DDLETB Primary School Patronage

Express Your Interest In A New Post Primary School In Your Area

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) is currently seeking expressions of interest from parents/guardians who would like to have a Post Primary School in their area. The areas where we may have schools are:

  • Blanchardstown
  • Goatstown/Stillorgan
  • Citywest/Saggart

Primary & Post Primary School Patronage 2021

DDLETB is collecting parents’/guardians’ data. We may then contact you in relation to establishing a Post Primary School in your area.

If a Post Primary School does open in your area, parents/guardians will have to fill in a separate application form for this school as this survey is an expression of interest only.

By submitting this information, you confirm that you understand that this information will be made available to DDLETB. Please note that no guarantee of places is given or implied by submitting this expression of interest form.



Blanchardstown Youthreach Participant Is Finalist In Art & Photography Award

Blanchardstown Youthreach would like to congratulate Kelsey Doyle who has been shortlisted as a finalist in Mental Health Ireland’s Art and Photography award for her photo entry. An award ceremony will take place in the historic St Patricks Cathedral Dublin 28th March and all shortlisted entries will be on display for public viewing from 25th – 28th March.


The theme for this year’s competition is The Five Ways to Wellbeing, which encourage us to:

  • Connect
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Be Active
  • Give

The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed from extensive research carried out by the New Economics Foundation. They are actions we can all take to look after our wellbeing. Students do not need to include these words in their entry but they are welcome to if they wish.


DDLETB awarded patronage of two new primary schools for Swords, Co. Dublin

DDLETB has been awarded patronage of two new primary schools planned to open in September 2019 in Swords.

The Department of Education and Skills has informed DDLETB that the Swords community has endorsed our state-run Community National School model. The planned new schools for Swords are scheduled to open in September 2019 and DDLETB expects that the Principals will be appointed shortly to lead the new schools.

Paddy Lavelle, Chief Executive of DDLETB said, “This is a very positive development for Swords. The new schools will join six other Community National Schools under our patronage. We see the results of this campaign as a welcome endorsement, from parents and families, for ETB run schools and the Community National School model. “We ran a highly visible and engaging campaign in Swords. Parents clearly supported our vision for child-centred, multidenominational, publicly-accountable schools which strive to provide high-quality education for all learners. They give equal opportunities to all children,” added Lavelle.”

“The new schools in Swords will be technologically advanced using the latest Information and communication technologies. These new schools will further embed our presence on the educational landscape especially in the North-Dublin region,” said Adrian Flynn, Director of Schools with DDLETB.“Our vision is to continue to develop teaching and learning communities that lead
educational thinking both nationally and internationally. We are excited about our shared future with new learners and teachers in Swords. We are now taking this message to Citywest/Saggart, Blanchardstown and Goatstown/Stillorgan for our 2020 post-primary patronage campaign” added Flynn.

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB has been at the forefront of the development of Community National Schools as state-run multi-denominational schools since the first one opened its doors in 2008 and has more than 100 years’ experience as an educational patron in Ireland.

Air Corps DDLETB

QQI Certificates Presented To Air Corps Staff

Air Corps DDLETB

DDLETB Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pilot project – QQI certificates presented to staff from the Air Corps in Lucan Education Centre on 17th January.

Congratulations to the RPL participants and to the RPL team in Lucan.

This is a pilot project in Recognition of Prior Learning for DDLETB. The Adult Education Service Southwest is partnering with the Air Corps in a nationwide ETB / Defence Forces collaboration in RPL.

The recognition of prior learning process allows learners to gain certification for their on-the-job learning without having to attend a course in what they already know. The RPL project staff in Lucan supported the group to identify and document their on-the-job learning and to compile RPL portfolios for assessment. The structured supports included an induction day, adult education guidance and a series of mentoring sessions last Spring and early Autumn.

Air Corps DDLETB

Participants received QQI component certificates in subjects relating to their work roles. The recipients acknowledged the importance to them of having formal recognition of their learning. For some their certificates will be beneficial in finding alternative employment opportunities as they retire out of the Air Corps. For others, the certification, as well as the whole experience, has sparked an interest in engaging anew with education and training.

Thank you to the Adult Education Service and to the Air Corps for their keen support of this pilot project.

CPD For Assistant Principals

Continuing Professional Development For Assistant Principals

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB is continuing its commitment to quality in teaching and learning with a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops for Assistant Principals. We are delighted that we have assistant principals from all of our 29 schools attending the workshops.

The programme consists of four two hour modules, with each module covering both theoretical and practical perspectives. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the program.

CPD For Assistant Principals

The first module took place on Wednesday 30th January and covered Personal and Professional leadership in a middle leadership role.

The second module took place on Wednesday 6th of February, with the title Organisational leadership, building teams for change.

On Wednesday 13th of February, Dr. Mark Fennell will lead a module on Leadership for Learning.

The final workshop takes place on the topic of Leadership in Schools – the policy and practice context, facilitated by Caroline Clarke.



International Day At Blanchardstown Adult Education Service

The VTOS students from the Understanding Interculturalism class at Blanchardstown Adult Education Service organised an International Day which took place on 18 December 2018. The main aim of the event was to help students and staff experience other cultures. As food is an important component of culture and it often plays a central role in celebrations, it was decided to build the day around this.

The room was decorated with a Christmas theme and some students wore clothes which reflected their cultural background. Some of the dishes presented that day were: Irish stew, keks (cake from Poland), dolma (stuffed grape leaves) from Iraq, cheesecake from Lithuania, couscous from Morocco and isku-dhex-karis (a Somalian rice dish).

The students who organised the event were delighted with the numbers of people who attended and with the variety of dishes on offer. Everyone agreed it was a lovely way to finish off the year and pave the way for the Christmas holidays!

Blanchardstown Adult Education Service is part of the Further Education and Training services provided by Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB.

Riversdale CC Cambridge Assessment English group featured

Cambridge Assessment English Language Exams in Riversdale Community College

In May 2018, migrant students and parents from Riversdale CC sat Cambridge Assessment English language exams. While parents and students attended separate classes to prepare them for the exams, they came together to receive their certs.

Riversdale CC Cambridge Assessment English group parents and students

The cohort of 29 parents and students from Riversdale CC sat a combination of four Cambridge Assessment English exams: A2 Key (KET), B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools as well as B2 First for Schools.

This initiative shows that the DDLETB DEIS school is working hard to support access to the curriculum for the young people in their school as well as to support the social inclusion and lifelong learning of their parents. The photo shows some of the students who have received their certs with the teachers who prepared them to sit the exams as well as the school principal Bernadette McLoughlin.

Congratulations to all of the students who worked so hard and their teachers who supported them.

Teaching Transforms

Teaching Transforms. Shape The Future

A new Irish Government campaign has been launched to promote the role of teaching in primary and post-primary schools.

On the Government “Teaching Transforms” web site, you can find information on

  • how and where you can study to become a teacher as an undergraduate.
  • Post-Graduate options on how to become a teacher if you already have a degree.
  • how to work as a teacher in Ireland if you qualified outside of Ireland.
  • primary and post-primary teaching
  • recruitment processes and job boards for teachers

Caroline Clarke Principal Skerries CC, Adam Kelly Winner Young Scientist, CO DDLETB Paddy Lavelle

Skerries Student Adam Kelly Wins The BT Young Scientist Award 2019

Huge congratulations to Skerries Community College student, Adam Kelly, who has won the top award at the prestigious BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year competition.

Young Scientist Winner 2019 Adam Kelly

Adam Kelly. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Adam’s project, which was entitled ‘Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits’ was praised by judges. Judge and Chair of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematics Category, Professor Sean Corish, said the winning entry hugely impressed the judges.

“Quantum computing is an emerging technology which represents a potentially significant advance in computing,” he said.

“Adam developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer, which is still at an early stage. This has implications across many areas, including cybersecurity.

“In addition, he used Open Source code to parallelise quantum simulation on graphical processing units that is significantly quicker than other available simulators and this work has already come to the attention of key industry leaders.

Adam received a cheque for €7,500 for winning and will go on to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Bulgaria in September.

Caroline Clarke Principal Skerries CC, Adam Kelly Winner Young Scientist, CO DDLETB Paddy Lavelle

Evelyn Lennon, Acting Principal Skerries CC, Adam Kelly Winner Young Scientist, Paddy Lavelle CEO DDLETB

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Adam said “I’m in total shock.”

“What inspired me was all my teachers and the people who helped me along the way inspired me.

Congratulations to Adam and his teachers and principal at Skerries Community College.  He is surely the definitely of our DDLETB motto – Learn Achieve Succeed!

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year to all of our wonderful students and great staff. Here’s to a great 2019 ahead! 

We’re looking forward to a new year with new schools opening, exciting new courses and opportunities to learn, achieve and succeed.