Brand new Dublin start-up primaryschools.ie, recently launched on 1 September 2016, provides an online, central applications system for primary school enrolment and has also been selected to represent South Dublin Local Enterprise Office in the Enterprise Village at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.
The company, who was chosen from a shortlist of start-ups due to its innovation and potential, will be exhibiting at the event from 20 to 22 of September.
Speaking in advance of the event in Screggan, Co. Offaly, director of primaryschools.ie Sadhbh Kurzawska, states, “We are delighted to be going to the Ploughing Championships as a representative of South Dublin Local Enterprise Office. We are looking forward to speaking to parents and teachers at the event about our new online system. Every year parents set about applying to primary schools. For some this can be a nerve-wracking experience, applying to multiple schools in the hopes of getting a place for their child; for others, they can rest assured that their child will get a place in the local school. Yet they all have one thing in common, the amount of paper work! Primaryschools.ie does the work for parents and teachers alike”.
The central application system will allow parents to make an application to any registered school in Ireland from one website. It will give principals and administrators in schools across Ireland the opportunity to use a secure, auditable and paper-free system, whilst still retaining responsibility for their own admissions and data retention policies.
Research carried out by Access Education Ltd., the company behind the new website www.primaryschools.ie, found that although 75% of parents applied to the school in person, 81% of those surveyed would have preferred to apply online. It also highlighted that 70% of parents did not receive a receipt for applications and so struggled to keep track of their registrations. This leaves parents who have applied for school places shortly after their child is born, waiting four or five years without any proof they had ever applied.
Sadhbh continues, “I started primaryschools.ie with a view to resolving the issue of school applications which many parents find stressful and time-consuming. It’s madness that in 2016 we’re still using pen and paper, and in many cases, the most hi-tech form of administering applications is an Excel spreadsheet! But as my journey has progressed, I’ve come to realise just how little is invested in our education. On the surface, our politicians say we have free education, but so many of our schools are still in prefabs and have to fundraise every year to pay the bills. Ultimately I would like to run primaryschools.ie with a philanthropic bent and use some of our profits to help schools through some sort of grants scheme. It would be great to give something back to the community”.
Primaryschools.ie will be at the National Ploughing Championships this year, having been selected to represent South Dublin Local Enterprise Office in the Enterprise Village. For a full run-down of the business, keep your eyes peeled for their slot on the Product Launch Stage on 20 September at 10.50am. Primaryschools.ie also has a GoFundMe campaign at www.gofundme.com/primaryschools-ie, if you would like to lend your support.