from 01/10/2020

Click on the following link to download an Application Form for the 2021/2022 School Year: Foirm Iarratais don Scoilbhliain 2021-2022

Complete the application form in full and return the completed form to the school by 06/11/2020 at the following e-mail address: gaelscoil@taobhnacoille.ie

 (When saving the completed form please include your child’s name in the title ie ‘Foirm Iarratais 2021/2022 child’s name‘)

Application Form

Revised Admissions Policy

All schools are legally obliged to implement a new admissions policy from the 01/02/2020 in line with the Education Act and Department of Education & Skills guidelines.

Our school’s Admissions Policy has been revised by the Board of Management in accordance to the guidelines outlined in the Education (Admissions to School Act) 2018.

This review commenced on 1 February 2020 and the enrolment policy that was in place at that time came to an end (Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille Enrolment Policy 2017).

The revised Admissions Policy can be read in full by clicking on the link below.

Link: Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, Admissions Policy (September 2020): Polasaí Iontrála Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille 2020

Admission Requirement for Junior Infants

Applicants for junior infants must be at least 4 years of age before the 1st September for the year for which they are applying.

The maximum number of places available in junior infants is 60 in any one school year (2 streams)

Applications for admission to the school will now only be accepted during a specific period in the Autumn prior to the year the applicant wishes to start in the school – no earlier than 01 October.

Pre-enrolment forms will no longer be accepted as was the practice here to fore and the date on which the application was made will not be taken into consideration as a criteria for the allocation of school places.


In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply a selection criteria to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice.

1. Brothers, sisters, half-siblings, foster sibling or adopted sibling of current pupils.

2. Children who have attained a determined level of fluency in Irish indicative of what would be expected of a student who uses the Irish language as a normal means of communication in a non-educational environment, which would likely decline if he / she is not admitted to an all-Irish school. *

3. Children who have a brother, sister, half sibling, foster or adopted sibling who have previously attended the school.

4. According to age; the oldest child first.

* The onus will be on parents / guardians to provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate to the board the required level of fluency in Irish. See further information in the relevant document available from the school.

 Applications received before 01/02/2020

Applications received before 01/02/2020 for the years 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 will be dealt with under the Enrolment Policy in force at the time. When the application forms are being processed first preference will be given in the following order:

1. a child who is brought up through Irish. The Board of Management’s definition of ‘a child who is brought up through Irish’ is a child with whom at least one parent/guardian speaks only Irish to the child (see explanatory note below).

2. a brother or sister of an existing pupil

3. a brother or sister of a past pupil, who completed their schooling at the end of 6th class.

4. the child of a teacher working in the school

5. a child of a past pupil of Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille

6. the order, by date, in which children were registered

7. date of birth

A copy of Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille’s 2017 Enrolment Policy is available here: Polasaí Cláraithe Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille 2017