Incoming Students - Dept of Education Request for Info

Incoming Students - DOE Information

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2016/2017 School Calendar

2016/2017 School Calendar

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2016/2017 School Enrolment/Re-Enrolment Form

School Enrolment and Re-Enrolment Form

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1st Year Book List 2016/2017
Raffle Fundraiser 2016/2017

Raffle Fundraiser - Poster (portrait)

Summer News Letter 2016
2nd Year Book List 2016/2017
3rd Year Book List 2016/2017
5th Year Book List 2016/2017
6th Year Book List 2016/2017
Evening Study Application Form
Admissions Policy 2017/2018

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Salesian Secondary College, Don Bosco Road, Pallaskenry, Co. Limeirck is a Roman Catholic voluntary co-educational school.  It is under the Trusteeship of the Salesians of Don Bosco Ireland.

Mission Statement

Our school exists to provide opportunities for students to gain skills, knowledge and understanding, to develop each individual’s talents and to develop the characteristics appropriate to a member of a Christian community.  With a committed staff, we aim to promote the physical and emotional well-being of students by developing self-esteem, personal responsibility and the ability to live and work with others’.  Students are at the heart of everything we do.

As trustees of Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry, the Salesians of Don Bosco are committed to the successful implementation of educational legislation, in particular the Education Act (1998), the Education (Welfare) Act (2000) and the Equal Status Act (2000).  The Community seeks to create an atmosphere of Christian care and concern where students can grow to maturity.  The Salesian School Community fully subscribe to the principles of partnership, accountability, transparency, inclusion and respect for diversity, parental choice and equality.


The school operates within the context of Department of Education & Skills regulations and programmes as set out in the Education Act (1998).  The school operates within the religious and educational philosophy of the Salesian Community and the funding and resources made available to it.  The school supports the principles of inclusiveness, equality of access and participation in the school including respect for diversity of traditions, values, beliefs and ways of life in society.

The financial and teaching resources of the school are provided by the Department of Education & Skills grants, voluntary contributions and fundraising.  The school operates within the regulations laid down from time to time by the Department of Education & Skills and follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education & Skills, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Section 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998). Students at Junior and Senior Cycle follow a core programme, with a number of optional subjects.  Transition Year (TY) and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (L.C.V.P.) are offered to students as Senior Cycle Options.  The following non-exam subjects are part of the Core Programme for all students:  Religious Education and Physical Education, as well as Social Personal Health Education for Junior Cycle.


Salesian Secondary College is a Voluntary Secondary School under the trusteeship of the Salesians of Don Bosco.  It is grant aided by the Department of Education & Skills.  In addition, it receives extra funds from parents, various fundraising activities and from voluntary donations.  The management, organisation, teaching resources and curriculum are outlined in the School Prospectus.

Open Night

The Open Night for students commencing in 1st year in August 2017 will be held on Wednesday, 28th September 2016 in the school at 7.30pm for intending students and their parents/guardians.  All students in our Feeder Primary Schools will be notified in advance.  The Open Night will be advertised through visits and contacts with primary schools, and through advertising in the local city and county newspapers in conjunction with the Common Application System.  Full information on the educational opportunities offered by the school is presented, and the School Prospectus and Application Forms are available.


Right of Entry

Students have right of entry to our school in the following order:

  • Students with siblings currently in the school
  • Students with a parent working in the school
  • Students from primary schools within the catchment area
  • Students who live within the catchment area
  • Students from St. Nessan’s N.S., Mungret
  • Students from St. Paul’s N.S., Dooradoyle
  • Students from all other schools

Primary Schools in our Catchment Area

Students from the following National Schools are part of our feeder school network:  Pallaskenry N.S., Kildimo N.S., Kilcornan N.S., Ballysteen N.S., Foynes N.S., Shanagolden N.S., Askeaton N.S., St. Josephs N.S. Ballybrown and Shauntraud N.S.

In the event that the number of applications exceed the number of places available (120) students will be selected in the following manner;

  1. Students from our feeder schools – the distance from their home address to our school.
  2. Students from all other schools – the distance from their home address to our school.

Enrolment Procedures

Salesian Secondary College is part of the Common Application System for Post-Primary Schools in the Limerick area.  There are 16 schools signed up to this System.  Application to our school must be made on the Common Application Form for 2017/2018.  This Form, in hard copy format only, together with a stamped addressed envelope, must be forwarded to Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick if our school is your child’s first choice of school on or before Monday, 16th January 2017 at 12.30pm.  Application to our school will only be accepted on the official Common Application Scheme Form 2017/2018.  When our school receives your application we will send a Receipt of Application to you by post.  If you do not receive this Receipt within 10 days of forwarding us the Application, this means we did not receive same.  Offers of places will be posted to applicant’s address on Tuesday, 31st January 2017.  Acceptance of such offers must be returned by parents/guardians to the school on or before 12 noon on Wednesday, 8th February 2017.

It should also be noted that under the Department of Education & Skills rules, secondary school students must be aged 12 on 1st January in the calendar year following the applicant’s entry into First Year.

All students must have received the required primary school education in accordance with the Regulations of the Department of Education & Skills, or have followed an approved course elsewhere.

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any student in exceptional cases.  Such an exceptional case could include the following:

  • The student has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education or
  • In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to himself/herself or to other students, to school staff or to school property.


Parents/Guardians must confirm in writing acceptance or refusal of the school place offered to Salesian Secondary College on or before 12 noon on Wednesday, 8th February 2017.  A Registration and Information Night will be held at the school on Tuesday, 28th February 2017 at 7.30pm, which parents/guardians must attend.


Decisions made in relation to admission are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy.  Except in very exceptional circumstances, decisions regarding enrolment will be notified to parents within 21 days of the closing date for applications.  To secure a school place parents/guardians must notify the school in writing of their acceptance of this school place on or before 12 noon on Wednesday, 8th February 2017.  When requested, you will also be required to provide a Full Length Birth Certificate and agree to abide by the school Code of Behaviour and Policies.


All newly enrolled students will be required to complete an Assessment Test on a Saturday, 11th March 2017.  You will receive notification of this date by text alert.  This is given to help the school assess abilities of students and is not used for streaming.  The school operates a policy of non-streaming in 1st year.  Students are placed in mixed ability class groups on completion of the Test and on the basis of the Academic Report given by the Primary School.  There will be 120 places available for 1st Year 2017/2018.  The profile of the intake is monitored to ensure that due regard is given to the inclusive nature of our school which enables us to provide the greatest educational opportunities for all.

Whole School Inclusion

The Board of Management of Salesian Secondary College has a Whole School Inclusion Policy and welcomes students with special educational needs.  In order to assess the needs of those students, the student’s primary school must forward the Education Passport to us.  This information will be treated with the strictest of confidence and will be used to ensure necessary supports are put in place for the benefit of your child.  All student’s Medical/Psychological Report or Individual Education Plan, should be forwarded to the school.  This school may deem it necessary to request immediate assessment in order to assist it in establishing educational and training needs of the student relevant to his/her special needs and to profile the support services required.    This will require parental permission.  Parent(s)/Guardians must provide access to all the child’s records and any other information pertaining to the child’s educational needs.  This information must be supplied with the acceptance form by 12.00 on Wednesday, 8th February 2017 so that the school can apply to the Department of Education and Skills for the required resources to assist the school in meeting the child’s educational needs.

Having gathered all the relevant information, the Board of Management will assess how these needs can be met.  The school will also meet with the parents/guardians to discuss the applicant’s needs and the school’s capabilities to meet those needs.  If further resources are required, the Department of Education & Skills will be requested to provide the necessary assistance e.g. special needs assistant, specialised equipment, transport etc.

Where adequate resources are not forthcoming from the Department of Education & Skills, the Board of Management may have to postpone admission until the Department of Education & Skills put such resources in place.  The Board of Management will do all it possibly can to identify, plan and provide for the needs of a special needs or disabled student seeking admission to the school.

Data Protection

The school is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2003. Personal data supplied on the enrolment form will be used for the purposes of student enrolment, registration, administration, child welfare and to fulfil any other legal obligations. While the information provided will generally be treated as confidential to the school, from time to time it may be necessary for the school to exchange personal data on a confidential basis with other bodies including the Department of Education and Skills, Department of Social and Family Affairs, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, National Educational Welfare Board. Contact details will also be used to notify you of school events and activities.

The school relies on parents/guardians to provide us with accurate and complete information and to update us in relation to any change in the information provided. You should write to the Principal should you wish to update or access your child’s personal data.


We do not allow students transfer into our school mid cycle or once the school year has commenced.  We do accept applicants into 1st year under the Common Application System.

We also accept applicants into Transition Year and 5th year if places, subject areas and resources are available.  The following information must be supplied in advance:

  • Application in writing to the school stating the year you wish your son/daughter to transfer to and the reason for the transfer
  • The following documentation must be enclosed with your written application:
    1. Two most recent School Reports
    2. Written reference from the Principal outlining attendance, behaviour and application to studies
    3. If applicable, most recent Psychological Report/s, but not more than two years old
    4. Any other information you may feel relevant.

All information provided must be true and correct.

Upon receipt of the above mentioned documentation, and once the school is satisfied with same, an appointment is made for both parents/guardians and student for interview.

Exceptional Circumstances

The Board of Management wishes to state that it reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in exceptional circumstances.   Also, parents/guardians have the right to appeal a refusal by a school to enrol a student under Section 29 of the Education Act.


Payments facility

Parents can make payments direct to the school by clicking on the link hereunder to pay for school fees, trips/tours, fundraising events, evening study, transition year, etc.

About Us

Our schools mission is to provide the best possible education based on Christian/Catholic values in partnership with parents and within a caring community. This school incorporates the characteristics of Salesian Education as practised by St John Bosco. Read more...

Don Bosco

John Bosco was born on 16th August, 1815, to the east of Turin. From a very early age he decided that he would dedicate his life to helping young people. Read more...

Contact Information

Salesian Secondary College
Don Bosco Road
Co Limerick
V94 WP86

Phone: +353 (061) 393105
Fax: +353 (061) 393298

Reception Opening times
Monday – Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

School Opening times
Monday, Wednesday & Friday:
9.00am to 3.20pm

Tuesday & Thursday:
9.00am to 4.00pm

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