School Admission Policy
The Hamilton High School is a Catholic, voluntary, lay, boys-only secondary School. The policy of The Hamilton High School is to enrol male students whose educational needs can be met by the resources available within the school. For the 2017-18 school year enrolment may be limited to 72 First Year Students as the school has reached its capacity in terms of student population at present.
Priority will be accorded to applicants in the following order:
- Students in local primary schools. The local primary schools are:
Ahiohill National School, Ballinadee National School, Ballyheada National School, Ballinspittle National School, Barryroe National School, Bishop Galvin Central School, Newcestown; Castlelack National School, Clogagh National School, Coppeen National School, Crossmahon National School (Scoil Bhride), Gaelscoil Droichead Na Bandan, Goggins Hill National School, Gurrane National School, Gurraneasig National School, Kilbrittain National School, Laragh National School, Scoil Eoin Innishannon, Scoil Mhaoilíosa Knockavilla, Kilbonane National School, Kilcolman National School, Kilmurry National School, Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Bandon; St. Mary’s National School, Enniskeane; Timoleague National School.
Each application from the above listed schools will be given equal priority.
- Students with brothers in the school or whose brothers attended the school for at least three years.
- Sons of former students.
- All other applicants.
In the event that there are more applications than places remaining in any of the categories 1 to 4 above, places will be allocated on the basis of an independently witnessed random selection process.
Unsuccessful applications will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants will be ranked on the waiting list in accordance with the random selection process.
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered until all on-time applicants have been accommodated. Late applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for admission to the school a boy must have reached 12 years of age on the 1st of January in the calendar year following entry into the school.
An application form must be completed by the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and submitted to the school
before the date specified by the school on the year of entry. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must notify, in
writing, of any special educational needs their son may have. Parent(s)/ Guardian(s) must accept,
in writing, the school’s Code of Behaviour and undertake all reasonable efforts to ensure their son’s
co-operation with the Code.
It is our policy to admit male students who wish to transfer from other post-primary schools to The Hamilton High School, if the students’ educational needs can be met by the resources available within the school, if it is to the students’ benefit and if we believe that the transfer would not affect the health, welfare or safety of the student, our other students, teachers, support staff or management.
Parents of students wishing to transfer from another school must supply full reports on Behaviour, Attendance and Academic Achievement from previous school(s) attended.
Priority will be given to Hamilton High School students who wish to repeat the Leaving Certificate.
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.
- In the opinion of the school management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.
- We reserve the right to exclude a student who wishes to enrol in Hamilton High School or has already transferred from another post-primary school, if it is found that he and/or his parent(s)/guardian(s) have given us false information or have withheld what we would regard as relevant information that would impact on the health, welfare or safety of the student or any of the educational partners of the school.