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
'The Lasallian School of today must ensure a good academic
level, good discipline, good atmosphere for life and work and a
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
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
- 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
The financial and teaching resources and the school support
services are provided by a combination of:
- Department of Education and Science grants and teacher
- 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
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
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
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:
- Brothers of existing students
- Relations (sons or brothers) of past-pupils or members of staff
of the College
- 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
- 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.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS
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 TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL
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
- Consultation with the Educational Welfare Officer, if
- 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
- 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
RIGHT OF REFUSAL
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
- 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.
- In the opinion of the Board of Management the student poses an
unacceptable risk to other students, to the school staff or to
RIGHT OF APPEAL
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.