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Transfer Students 2019/20: Important Notice

Transfer Students 2019/20: Important Notice

Important Notice re: 2nd, TY and 5th Year Transfers from other schools for 2019/20. (3rd and 6th may be considered on an individual basis)

As you may know we allowed a number of students to Transfer from other schools in September after we advertised a few vacancies that had become available due mainly to emigration. However, some parents contacted us to say that if they had known earlier (they had now bought new books/ uniforms etc. for the school their child was currently in) they would have looked to transfer to Merlin College.

Naturally we do not know if places will become available in any given year for 2nd Year, TY or 5th Year. However, what I intend to do this year is interview students now who wish to Transfer to Merlin College for 2019/20 and put them on a waiting list. If places do become available in these year groups (and there is usually some places due to migration/ emigration mainly) we will then be able to let you know before the summer hopefully so as to prevent you from buying new books/ uniforms etc. for your current school.

Therefore, if you do hope to Transfer your child to Merlin College for next year please apply now. Naturally, a first come first, first serve policy will apply.

Please note that TY is mandatory in Merlin College. I know that some people, especially from other countries have reservations about TY or do not really understand it or why Merlin College think it is so important. If you want to talk to me or our new TY Coordinator at any time about Transition Year we will be glad to discuss it.
The simple reason is if you look at the statistics of those students that do TY from those who don’t you will see they do much better- getting higher points in their Leaving Cert and not dropping out of College in 1st Year.

We want to be the best school in Galway and we know mandatory TY is going to help us get there.

Best of luck and again we will let you know after you apply once any vacancy becomes available. In 2019 we as a school are going to be full.

Make sure Merlin College is full with your child in it!

John Cleary,