Changes to our Admissions Policy March 2020

Following from recent commencements of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018, our School Admissions Policy is currently under review. The act aims to provide greater transparency, equity and consistency in school enrolment generally and will involve consulting with our patrons, parents, staff and students.

Our new Admissions Policy will be published in September 2020.

Questions and Answers

I have applied for Stratford College and was told that I was on a waiting list?

Long term waiting lists will no longer be allowed. However, the new legislation allows us to “honour commitments we have already made to parents” by giving us a five- year period to allow our current waiting lists to expire i.e. year of entry 2026.

Oversubscribed schools may, however, keep waiting lists for the year prior to admission to give parents a sense of how many other children are ahead of their child in the queue for places.

What rules will apply about accepting a school place?

The new legislation obliges schools to set out the manner and sequence in which selection criteria will be applied in the case of oversubscription.

Schools must also set out requirements for schools to make offers and for applicants to accept offers and arrangements where offers may be withdrawn.

The new legislation will prohibit interviews, consideration of a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude, consideration of a parent’s occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude as a consideration for the offer of a place.


  • Ethos

Voluntary Secondary Schools (i.e. Faith based schools - Stratford College) may continue to discriminate in favour of children of their own faith if they are oversubscribed to protect the ethos of the school.

By enrolling in the school, parents/guardians and their child commit themselves to actively supporting and respecting the ethos of the School.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and their child also commit themselves to accepting and supporting the School Code of Behaviour and School Regulations as will be constituted from time to time.

  • Past pupils

Under new rules which come into force for admissions for the 2021/2022 school year, no more than 25 per cent of school places may be set aside for children or grandchildren of past pupils.

  • Will I need to pay a fee as part of admissions?

Fee-charging schools may charge a deposit to secure a place.

  • I have a child who has special educational needs. Do I need to tell the school about their needs when applying?

Schools will not be permitted to ask about a child’s academic ability or aptitude. Some parents, however, may wish to bring this up in any case to ensure they are satisfied the school has the experience of assisting children with special needs.

  • Religion

Under separate legislation, all children are entitled to opt out of religion (or, in fact, anything that is contrary to the conscience of a parent). This still applies. The only change it that schools will be obliged to provide details of arrangements in place for children who opt out of religious instruction. Many schools distinguish between "religious education" - which they define as learning about religion, and "instruction", such as faith formation in a specific religion.

I have been offered a place in Stratford College for our son/daughter for First Year 2021 or 2022 – what happens to these places?

If you have already applied and accepted a place for 2021 or 2022 (before 1st February 2020) you do not need to take any action until you receive notification from us in November 2020 or 2021 (prior to entry).

NEW Applications for First Year 2021

The school will not start accepting new applications for places at the start of first year 2021 until 1st October 2020.


The school shall cease accepting applications for places at the start of first year 2020 on Friday 23rd October 2020.


Applicants will be notified of the decision on their application on or before Friday 13th November 2020.

Applicants must confirm acceptance of the offer of admission in respect of an application for admission on or before Friday 4rd December 2020.


NEW Applications for First Year 2022

The school will not start accepting new applications for places at the start of first year 2021 until 1st October 2021.


The school shall cease accepting applications for places at the start of first year 2020 on Friday 22 October 2021.


Applicants will be notified of the decision on their application on or before Friday 23rd November 2021.

Applicants must confirm acceptance of the offer of admission in respect of an application for admission on or before Friday 3rd December 2021.


Applications sent in before 1st February 2020 for years other than those above



You may wish to register your interest in a particular year and there will be a form available for this shortly.

In the meantime, all applications received for years other than the above received prior to 1st February 2020 will be taken as being an expression of interest only and parents/guardians will be invited to apply again using the new procedures at the appropriate time. If you submitted an application prior to 1st February 2020 you do not need to take any action until you are contacted by the school. However, please note that ALL applications will be processed according to the procedures detailed in the Admissions Policy that is in effect for the proposed year of entry and which supersedes all pre-existing admissions policies.

Applications for entering a year other than First Year.

If you wish to make an application for a student entering a year other than first year, please admin@stratfordcollege.ie to request an application form.