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 (Admission to School) Act 2018.  The Board of Management trusts that by doing so parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Tom O’ Reilly and the Principal, Niamh Murray, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

School Name:          Rutland National School

Address:                    Lower Gloucester Place, Dublin 1

Tel:                             01- 8747331


The school staff consists of 17 teachers, including the Principal. There are 8 class teachers, 7 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.

Classes start at 8.45a.m. and finish at 2.25p.m.  Infant classes finish at 1.25p.m.

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

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

Application procedure

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, Edel McDonnell. Parents will be asked to complete an Application for Enrolment Form. 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
  • Whether the child has a sibling already attending Rutland N.S.

–     Contact telephone numbers of parents

  • Preschool (or previous schools attended, if applicable)

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

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

Enrolment Process


  1. Parents whose applications are successful will be contacted by the school.
  2. An enrolment form will be posted to parents, which requires detailed information about any medical issues, special educational needs, etc., their child may have.
  3. Following acceptance and confirmation of a place in Rutland National School, parents will be invited to meet with the school principal individually to sign their child’s enrolment form. This is a great opportunity for parents to discuss with the principal any concerns they may have about their child.
  4. Parents will be given a copy of the school Code of Behaviour in advance of this enrolment meeting.
  5. Parents must provide a copy of their child’s birth certificate & PPS number
  6. Parents will be asked to pay book rental for the school year and order a school tracksuit.
  7. At the end of May/beginning of June, parents will be invited to a Junior Infant Open Day where they will meet the class teacher, visit the classroom and have a tour of the school.


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 Rutland National School
  2. Children with brothers and sisters or parents who are past pupils of the school
  3. Children living in the parish* who have attended preferably two years in Holy Child Preschool and children living in the parish who have attended only one year in Holy Child Preschool but will be five years of age on or before 31st January of junior infants. *see list of streets in Appendix
  4. Children living within the parish
  5. Children of staff members
  6. Children resident outside the parish

Please note: 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. If there are places available in the given class, parents will be asked to complete an enrolment form. If there are no places available for the class, parents may be added to a waiting list.

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. on 22nd November 2018.


In line with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, the only information we collect is information needed in order to process a child’s enrolment application. Unsuccessful enrolment applications will be kept until September (in case of late cancellations) when they will be shredded.



*The parish (or catchment area) refers to streets which fall within the boundary of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. The following is a list of street names within the catchment area

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 Mill house, 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