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Important update - commencement of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018

Due to the commencement of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act, 2018, the last date which schools can accept applications for pre-enrolment to any class in the school is 31st January 2020 for admission to the 2021/2022 school year and subsequent school years. Current school admission policies and processes will remain in place for the 2020/2021 school year. 

All schools will publish their Admissions Policy on the school website in September and annual admissions processes will begin no earlier than October of the year previous to the school year the application is for, i.e. the annual admission process for September 2023 will open after 1st October 2022. You can find the Department's announcement on the commencing of the relevant sections of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 on the Department's website here.

Stepaside ETNS Admissions Policy 2021/2022

The new admissions policy can be accessed HERE. We are currently finalising our Annual Admissions Notice for 2021 intake groups and this will be uploaded to the website in the coming days.


We wish to emphasise to you that submitting this pre-enrolment form does not guarantee or imply that there will be a place for your child.

Starting from November each year, places are offered from the pre-enrolment list for the following September. Pre-enrolled siblings of current pupils receive offers first; remaining places are offered from the pre-enrolment list on a first come, first served basis.

Places are offered by email to the email address on the enrolment form unless parents have informed the school in writing of a change of email address prior to the offer being posted.

When places are offered, parents/guardians are asked to accept, reject or defer the place offered. Parents/Guardians must reply in writing to confirm an offered place within 4 days of the date of offer. If a hard copy, written response is not received by the school in the time limit given, the child’s name will be removed from the pre-enrolment list in order to offer the place to the next child on the list.

Entry to Junior Infants can be deferred for one year only. Where entry is deferred the child’s name is inserted into the pre-enrolment list. Deferred names are placed on the pre-enrolment list according to the original pre-enrolment date. This does not guarantee an offer of a place for Junior Infants the following year.

Offers of places will continue until the maximum permitted number is reached: in this regard, the Board will take account of relevant Department of Education guidelines in relation to class size and staffing schedules as well as relevant requirements concerning accommodation, including physical space, the educational welfare of all of the children, and their health, safety and general welfare.

When the classes are filled, the school will be in contact with the remaining people on the list.
It is the sole responsibility of the parents/guardians to inform the school promptly of any change of address, telephone number, email address or other relevant information.

Please note all children must be at least 4 years of age on or before the 31st August* in the year they are due to start school (e. g. children born on or before 31/08/2016 will be eligible to start school in September 2020)".

* Please note March 31st cut-off will apply from the 2023 pre-enrolment list.

ASD classes (Stepping Stones) for children with a diagnosis of Autism:

2020 enrolment is now closed. Both classes are full and no more children can be added to the waiting list. You are welcome to add your child's name to the expression of interest list for 2021 ASD (Stepping Stones) class by clicking on the link below. Please note that this is an expression of interest form only, this is not a pre-enrolment form. You will be contacted when enrolment opens in March 2021.

Expression of Interest list for 2021 ASD (Stepping Stones) classes

TO ADD YOUR CHILD'S NAME TO THE WAITING LIST FOR ANY MAINSTREAM CLASS (2020 ONLY) PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW.

Click here to pre-enrol for 2020 classes

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