Applications and Admissions

Junior Infants August 2022 Entry

Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2022/23 Junior Infants

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants:

The school will commence accepting applications for admission on 1st October 2021
Click here for our online application form This will take you to an external website for school applications and you will need to input the school Roll Number 20259G to access the St Francis NS application form.

The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on 22nd October 2021 at 3.00pm

The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is 5th November 2021

The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is 19th November 2021




Junior Infants August 2022 Entry

In line with our new Admissions and Enrolment Policy, enrolment for Junior Infants 2022 will open on 1st October 2021 and close on 22nd October 2021.


Junior Infants August 2023 Entry and beyond

Enrolment for Junior Infants 2023 is anticipated to open in October 2022.

For subsequent years it is anticipated to open in the October preceding the entry date (i.e. Applications in October 2022 for entry in August 2023, applications in October 2023 for entry in August 2024, etc.)

During the October enrolment period, parents may complete an online application for a place for their child in the Junior Infant class commencing the following year.

If you would like to be informed of when applications open for your child, please complete the Expression of Interest form and we will send an email to the address you give us when registration open for your chosen year.

Even if you have previously completed an application form (our old Admissions and Enrolment Policy allowed parents to complete the application form at any time) we advise you to still contact the school to check we have your application on file.  

Places will be allocated in accordance with our Admissions & Enrolment Policy, with priority given to:

  • Siblings of children already attending St Francis and children of staff members.
  • Children who have reached their 4th birthday by 31st March of the year on entry.
  • Children living in the school catchment area.


For pupils seeking places in other classes

Spaces available, subject to Board of Management approval, for the current school year are as follows:

  • Junior Infants – FULL
  • Senior Infants – FULL
  • 1st Class – 2 places
  • 2nd Class – 5 places
  • 3rd Class – 10 places
  • 4th Class – 10 places
  • 5th Class – FULL
  • 6th Class – FULL
  • ASD Class – FULL

These figures are correct as of September 2021 but please contact the school office on for up to date information as the situation is constantly changing.

Application Procedure

For more information, please refer to our Admissions and Enrolment Policy .

If you are looking to put your child’s name down for a place in Junior Infants, please be advised that we no longer accept completed forms.  Parents may instead complete the online “Expression of Interest” at any time.  We will then contact you when we open the admissions for your child’s year.  This is usually in the October of the year preceding entry.

Priority is given to:

  1. Children with siblings already attending St Francis National School and children of staff members
  2. Children who have reached their 4th birthday by 30th March (of the year of entry)
  3. Children living in the Blackrock area

For more information and advice for parents of children starting in primary school read Making the transition from Early Education to Primary Education.

Do I have to pay to send my child to school?

In Ireland all children are entitled to free primary and post-primary education.  Like most primary schools, St Francis NS is funded by the state.

It is the legal responsibility of the parents/guardians to pay for their child’s uniform, books, materials, trips etc.  To facilitate this, we have a book purchase/rental scheme.

If however you have difficulty meeting these costs you may be entitled to a back to school grant. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme is open from 1 June to 30 September. Click here for further information.  Application forms are available online (pdf). You can also get an application form in all social welfare offices and Intreo centres, via SMS (text “Form BTSCFA” followed by your name and address to 51909) or you may email the Department at


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