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Online Patronage Process System (OPPS)

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Online Patronage Process System (OPPS)
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Patronage of New Post-Primary Schools (2019)

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., recently announced the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four year period from 2019 to 2022. These planned new schools were decided following on from a nationwide, forward-planning exercise carried out by the Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country.

A patronage process is now underway and patrons/prospective patrons have been invited to apply for patronage of the four post-primary schools due to open in 2019. Parental preferences for each patron, from parents/guardians of children who reside in the school planning areas concerned, together with the extent of diversity currently available in these areas, are key to decisions in relation to the outcome of this process.

A new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) has been developed to provide objective information to all parents and guardians which will allow them to make an informed choice in expressing a preference for their preferred model of patronage for their child’s education.

Am I eligible to express a preference for the patronage of a new post-primary school to open in 2019?

  • Is your child due to start post-primary education in the 5 year period 2019 to 2023?
  • Is your child resident in one of the following school planning areas*?
    • Donaghmede - Howth - D13 (Belmayne/Clongriffin area)
    • Galway City & Oranmore (Regional Solution)
    • Laytown & Drogheda (Regional Solution)
    • Wicklow

*Maps are provided for each of the above areas once you click the button below to express your patronage preference.

If you have answered yes to both of the above questions, you may be eligible to express a preference for your preferred model of patronage in respect of one of the above schools/areas.

Please click the button below to express your patronage preference.


Please note that an expression of a parental preference for patronage of a school is not an application for enrolment. Once the school has been established, you must apply directly to the school in relation to your child’s enrolment.