Incoming First Years 2024

Welcome to the information page for 1st Year 2024

Once you have received an offer of a place for 1st year 2024, you will be sent a link to our online Acceptance Form. Please complete this within 2 weeks of date of offer of a place. If you require a paper form instead, please contact the school office.

Information about Parent information meeting, Subject Option process, Student Assessment Day and Student tour of school will be displayed on this page.

Incoming First Year Assessment Day

Additional Information (Updated 7th Feb 2024)

This section contains useful information for incoming students and their parents/guardians.

Advice from other parents This document shares advice from other parents to help you prepare for your child to settle into 1st year.

Child protection guide for parents Please read this information.

Religious Education Information Please read this information.

Wellbeing Information Leaflet Please read this information.

Homework/study policy Please read this information.

Our Extra-Curricular programme is ever-growing. Please read about our programme and policy on our website.

DDLETB Privacy Notice to students and their parents/guardians Schools gather lots of information about your son/daughter. This explains why it is needed, how we use it, how we store it and how we destroy it safely. Please read this information.

Incoming 1st year 2024 Information Evening for Parents/Guardians (Updated 30/01/2024)
  • Watch the video of the presentation here.
  • Access the PowerPoint here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks to parents who asked these questions at our Teams Live information event. If you have a different question, please email the school at and we will do our best to direct you to the relevant staff member.

Q. Hi, when will the extension and autism class be finished?
A. We are awaiting a further update from the Department of Education at the moment to formally appoint our Main Contractor. This will allow work to being on site hopefully later this year. It will be approximately a 3 year project.

Q. Do you provide the parental reports from the CAT assessment?
A. Yes, we make the results of your child's assessment available to you at some stage during their 1st year.

Q. The Department of Education announced that Junior Cycle students will receive free school
books next year as part of the Government’s 2024 budget. How will this work?
A. While the Department has announced funding for books for second level, there is no plan announced yet for how this is to be organised. We will hopefully know more before we publish booklists and will keep you up to date with developments.

Q. Is there an exemption for foreign language if recommended by psychological report?
A. While there is an official exemption process for Irish if students satisfy certain conditions, there is no such process for a modern foreign language exemption. However, you can meet with our Additional Needs Team and find out more about the circumstances when students do not need to take a language.

Q. When is the incoming student assessment taking place?
A. There are two assessment dates. 7th Feb is for Scoil Áine students and 21st Feb is for all other primary school students. Your child should be brought to our school at the time we will confirm with you shortly. Some schools will walk the students over from the primary school. But you may have to bring your student here if smaller numbers are coming to us from that school. We will communicate more about this closer to the date. Both tests will be on in the morning time. Students will use our school computers and need to have a set of wired headphones with them.

Q. If you already have a child in the school can you use the same VS Ware login details?
A. We will issue a special VSware link for your incoming child's options process and then once your child starts with us, you will be able to see all of your children on the same VSware page

Q. Do you do a sampling programme for subject options or do they have the opportunity to
change an option?
A. We don't operate a taster programme for options but listen carefully to parents and students if they feel that they have selected a subject that they are finding challenging and try to change options if resources allow.

Q. Do you have a coding subject at Junior Cycle?
A. At the moment we offer Digital literacy and wellbeing to 1st year students to ensure that they have the skills to use the MS Office package that they have access to in the school and the attitudes and knowledge to deal with some of the challenges that can arise from living in a digital media world. This does not include a coding element. We also offer Computer Science as an option for Leaving Certificate students and we run a TY coding module as an option also.

Q. Are children allowed out for lunch or must remain in school?
A. Junior students (1st to 3rd) can either stay in school for lunch and use the school canteen or bring a packed lunch. Junior students are not allowed to access any local shops or restaurants during lunch time. Senior students (TY to 6th year) can use local shops and restaurants. Our school canteen can accept electronic payments if you want to provide your child with a card that they can use.

Q. My son uses a laptop on the recommendation of an occupational therapist. Do we need to do
anything to get a laptop awarded for use in Lucan CC.
A. Yes, an assistive technology grant will need to be applied for. Please phone the school and make an appointment to meet with our Additional Needs post holder.

Q. Do students with additional needs receive support in organizational skills such as organizing
books, lockers, getting to class etc.
A. Our additional needs team and SNAs will organise a special focussed tour for students with additional needs if needed before they start with us. They will also receive additional help during the student induction days at the start of the school year.

Q. When will we get full information about the Options Choice process?
A. Once we have finalised the structure of the Junior Cycle course on offer for the incoming 1st years, we will send on all of the relevant information to you. Current 1st years study Maths, English, Irish (unless exemption is in place), either French or German and 3 options subjects from a list of 9 as well as wellbeing subjects such as SPHE, PE, CSPE and Digital Wellbeing. Science is not compulsory in our school but as a lot of students wish to take it, we put on many classes of science to facilitate this. If there are changes in the programme, we will let you know in good time before you have to make your subject choice. Please look at our recorded Open Day video from a few years ago with your child to help you to get more information about each subject on offer.

This page will remain available in case of any late offered for a place in 1st year 2024 and will then be updated for the Admissions 2025 process which will begin in October 2024.
Feb 29
School Closed for JCT Training
Mar 07
1st Year PTM - Students finish at 15.30
Mar 18
Bank Holiday
Mar 20
5th Year Trip to Italy
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