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postheadericon Enrolment / Admissions Policy

General Information

 

Scoil Naomh Brid is a Catholic Primary School under the Patronage of the Dublin Archdiocese.  It is an all-girls school with the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

It is managed by a Board of Management, elected according to the Procedures agreed by the partners in education.  The school has a Catholic ethos and this ethos is a guiding principle in the formulation and implementation of this policy.  This ethos recognises the value and dignity of each pupil and all those working in the school community and aims at promoting the fully and harmonious development of all pupils.  This ethos also respects the cultural and religious values of all the pupils attending the school.

 

The Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Brid sets out its Enrolment and Admissions policy in accordance with the Education Act, 1998 and trusts that this will assist parents/guardians in relation to enrolment matters.

 

Patron: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

 

Key Members:

The Chairperson:  Ms. Ann Connolly, c/o Scoil Naomh Brid,Main Street, Celbridge.

The Principal:       Ms. Delia O’Donnell, Scoil Naomh Brid,Main Street, Celbridge.

 

The Chairperson and the Principal will be happy to clarify any matters arising from the policy.

 

School Details:

Scoil Naomh Brid

Main Street

Celbridge

Co.Kildare.

Telephone Number: (01) 6272922                Fax Number: (01) 6012338

E-mail: oifig@scoilnaomhbrid.com

 

Staff: 

19 Mainstream Class Teachers.

3 Learning Support Teachers

1 Special Needs Resource Teachers.

1 English Language Teachers.

1 Part-time Learning Support/ Resource Teacher.

1.5 Special Needs Assistants.

2 Secretaries.

1 Caretaker.

 

 

General Information:

 

 

The Department of Education and Skills provides the grants and teachers resources to the school and the school operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department.  School policy must, therefore, have regard to the funding and resources available.  Scoil Naomh Bríd follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills, and these programmes may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 20 of the Education Act (1998).

 

The Education Act of 1998 sets out a framework in which the school operates. Within this context and the parameters of department regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act, and the funding and resources available, Scoil Naomh Brid supports the principles of:

 

Inclusiveness:

  • Particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational needs.

Equality:

  • In respect of maximum access and participation in the school.  No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special needs, disability, language/accent, traveller status, asylum-seeker/refuge status, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

 

Parental Choice:

  • The Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Brid recognises the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice and must also respect the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled.  This will require balanced judgements which will be guided by the principles of natural justice and the best interest of all children.  The Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each classroom bearing in mind:

(a)   Size of available space in classrooms.

(b)   Educational needs of children of a particular age

(c)    Multi grade classes

(d)   Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.

(e)    Department of Education and Skills class average directives.  (Currently minimum requirement of 28 children).

Respect:

  • The school recognises the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.
  • The school also has regard for the criteria for enrolment as directed by the Archdiocesean Secretariat for Education.  The Diocesan policy on enrolment is that in the event applications for enrolment exceed the number of places available the following decision- making process will apply:

 

(a).       Catholic children living in the parish and /or siblings of pupils in the school.

(b).      Catholic children living outside the parish who do not have a Catholic school    in their own parish.

(c).       Other children living in the parish.

(d).      Other children living outside the parish.

If the applications within categories exceed the number of places available, older children will have precedence.

 

 

 

 

Application Procedure:

 

  1. Parents/Guardians seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Naomh Bríd are required to provide the following:
  1. Completed enrolment application form (Available in the school office)
  2. Birth Certificate.
  3. Baptismal Certificate (if applicable)
  4. Recent utilities bill.

 

  1. Enrolment for Junior Infants, normally takes place in February each year (in line

with the policy of the Catholic primary schools in the parish).

3.    The Board of Management will communicate dates through the parish newsletter and the publications and through notices sent out through the school.

 

4.    The Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Bríd will admit pupils for Junior Infants          enrolling for the first time, up to the last school day in September each year subject        to places being available in Junior Infants classes.

5.    Enrolment for pupils other than Junior Infants can take place during the school year           (if newly resident in the area).  Pupils in schools elsewhere may transfer at any time   subject to the Rules Governing National Schools, School Policy, available space,

the approval of the Department of Education and Skills and the local

arrangements.

 

6.      The Board of Management will require certain information when children are being           enrolled:

6.1       Pupils name, age. and address; (PPS Number only on admission).

6.2       Names and addresses of Pupils Parents/Guardians;

6.3       Contact telephone numbers.

6.4       Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency;

6.5       Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of;

6.6       Religion

6.7       Previous schools attended, if any, and reasons for the transfer, if applicable            6.8            Previous school reports, if applicable.

6.9       Any other relevant information (including any such other information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act 2000).

 

  1. Prospective Parents may visit the school by appointment.

 

8.      New Junior Infants may spend an informal period in school with their Parents/

Guardians in June to familiarise themselves with their new environment.

 

Decision Process

 

  1.    Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of

Management in accordance with school policy.

 

10.       As a general principle and in so far as in practicable having in regard to the schools            enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application provided there is space

available.  In the event that applications for enrolment in any given standard/class exceeds the number of places available, preceding or during the

school year, older children will have precedence

 

  1.     The Board of Management is bound by:

11.1          Relevant Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to

class size or staffing provisions and/or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, such as physical space or the health and

welfare of children.

 

11.2          The Department of Education and Skills Rules for National schools,

which provides that pupils must be enrolled by the age of six.

 

The Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Brid endeavours at all times to facilitate the needs of the Parish in providing adequate places for children in school.

 

The Board of Management issues letters to parents informing them of the decision of the committee within 21 days following the enrolment dates each year.   The letter informs parents that:

(a).      The application has been successful for the school.

(b).       The application has not been successful on the grounds of

(i). Being outside the parish.

(ii). Age – a cut back on the grounds of age was necessary due to the number of

applications.

(c).       If the number of applications exceeds places available a waiting list will be formed based on the applications received on the specified enrolment dates.

 

Late Applications:

 

  • Applications received after the specified enrolment dates will be treated as late applications.
  • In the event of places being available at the time of the late application, places will be allocated on an individual basis and will be filled until all places have been allocated.
  • When all places have been allocated a waiting list will be formed and the guiding principle will be the date of receipt of the application, provided age appropriate criteria have been complied with.

 

All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome and if refused admission will be notified of their entitlement to appeal under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

 

 

Enrolment of children with special needs

 

  1.      In relation to the enrolment of children with Special Needs, the Board of

Management may request a copy of the child’s medical/psychological report or, if    such, a report is not available, they may request such an assessment for the child.

 

  1.      The purpose of this report is to assist the school in establishing the educational

needs of the child.  Children with Special Needs will be catered for in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills

to the Board of Management.

 

 

  1.     Parents of pupils who are dissatisfied with the level of Special Needs Educational

Provision in our school, should consider a special school designed and resourced to                   specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.

 

 

 

Co-Operation and Compliance

 

  1.     Children enrolled in Scoil Naomh Bríd are required to comply with the Schools

Code of Behaviour and all other policies on curriculum, organisation and

management.  Copies of the school Code of Behaviour Policy are given to Parents  on admission of their child to the school.

 

  1.       The Board of Management places the responsibility of Parents/Guardians for

ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with school policies in an age appropriate

way.

 

 

Timeframe and Responsibility for Review

This policy will be updated and reviewed by the Board of Management every two years or if required by any changes in regulation.

 

Ratification and Communication

 

This policy will be communicated to Parents/Guardians at times of enrolment.

Copy of policy will be available on request at any other time.

 

Ratified by the Board of Management on __________________________________

 

Signed: ___________________________________

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

 

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