Introductory Statement – This policy was devised by the In School Management team in consultation with the Principal, the Parent body and the Board of Management.
Rationale – This policy is a review of an existing policy and reflects current legislation regarding enrolment.
Relationship to Characteristic Spirit of the School – Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh (B) strives to create and provide an environment that is conducive to learning with learning opportunities for all. Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school.
Section A. General Information
This enrolment policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The chairperson of the Board of Management and the Principal teacher will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.
School Name: Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh
School Address: Curraheen Rd., Bishopstown, Cork
Telephone No.: 021 4543333
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Denominational Character: Catholic
Name of Patron: Bishop John Buckley
Designation: Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh (B), Roll No. 20077A is designated as a boys only school with the Patron’s approval and in accordance with Dept. of Education and Science procedures.
Range of Classes Taught: Junior infants to sixth class
This 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. This school policy has regard to the resources and funding currently available.
The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).
Within the context and parameters of Department of Education and Science regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act (1998) and the funding and resources available , the school supports the principles of:
- Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need
- Equality of access and participation in the school
- Parental choice in relation to enrolment
- Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society
Section B. Enrolment Procedures
- Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil an Spioraid naoimh (B) are requested to return a completed Preliminary Enrolment application form which is available online at bishopstownboysschool.ie
- All applicants’ names will be added to the enrolment waiting list for the appropriate school year.
- The school will hold an Open Night for parents in early November. In October, all parents of pupils who are on a waiting list will receive an invitation to the open night as well as an application pack.
- Completed applications must include birth cert, baptismal cert where applicable, medical/ psychological reports where applicable, signed permissions list and signed code of behaviour. The application will also include a non-refundable deposit.
- All completed applications must be returned to the school within one week of the Open Night.
- A list of applicants will be presented to the Board of Management within two weeks of the Open Night. All decisions regarding enrolment will be communicated to parents within one week of the Board meeting.
- Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area or depending on circumstances).
Provision of Key Information by Parents/Guardians
Certain information will be required when pupils are being enrolled. A specific enrolment application form is provided by the Board for that purpose. Information required will include:
- Pupil’s name, date of birth and address
- Name and address of pupils parents/guardians
- Contact telephone numbers
- Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency
- Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of
- Previous schools attended, if any, and reasons for transfer, if applicable
- Any other relevant information (including any such further information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act (2000) or Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (2004)
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy.
As a general principle and in so far as is practicable and having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application
The Board will have regard to relevant Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and/or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, including physical space and the health and welfare of children.
The Board is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.
In the event that applications for enrolment exceed/are expected to exceed the number of places available the Board will exercise its discretion in the application of the following criteria. The criteria includes any or all of the following though not necessarily in this order:
- Are siblings of the proposed new entrant already in the school
- Ages of the children
- Parish boundaries/Diocesan policies
- Children of staff members
- Ethos considerations
- Other considerations as may be applicable at time of enrolment
Pupils Transferring to other schools
Pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school enrolment policy, local arrangements and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Science and NEWB
It is normal that pupils are enrolled on the first day of the school year. Pupils may be enrolled throughout the school year subject to the school’s enrolment policy.
Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, will request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of the
assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required.
Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the Special Education Needs Organiser (NCSE see Circular 01/05) to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report. These resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, Resource Teacher for Special Needs, Special Needs Assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.
The school will meet with the parents of the child and with the SENO to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. Where necessary/possible, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, Principal, class teacher, Learning Support Teacher, Special Class Teacher, Resource Teacher for Special Needs, Special Educational Needs Organiser , psychologist or other service providers as appropriate.
The Board of Management may defer enrolment of a pupil with Special Needs until such time as all necessary resources are in place in the school.
Code of Behaviour
Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School / Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation, & management. The Board of Management places Parents/ Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way. The Board of Management may refuse to enrol a pupil should that child’s parents/guardians refuse to sign the code of good behaviour.
Roles and Responsibility
It is the responsibility of the Board of Management, through the work of the Principal, to make sure that enrolment practises and procedures are carried out in accordance with this policy
Signed: ______________________________________ Date: _____________________
Prof. E.C. Synnott,
Board Of Management