Parental Survey forms on primary school patronage now live

Parents of all children aged 0 to 12 years in 4 areas in County Dublin  - Skerries, Rush, Malahide and Portmarnock -  are being asked by the Minister for Education and Skills what patrons they would like to see operating their local primary schools. The aim of the survey is to establish the level of demand from parents for diversity of school patronage in each of the towns. At present, some 96% of primary schools in the country are under church patronage, with more than 90% or approximately 3,000 schools under the remit of the Catholic Church. This survey initiative follows on from the recommendations of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary sector.

The survey and additional information can be accessed on line via and parents or guardians of primary school going children and 0 to 5 year olds in the 4 areas are being urged to fill it in. You will need to have your PPS number in order to complete the survey; however, these details are only being used for verification purposes.

If parents indicate they would like a wider choice of patron, then the Department of Education and Skills (DES) will ask existing patrons to come up with a plan to transfer some schools to other patron bodies. County Dublin VEC is interested in becoming patron in the four County Dublin areas of Skerries, Rush, Malahide and Portmarnock through the Community National School (CNS) model. You can read more about the CNS model of school by logging on to

 “This is an historic opportunity for parents to have a real say in the type of school they wish to send their children to, be it denominational, multi-denominational, all-Irish or other,” said Minister Ruairí Quinn T.D.

To complete the surveys, click on the following links:

Skerries Parental Survey
Rush Parental Survey
Malahide Parental Survey
Portmarnock Parental Survey