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Online Patronage Process System (OPPS)

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Online Patronage Process System (OPPS)
What is a School Patron?

A patron operates the school and appoints the Board of Management of the school.

Under Section 8 of the Education Act, 1998, the Patron of a school is described as

(1 )(a)The person who, at the commencement of this section, is recognised by the Minister as the patron of a primary school, and

(b) the persons who, at the commencement of this section, stand appointed as trustees or as the board of governors of a post-primary school and, where there are no such trustees or such board, the owner of that school,

shall be deemed to be the patron for the purposes of this Act and the Minister shall enter his, her or their name, as appropriate, in a register kept for that purpose by the Minister.


Patron Functions
  • Appointment of the school’s board of management
  • Suspension, if necessary, of the board of management
  • Responsibility for the school’s characteristic spirit, for which the board of management is accountable to the patron
  • Ultimate responsibility/liability for industrial relations
  • Responsibility for school property (and insurance)
  • Financial matters – annual budgets and reports
  • Decisions on school status such as extension, amalgamation, closure