General Information

 The Board of Management of Rutland National School is setting out its Enrolment/Admission Policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998.  The Board of Management trusts that by doing so parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and that furthermore, the Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Tom O’ Brien and the Principal Ms. Niamh Murray, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

 School Name:              Rutland National School

School  Address:         Lower Gloucester Place, Dublin 1

Tel:                              01- 8747331/01-8550391

Fax:                             01-8550391


 The school staff consists of 16 teachers, including the Principal. There are 8 class teachers, 6 resource teachers and a Home School Community Liaison co – ordinator.

 Rutland NS is a vertical school which caters for girls & boys from Junior Infants to 6th class. The school is designated disadvantaged under DEIS band 1.

 Rutland NS has a Catholic ethos and is under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. 

 Class starts at 8.45a.m. and finishes at 2.25p.m.   Infant classes finish at 1.25p.m.

 Application procedure

Under Department of Education regulations, the rights of the Patron, as set out in the Education Act and given the availability of resources, the school supports the principles of;

  • Inclusivity, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need
  • Equality of access and participation in the school
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment
  • Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, language and ways of life in society

 Enquiring about enrolment

Parents are requested to make enrolments for Junior Infants no earlier than two years in advance.

 Prospective parental enquiries will be dealt with by the school secretary, the Principal or Deputy Principal.  Initially parents will be invited to complete an Enquiry Form in advance of actual enrolment.

These are stored in the school office until enrolments are processed, usually late January/early February of the year of the requested enrolment.

 Enquiry forms (see attached) are available from the School Secretary Edel McDonnell or if she is unavailable, from the secretary of the Holy Child Preschool. Certain information will be required on these application forms including the following:

  • Pupil’s name, age and address
  • Names and address of pupil’s parents or guardians

–     Contact telephone numbers of parents

  • Additional contact telephone numbers
  • Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of;
  • Religion;
  • Previous schools attended, if any, and reasons for transfer, if applicable.

 Enrolment forms will contain more detailed information (see attached).

 Enrolling your child

  • Parents whose applications are successful will be contacted by the school.
  • An enrolment form will be posted to parents, which requires detailed information about any medical complaints, special educational needs, etc., their child may have. Parents must provide a copy of their child’s birth certificate at this stage.
  • Parents will also be given a copy of the school Code of Behaviour to read in advance of the enrolment meeting.
  • Parents will be invited to meet with the school principal to sign their enrolment form, and discuss any items of note which may have arisen in it.
  • Parents will be asked to pay the school secretary book rental for the school year.
  • At the end of May/beginning of June, parents will be invited to Junior Infant Open Day


Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy. Children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available. In the event that applications for enrolment exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be used

  1. Children with brothers and sisters currently enrolled  in the school or who were former pupils and children of parents who are past pupils of Rutland National School
  2. Catholic Children living in the parish who have attended preferably two years in Holy Child Pre School.
  3. Children from the parish who have attended preferably two years at Holy Child Pre-school.
  4. Catholic children living within the parish *see attached list of streets
  5. Children who are not Catholic and are residents within the parish boundaries are entitled to a place in the school if there are vacancies in the school after the groups from (1) to (4)have been allocated places.
  6. Children of staff members.
  7. Children who are not Catholic and are not residents within the parish boundaries are entitled to a place in the school if there are vacancies in the school after groups 1 to 6 have been allocated.

 If there are a number of pupils who meet exactly the same criteria gender may be a selection criteria to ensure a gender balance in the class.

The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education & Skills Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendances do not apply until the age of 6 years. All children must be at least 4 years of age by 1st of September on the year of enrolment. In the event of an over subscription of applicants, children may be selected on a sliding scale of age i.e. children may need to be 4 years old by a certain month in the year.

 Pupils Transferring

Pupils may apply to transfer to Rutland National School at any time subject to available space and, in some cases, the approval of the Board of Management. All decisions regarding enrolment are made with the best interests of all the children as their guiding principle. It is a requirement that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress be communicated between schools.

Code of Behaviour

It is imperative that prospective parents are in agreement with the school Code of Behaviour prior to enrolling their child. The Code of Behaviour is a fundamental school policy, which all children in the school and school management must comply with. The Code of Behaviour is available to view online and parents will be furnished with a copy prior to enrolment.

Enrolment refusal

 The Board of Management of Rutland NS reserves the right to refuse enrolment in exceptional circumstances. In such an event, the child’s parents are entitled to appeal this decision under Section 29 of the Education Act.

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management of Rutland N.S. in February 2017.


APPENDIX: A list of Street names within the boundary of Our Lady of Lourdes parish :

Amiens Street (part of)

Arkle House

Bailey’s Row

Beaver Street

Bella street

Buckingham Street Upper

Champions Avenue

Empress Street

Foley Street: The Kiln, Steelworks Millhouse, The Atrium, Montgomery Court.

Frankfurt Cottages

Gardiner Street, Middle 21-27 and Lower (part of: Belmont and Gardiner Hall

Gloucester Place

Healy Street

James Joyce Street:- Tyrone House, Montgomery House, Fitzharris House.

Killarney court

Killarney Street, Deerpark

Langhrise Place: Langhrise Place Gardens

Liberty House

Lourdes House

Mabbot Lane

Matt Talbot Court

Mountjoy square, No.s 3, 4-19, 33-52

North Circular Road: 594-584, 578- 560

North Great Charles Street

Pig Lane

Portland Close

Portland Row, No’s 9-22

Railway Street: Gloucester Square

Rutland Place North

Rutland Street

Sean McDermott Street Lower

Sean O’ Casey Avenue

Simmons Place

St. Mary’s Mansions

Summer Street North

Summerhill Place


Talbot Street (part of)

Thompson Cottages