St. Declan’s Special School Annual Admission Notice

Applications are CLOSED for the next school term.  Please read below for dates on notifications. 

Annual Admission Notice in respect of admissions to the 2022-2023 school year

Admission Policy and Application Form:
• A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2022-2023 academic year is available as on the website.

To download the application click here: Application form 2022-2023.    The completed form and all relevant reports should be emailed to:

Admissions to the 2022-2023 school year Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2022-2023

The following are the dates applicable for admission to this school:

  • The school will commence accepting applications for admission on 31st January 2022
  • The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on 6th May 2022
  • The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is 20th May 2022
  • The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is 3rd June 2022.  NOTE: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy. *Failure to accept an offer within the prescribed period above may result in the offer being withdrawn.

Number of places being made available in 2022-2023 school year:

The number of places being made available for those students who met the eligibility criteria is seven (7).

Eligibility Criteria:

St. Declan’s School, with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills, provides an education exclusively for students with special needs from 4 to 12 years of age and St. Declan’s School caters for children

  • with mild emotional disturbance and/or behavioural problems which significantly impair their engagement, socialisation and/or learning in mainstream school and
  • whose cognitive functioning is within the borderline range of ability, or higher
  • who do not have a history of behaviour that, in the view of the Board of Management, causes or threatens or may cause or may threaten physical harm.


These difficulties must be the primary cause for enrolment in the school and as agreed by the National Council for Special Education and Department of Education