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SCHOOL ENROLMENT POLICY 2008
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This enrolment/admissions policy for Scoil Mhuire Primary School has been revised in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Education Welfare Act 2000, the relevant Health and Safety legislation and in keeping with the directives of the Patron, issued to schools in October 2008.
Equality of access is always the core value that determines all policy regarding the enrolment of children in our school. All children have an equal right to education. In order to fulfill this right, differences will be respected and valued in our school. No child will be refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/ accent, gender, traveller status, asylum seeker/refugee status, religious or political beliefs or values, family or social status.
While recognising the rights of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice (where places are available) the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire reserves the right and the duty to determine the criteria used to accept children in to Junior Infants and in to other classes in the school. These criteria will be used by the Board in determining which applicants will be given priority when applicants out-number the places available.
The school is presently a twenty-three teacher school. This includes, the principal teacher, eleven single mainstream class teachers, two special class teachers catering for children diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum, three learning support/resource teachers, two resource teachers for traveller pupils, three language support teachers, a home school liaison teacher and one teacher under the Giving Children an Even Break Scheme. The ancillary staff comprises a secretary, caretaker, school completion worker and a number of special needs assistants. A full range of classes is taught from infants to sixth class.
What factors influenced the compilation of this enrolment policy
The following is a list of factors that were considered by the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire in drawing up a clear enrolment policy:
- Available space in classrooms and play areas.
- Availability of Grants and Teacher resources. The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down from time to time by the Department. The school policy must always take into account the resources and funding available.
- Educational needs of the children.
- The presence of children with special educational or behavioral needs.
- Department of Education & Science directives on maximum class size and on the minimum age for school enrolment. The Board will not consider enrolling a child unless they have reached their 4th Birthday by April 1st 2009 (This stipulation may be reviewed in order to keep the class size within the stated guidelines of this policy and in order to ensure that a full class of pupils is attained)
- Directives from the Patron, Most Rev. Michael Smith.
In the event that applications for enrolment exceed available spaces, applicant children will be enrolled strictly in accordance with the following criteria and in that order. If the number of applicants under category a outnumbers the places available, children will be prioritised and enrolled in order of age, beginning with the eldest. The same applies to the other categories should places then be available.
- Catholic children within the parish boundary and sisters and brothers of pupils already enrolled in the school.
- Children of current permanent staff, including ancillary staff.
- Catholic children living outside the parish boundary who do not have access to a Catholic school in their own parish.
- All other children living within the parish boundary.
- All other children from outside the parish boundary.
- Parents who wish to enroll their child in junior infants or subsequent years in the school must complete a pre-enrolment form.
- Parents of Catholic children must provide a baptismal certificate and parents of other children a birth certificate.
- Written application is required to be received by 1st June 2009, if possible, preceding the autumn starting date for junior infants.
- The school’s enrolment policy shall make it clear that decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy.
- Prior to the autumn starting date parents will receive a letter inviting them to a meeting with the school principal and class teacher(s) and will be given all relevant information.
- The school will inform parents of the number of children it intends enrolling in junior infants in that particular year.
- Parents will be made aware that neither the completion of an application form nor the placing of their child on a waiting list confers an automatic right to a place in the school. No processing of applications can be made before the closing date for applications, fixed by the Board of Management.
- Inaccurate information on the application form renders it null and void.
- Parents who are unhappy with an enrolment decision may appeal to the Board of Management. This appeal must be addressed, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal and lodged within ten days of receiving the final refusal.
- If unhappy with the outcome of this appeal, they may then appeal to the Department of Education and Science on the official form provided by this Department. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the final refusal from the school.
The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any pupil in exceptional cases. For example such an exceptional case could arise where either:
- the pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education, or
- in the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.
The parents of any pupil who has been refused enrolment, for any reason, are entitled to appeal that refusal pursuant to Section 29 of the Education act 1998 and, in such circumstances, should be advised in writing of their entitlement to such an appeal.
Review of Policy
Boards of Management have the right to review and propose amendments to this enrolment policy. Amendments proposed require the Patron’s approval before they become operative.
Pupils may transfer from other schools subject to available places in accordance with the stipulations of Scoil Mhuire Enrolment Policy, Department Guidelines and local agreements with other schools. The Department states that a parent may transfer a child from one national school to another at any time of the year, either with the consent of a Minister or when a transfer is made because of the change of the ordinary residence of the child. Application from other schools in the parish will only be considered if the Board of convinced that it is in the best interest of the child: A child will only be accepted for enrolment in such circumstances after the school is furnished with all relevant information regarding attendance and progress, under the terms of the Education Welfare Act 2000. The school also requires a letter from the child’s present school indicating the principal’s awareness of their intention.
Scoil Mhuire Primary School, Abbey Road, Navan, Co. Meath.
Admissions Policy for the Classes for Children with Autism, 2008-2009
The Board of Management (BOM) for ScoilMhuirePrimary School has developed this policy for the unit of two classes for children with autism, in conjunction with the overall policy for the school. This policy is set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, and the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2000 (EPSEN Act 2000) and the Educational Welfare Act 2002.
The school operates within the context and parameters of regulations laid down on a continuing basis by the Department of Education and Science (DES), the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act 1998, and the resources and funding available from the DES.
The unit operates an inclusive policy with regard to enrolment, and does not favour a particular religious ethos. Both male and female students are eligible to enrol. The school will consider students for enrolment in the age range 4-12, subject to review.
This unit caters for pupils with a confirmed diagnosis of autism, and whose cognitive ability falls within the average range of ability, i.e. I.Q. ranges from 80 upwards.
This policy applies to all applications to the Unit classes for Children with Autism, Scoil Mhuire, Abbey Road, Navan, Co. Meath, for the year 2007-2008, subject to review.
Scoil Mhuire National School depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science (DES). The school operates within the regulations laid down from time to time by the DES. This school policy shall have regard to the resources and funding available from the DES, and HSE.
The Unit for Children with Autism has two classes with two allocated teachers, and two Special Needs Assistants (SNA) in each class. These SNAs are not specifically allocated to individual children, but are assigned duties with students at the discretion of the Class Teacher. At no time will the class size in each class in the unit exceed 6 places, giving 12 places in the unit. All other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, such as physical space or the health and safety of children will be kept under continuous review. Additional support is received from the HSE Speech and Language Therapy Services and Occupational Therapy Services in varying forms, from direct provision to grants, and from NEPS in the form of 1.5 days per student per year, from 2008 to 2009, subject to review. The Principal will act as the liaison officer for the school with the parents.
The aim of the admissions policy for the unit for children with autism at Scoil Mhuire Primary School is to ensure that a fair and consistent procedure is used when deciding on individual applications. The policy consists of agreed criteria by the Board of Management, in consultation with National Educational Psychological Services (NEPS). The Chairperson of the Board of Management or the Principal of Scoil Mhuire Prim.