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Junior Infants 2021

Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2021/22 Junior Infants

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



In line with our new Admissions & Enrolment Policy, enrolment for Junior Infants 2021 opens on 1st October 2020 and closes on 22nd October 2020.

Between these dates, parents may complete an Application Form for a place for their child in the Junior Infant class commencing August 2021.

Even if you have previously completed an application form (our previous 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.  We will also endeavor to contact all parents for whom we have an application form or an Expression of Interest.

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.

Places for the current school year

If you have just moved to the area and are currently seeking a place at St Francis NS for immediate entry, please be aware that we have very limited availability for places.

Spaces available, subject to Board of Management approval, for the 2020/2021 year are as follows:

  • Junior Infants – FULL
  • Senior Infants –  FULL
  • 1st Class – 4 places
  • 2nd Class – 8 places
  • 3rd Class – FULL
  • 4th Class – FULL
  • 5th Class – FULL
  • 6th Class – FULL

Information updated: 22/09/2020

Please contact the school office for up to date information on admin@stfrancisns.ie 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 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 BSCFA@welfare.ie.


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