Enrolment Policy

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Enrolment Policy

Introduction

Enrolment of pupils in Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa (“the school”) is at the discretion of the Board of Management (“the Board”) and takes place in accordance with the Rules for National Schools and other relevant orders and regulations. The school is in St. Kevin’s Parish, Glendalough, under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin.

The school follows the Primary School Curriculum (1999) as set down by the Department of Education and Science:

This vision of education can be expressed in the form of three general aims:

  • To enable the child to live a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual
  • To enable the child to develop as a social being through living and cooperating with others and to contribute to the good of society
  • To prepare the child for further education and lifelong learning.

Primary School Curriculum (page 7).

Policy

Under the Education Act of 1998 the Board is obliged to publish the policy of the school concerning admission to and participation in the school.

We as the Board undertake our duties guided by principles, which include;

  • To promote and uphold the characteristic spirit of the school as a Catholic primary school.
  • To promote Christian values, attitudes and principles.
  • To respond to the educational needs of the children admitted to the school, including special requirements, in so far as the resources of the school allow.
  • To provide an educational environment and experience, which will as far as resources permit; ensure the full and harmonious development of the children admitted to the school.
  • To operate an enrolment policy that is clear and fair to the children, to parents, to teachers and the Board.

Making an Application

Parents wishing to have their children enrolled in the School must complete fully the School’s “Enrolment Application” form, a copy of which may be obtained from the school. Applications must be fully completed and returned with all the necessary accompanying documentation (see end of page). Failure to fully complete forms may result in refusal to admit a student. Further relevant information may be sought at a later stage.

Criteria

The Board will have regard for 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 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 order for a child to be enrolled in any class, a place must be available.

In the event of applications for enrolment exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will apply[

  • Catholic children, resident in St. Kevin’s Parish, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, brothers and sisters of pupils in the school.
  • Son/daughter of a member of the school staff.
  • Non Catholic children but resident in the catchment area.
  • Catholic children resident outside the catchment area.
  • Non Catholic children resident outside the catchment area.

Please Note:

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

For the purposes of this policy, the catchment area is defined as the geographical area of St. Kevin’s Parish, Glendalough, and if outside the parish, the nearest primary school to the child’s home.

While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, is also responsible to respect the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled. This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the principles of natural justice and acting in the best interest of all children. In certain circumstances a child with specific needs may have their enrolment application reviewed by the NEPS psychologist (see Appendix 1). Assisting the school in such circumstances, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:

  • Size of available space in classrooms
  • Educational needs of children of a particular age.
  • Multi-grade classes
  • Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.

The enrolment of children with special needs will be considered in accordance with the guidelines laid out by the Department of Education and Science. Reference can be made to the Application Procedure For Enrolment To Special Classes For Children With Autism (Appendix 1). The Board reserves the right: to request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report, or where such a report is not available to request that the child be assessed, as soon as possible.

The purpose of the assessment report is to assist in establishing the educational and training needs, and the required support services for the child. This will enable the Principal and staff to meet with the Special Educational Needs Organisers (S.E.N.O.) and or psychologists to establish how best to meet the child’s needs.

The Board reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil in exceptional cases. 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.
  • In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils to school staff or to school property.
  • All children enrolled in Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, Glendalough are required to co-operate with and support the Code of Behaviour of the School as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management.
  • The denominational affiliation of a child will be determined using the information submitted with the ‘Enrolment Application’ and such additional information as may be requested. Where these items of information do not accompany the ‘Enrolment Application’ form the application will placed further down the criteria list.

The completed “Enrolment Application” should be accompanied by,

  • Original Birth /Adoption Certificate,
  • Baptismal Certificate, if child is baptised.
  • most recent school report (if child is transferring from another school)

*Applications will not be accepted in respect of children who will have not reached the age of four years in Sept. 1st of the year of application.

 

*Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa’s Complete Enrollment Policy is available from the school upon request.