Adamstown Castle, Esker, Griffeen and Lucan East Educate Together Schools are involved in the Lucan Common Enrolment System. When a parent/guardian makes an application to one of the schools they are applying to a centralised system. Children are assigned to one of the four schools based on specific criteria. The primary aim of the system is to promote inclusive local schools, to improve traffic management and mobility in Lucan and to encourage strong, integrated local communities.
How do I put my child’s name down for the Lucan Common Enrolment system? Fill out the pre-enrolment form, available from the schools’ offices and websites. When you are pre-enrolling your child, which you may do in any of the participating schools’ offices, you need to bring the following documents.
Completed application form
Child’s birth certificate
Proof of address: TWO current utility bills dated within two months of the application.
Completed application forms, accompanied with child’s birth certificate and proof of address documents, will be accepted in the schools’ offices on Wednesday mornings between 10.00 am and 1:00 pm. A signed photocopy of your application will be given to you by the secretary as proof of your application. Important points to note:
Application forms for Junior Infants will only be available in each school from 1st October of the year prior to the year of entry.
Junior Infant children must be at least 4 years old on 1st September of enrolment year.
Applications will be accepted into the office of any of the four Educate Together schools involved in the Lucan Common Enrolment System (LCES). Only one application is required.
Applications must be received in one of the four schools on/before 1st December in order to be considered for the first round of offers.
The first round of offers takes place in December of the year of entry.
Any applications received after the first round of offers have been made will be added to the names on LCES Database. Second and subsequent rounds of offers will take place until all places are filled.
Please make sure that your application is received by the school secretary who will give you a signed copy of your application as a receipt.
The first-come-first-served is no longer the enrolment policy for any of our four schools.
Please note that Lucan Educate Together National School in Bewley Way, has a separate enrolment policy and if you wish to apply to that school, you need to make a separate application there. Due to the close proximity of Lucan East ETNS and Griffeen Valley ETNS one GPS reference point (being the centre point of the round about between the two schools) is used to allocate places randomly between these two schools.
How does it work? Parents who choose an Educate Together education for their children will apply to a central system, the Lucan Common Enrolment System, which will be run by a committee of representatives from the Boards of Management of each of the four schools. Parents will apply by filling out a common pre-enrolment form and bringing it to any one of the four schools. All names received will be placed on the LCES database, run by an independent company, Aladdin. Children on the list will be offered a place in order of age (oldest first), until all available places in the four schools are filled. Once a child has secured a place, the LCES will determine the school to which the child will be assigned. The placement of children in individual schools will be based on the agreed criteria of siblings and proximity between home and school. The Common enrolment system promotes three central principles which we believe are in the best interests of schools, families and local communities.
Age: The system prioritises children according to their age, with six year olds given priority followed by five year olds.
Family: Siblings will be prioritised so that it will be more likely that children from the same family will be educated together in one school.
Proximity to school: Under the LCES, children will be more likely to be assigned to their local participating Educate Together school. We believe that this will contribute to the development of sustainable, integrated local communities, where children can walk to school with their friends and neighbours, thereby contributing to the easing of traffic gridlock in the Lucan area.
Where Can I Find More Information? The document below details the full policy and provides all the details you need for enrolling your child under the common enrolment system admissions policy for Adamstown Castle, Esker, Griffeen Valley and Lucan East Educate Together National Schools.
All forms that are listed below should be printed and returned to the school secretary, in person on Wednesday's between 10am and 1pm, along with your child's birth cert and two forms of proof of address (utility bills dated within the last two months). We unfortunately cannot accept forms that are returned by e-mail.
The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. The scheme is offered in early years settings (pre-schools, Montessori’s, creches, playgroups) for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, 38 weeks of the year. All children are entitled to 2 full academic years on the ECCE scheme. Children are eligible to start the ECCE scheme in the September of the year that they turn 3 years old. For example, a child turning 3 years old in 2019 can be registered on the ECCE scheme in September 2019
This free scheme for children between the ages of 3 and 5 helps prepare them for primary school.