I live in Sorrel Park (Clonsilla, Dublin 15), which is 3 mins walk from St Mochta's school. Went there for information to register my son, and was told I am not in their catchment area.
Searched all over the web for a kind of a map showing the schools and their catchment areas, but couldn't find even basics information (for instance, on the site of the school, what is their catchment area).
I know that close to my house there is:
- st mochta's
- castaheany educate together
- diswellstown (? is that the name? one opened recently, on the roundabout at the end of diswellstown, on the way to coolmine station)
It seems educate togethers take pre-enrollment years in advance (he's going to school only in 2012), but would be really interesting to know what is the "coverage" for each of the schools.
The catchments are down to the patron. For Catholic schools, that usually means the parish, although its more complicated when there are more than one school in a parish or no schools in a parish.
Educate Together will have their own boundaries.
You may need to check all the local schools.
Hi renatomartins. I have moved this thread to the Dublin 15 forum as you will get more answers here.
You should check with the schools. I think Sorrel is in the catchment area for St Philips school in Mountview.
You can put your child's name down for the ET schools as soon as they are born and you should as there tends to be a high demand for places. My son goes to Tyrrelstown ET school and there are 200 children on the waiting list for 2010.
Some of the schools have their catchment marked out on a local map, so ask for a copy whenever you're up at any school.
Op I feel your pain.
I live in Limelawn, which is the nearest school to St. Mochtas, and we are not entitled to send our kids there. It amazes me that the St.Mochtas catchment area extends to Castleknock on one side and down past Ongar in the other direction, taking in Mount Simon and Portersgate along the way.
From the railings of my estate to the front wall of St.mochtas is at most 50 feet.
We had a problem getting our son into St.Mochtas but we persisted over a period of 2 years and eventually we got him in.
Most of the parents in Limelawn send their children to St. Mochtas.
The person you have to get around is the School Secretary, as she controls the request for school entrants before the principle sees them, just keep going over again and again.
If you cant get your child in, send him to Laurel Lodge School, thats what some Limelawn residents did.
If St.Mochtas was reserved for local children we wouldn't have the traffic congestion outside Limelawn in the mornings and afternoons.
I believe that the parents that live near St.patricks in Carpenterstown have a similar problem getting their kids into that school.
The Parish boundaries for this whole area where written up over a hundred years ago and they should be updated.
Its terrible that local kids cant go to local schools.
I have to say I agree with you. We have cousins in England and two are teachers. There is a much better system. The school allocates places to a geographic area. No cherry picking by parents and trumped up teachers or secretaries. Its fairer in the end of the day.
Really, house prices have risen beside good schools because people want to move into the area.
I have neighbours on my road in these "good schools" and when asked how they where accepted they said " My Husband is a heart surgeon".
Why is there a section on the application form for the school that asks for the parents occupation?
Surely it doesn't matter what job the parents have, at least it shouldn't matter.
Not only where these kids accepted into a good school in the area but the were accepted into a school 2 miles away from their estate, and in a different parish.
Its the schools that are cherry picking..
I encourage you to pre-enrol for your nearest ET school. You don't have to accept a place if you are offered one.
The catchments should be radially with the school at the centre.
I won't make any more comments because the whole situation annoys me.
id like to know this too...
Thats true. It does happen. But house prices here were stupidly high for 15 years across the board. Now that they are all falling what relevance is that? Surely you would like to know that:
(a) once you live somewhere there is a list of designated schools for that area
(b) there's no nonsense with who may apply, no time wasted and no hard feelings
the dept of ed have fancy new gis mapping system, for schools/population/area etc, if you asked them about your house..?, they should map some of the info public, it would allow citizen to start up new schools quiker rather then the dept going to the church all the time., is there a parish map, best one i think maybe the irishtimes genealogy site
it was in reference to the English system where a good post code usually but not always had better schools, not the Irish situation
Its not really a parish boundary as St patricks and Mochtas are in the same parish no? The problem is they've made catchment area's with the school at one end not the middle. Daft really because it means theres loads of people beside a school they can't go to, but people a mile away can, and will thus drive to it.
Maybe its coincidence but all it really has achieved is to pull more of the more expensive areas into St.Patricks catchment. Otherwise they'd have to go elsewhere as there wouldn't be room. Perhaps that unfair, and the way they done it is more fair if you look at the bigger picture. We got a cancellation to get into our nearest school. Places in a few schools are held by parent as backups for other schools which are their first choice. So a few places free up last minute. Sometimes.
If you've lived in the area a good few years and its always been your parish, perhaps you've grown up in the area yourself. Its seems strange that you can lose your place to someone whos just moved into the catchment, lives further way, and might not even be of the same belief. What it also means is the kids on a road end up going to a whole variety of different schools which isn't ideal. They won't live near their school friends etc.
The problem really is the Govt complete failure to provide enough schools places of whatever belief (or none) as required.