Ratoath College

Ratoath College

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Planning for 2023/24 & Student Direct Costs

Dear parent(s)/guardian(s),

As we approach the end of another school year, we want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your continued support and cooperation.

We are, as ever, deeply proud of the consistent efforts of our students towards reaching their potential and we wish our Third and Sixth Year students the very best for the forthcoming State Exams.

We also want to pay a special tribute to our staff, whose professionalism and dedication are a source of great pride for us.

Planning for the 2023-2024 school year is well advanced at this stage and we ask that you please read the information below carefully to ensure we are all in the best position possible to make the 2023-2024 school year as successful as possible for all concerned.

To those of you who will be joining the Ratoath College community for the first time in 2023-2024, we are looking forward to welcoming you. A reminder to keep an eye on the 1st Year 2023-2024 page on the website for updates.

Student Direct Costs 2023-2024

As previously advised, we include below the breakdown of the Student Direct Costs for 2023-2024. These costs for each year group have been agreed by our Board of Management and approved by the board of LMETB. This money funds, for example, our Book Rental scheme, 24 hour student insurance, Dialanns, extra-curricular costs, as well as a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment materials and activities that are not funded by the Department of Education. See the button below for a full breakdown of costs by year group.

Along with the rest of society, we have been doing our best to manage significant increases in costs over the last two years and we are conscious that the current cost of living increases will have presented a significant financial challenge to all members of our school community. With this in mind, and despite increases in the costs of almost all items that student direct costs are used to fund, we have decided to maintain these costs at the same level as the previous two school years.

We are also acutely aware that many of our families will be experiencing challenging financial circumstances that will make it difficult for them to pay the Student Direct Costs for next year. If you find yourself in this situation, please make contact with the school in confidence as soon as possible.

Payments can only be made using our online payment provider, Way2Pay

You will shortly receive a text message containing a secure link to make your payment.

You can choose to pay the full amount for each child now, or to pay in instalments using the payment schedule below.

We ask that the 1st instalment (or the full amount) for each student is paid by Wednesday, 17th May 2023. 

If you have any queries in relation to payments, please contact the Main Office:

Phone: 01 825 4102

Email: [email protected]

Note that certain subjects have curricular elements that require students to take part in off-site activities, such as Leaving Cert Geography, Biology and PE. These costs are not included in the breakdown below as they don’t apply to all students. Where such costs exist, they will be advised on the Book and Equipment lists issued over the summer holidays and collected via Way2Pay close to the time of the trip/activity.

For Transition Year, the cost of all trips and activities are included in the costs listed below.

Click/tap the button below for the full breakdown of student direct costs by year group:

Students Not Returning

A reminder that, if your child is not returning to the school in September, please let us know as soon as possible using the form below:


Uniforms are available from SchoolUniformsDirect.ie and Blondelles.

For incoming first year students, visit the First Year 2023-2024 page on our website for more information on uniforms and uniform fittings.

Our Uniform Policy is available on our website.

End of Year Assessment & Reports – 1st, 2nd, TY & 5th Year

Assessments will take place for students in First, Second and Fifth Years from Friday 26th May to Thursday 1st June. End of year reports for 1st, 2nd, TY and 5th Year students will be available on ePortal by mid-June.

State Exams – 3rd and 6th Year

For 3rd and 6th year students, state exams begin on Wednesday, 7th June 2023. Practical and oral exams in various subjects have been taking place over the last few weeks. In order for 3rd and 6th years to have the best chance of achieving their full potential in their state exams, it is crucial that their attendance in school and focus in class does not waver over these last few weeks.

Timetables for the state exams are available here:


Note the following important dates for the remainder of the school year:

Thursday 4th May 2023

TY 2023-2024 Launch Night

Thursday 11th May

Class of 2023 Prayer Service, 14.00

Monday 15th May

Sport and Cultural Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 17th May


Thursday 18th May

School finishes at 14.30 (staff meeting)

Friday 19th May

6th Years finish

Monday 22nd May, 17.00

6th Year Graduation

Wednesday 24th May, 19.00

TY Graduation – TYs finish

Thursday 25th May, 14.00

Third Year Service – Third Years finish

Friday 26th May – Thursday 1st June

Assessments for 1st, 2nd and 5th Year students

Friday 2nd June

1st, 2nd and 5th year students finish at 12.30.

Summer Holidays begin

Wednesday 7th June

State Exams begin

Planning for 2023-2024

Planning for the 2023-2024 school year is well under way. 

The 2023-2024 school year will commence from Wednesday 23rd August 2023 for 6th year students, with all other year groups returning over the subsequent few days. We will let you know about specific dates and times for each year group in June.

Please note that Book & Equipment Lists will issue over the course of the summer holidays.

Once again, we deeply appreciate your help and support this year.


Yours faithfully,