Ireland Dublin school ranking potential students by 'hour of birth' due to demand

18:01  08 july  2017
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A Dublin principal says his school have to rank potential students not just by their birthday, but by the hour of their birth due to overwhelming demand.

The Holy Family school in Swords has already turned away three classrooms worth of pupils for the academic year ahead and according to Mark Cunningham, the lack of classrooms is the main reason for the crisis.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, the concerned principal said in January the school received 200 applications for 162 spaces.

Now, there are 96 students on their waiting list and it's feared these children will not be able to get a school place close to home this year.

Discussing the school's enrolment policy which prioritises older Catholic children, Mr Cunningham said: "We are in a situation now where we are looking at the birth certificate, and we would have a number of children that would be born on the same day so we have to look at the time of birth."

He added that Education Minister Richard Bruton's plans to remove the 'Baptism Barrier' which allows Catholic schools to prioritise Catholic children, would make little difference to the demand in Swords.

He has called for a focus on improving resources going forward.

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