Scoil Mhuire, Woodview Hts/Airlie Hts (RN 19817H)
This enrolment policy was reviewed and updated by the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire in June 2015. It is written in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. The aim of our school enrolment policy is to assist parents and prospective parents in relation to enrolment matters.
Scoil Mhuire is a primary co-educational Catholic school serving the parish of Esker / Adamstown / Dodsboro. The school is under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. It is a vertical school providing primary education for pupils from aged 4years – 12years ie junior infants to sixth class.
Scoil Mhuire operates under the Rules for National Schools and Department of Education and Skills guidelines. The School is staffed in accordance with the schedule laid out each school year by the DES. The school is funded by annual grant aid from the Department of Education and Skills.
Scoil Mhuire follows the curriculum prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Section 9 & 30 of the Education Act 1998. All pupils enrolled in the school are expected to participate in all aspects of the curriculum which includes the following subjects: English, Gaeilge, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science, Visual Arts, Music, Drama, and Physical Education.
The school provides Religious Education for Catholic pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Non-Catholic pupils may be exempted from the religious education programme at the request of their parents.
The Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire has formally adopted and implemented Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary School, 2011 which is based on Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011. Copies of our “Child Protection Policy” are available from the school office.
Within the context and parameters of Department Regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act, and the funding and resources available, equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school. No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, gender, traveller status, nationality, political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.
Pupils enrolled in Scoil Mhuire are required to co-operate with and support the school Code of Behaviour as well as other policies. A copy of the school code of Behaviour is available to all parents. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with the policies in an age appropriate manner. In the unlikely situation of repeated serious misbehaviour the school will follow procedures for suspension and expulsion as set out in the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) guidelines.
Parents who accept a place for their child in Scoil Mhuire will be required to sign an undertaking to uphold the school Code of Behaviour and other policies. Parents must also accept the Catholic Ethos of the school as a condition of enrolment.
The BOM reserves the right to determine the number of classes at each class level and the maximum number of children in each 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, DES class average directives and teaching resources provided to the school.
ENROLMENT CRITERIA FOR CHILDREN SEEKING A PLACE IN JUNIOR INFANTS CLASS
The following criteria will be used, in descending order of priority, to select children for enrolment:
· Catholic children who are 4 years of age on or before the 30th April in the year of enrolment, who are resident in the parish of Esker / Adamstown / Dodsboro on the day they start school.
· Siblings of children (this includes children who have been fostered by parents of already enrolled children or past pupils)already enrolled in or past pupils of Scoil Mhuire who are 4 years of age on or before the 30th April in the year of enrolment.
· Children of present staff members, who are 4 years of age on or before the 30th April in the year of enrolment.
Places will be allocated to children in this group in order of date of birth.
· Non-Catholic children who are 4 years of age on or before 30th April in the year of enrolment, who are resident in the parish on the day they start school.
Places will be allocated to this group (in order of date of birth) if vacancies exist when Category 1 children have been accommodated.
· Catholic children of families who are not resident in the parish, and who are 4 years of age on or before the 30th April in the year of enrolment.
Places will be allocated to this group (in date of birth order) if vacancies exist when category 1 & 2 children have been accommodated
· Non-Catholic children of families who are not resident in the parish, and are 4 years of age on or before 30th April in the year of enrolment.
Places will be allocated to this group (in date of birth order) if vacancies exist when category 1, 2, & 3 children have been accommodated.
PROCEDURE FOR ENROLMENT OF CHILDREN FOR JUNIOR INFANTS CLASSES
Applications will only be accepted after October 1st of the year preceding the September you wish your child to start in Scoil Mhuire.
Pre Enrolment Stage
Parents seeking to enrol their child are required to return a completed Pre Enrolment Application Form (available from the school office or downloadable from our website www.scoilmhuire.ie) to the school by Christmas preceding the year that the child is to commence school.
Enrolment for Junior Infants normally takes place each year in February. Advance notification of enrolment dates are placed on the school website and in Lucan Parish newsletter.
All families in the school will be sent a text in the first week of December preceding the year your child is to commence school, giving them advance notice for siblings to be enrolled.
Formal Registration Stage
At Formal Registration stage (late January/early February) all Category 1 applicants will be requested to present themselves and their child over 3 mornings to the school, bringing with them the following documents;
1. An original long form of Birth Certificate for your child
2. A Baptismal Certificate if the child is baptized as a Catholic.
3. Two recent Utility Bills as proof of present address.
4. Any other relevant reports ie medical /psychological/speech & language reports *
At this meeting each parent/guardian is required to fill out and sign an application form.
Please Note: Incorrect Information submitted regarding enrolment eligibility renders an application invalid. Parents of children who are enrolled on the basis of misinformation will be asked to withdraw their son/daughter from the school. Proof of residence will be sought to determine eligibility as per above.
The completion of an application form or the placement of a child’s name on a waiting list does not confer a right to a place in the school. Places are allocated according to the enrolment criteria outlined.
*CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS SEEKING TO ENROL IN SCOIL MHUIRE
We ask parents to inform the school if your child has an identified special need or if there are concerns about any aspect of your child’s development that might be relevant to the school. This will assist the school to ensure that suitable educational/assistive technology/teaching/care needs resources can be sought to support the child’s needs.
Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills to the Board of Management.
* It is the policy of Scoil Mhuire to request an up-to-date Psychological Report and / or Medical Report etc for a child with identified special needs who is seeking a place in this school. The purpose of assessment reports is to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child relevant to his / her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required. Where the Board deems that further resources are required it will make an application (with the consent of parents) to the National Council for Special Education ( NCSE) and/or Department of Education and Skills ( DES) to seek the provision of resources to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and / or medical report.
PROCEDURE FOR OFFERS OF SCHOOL ENROLMENT AND ACCEPTANCE OF ENROLMENT
1. If applicants have fulfilled the conditions of enrolment and produced all the necessary documentation, offers of enrolment for Junior Infants’ classes will be notified to parents in writing (to the address as per enrolment application form) before Easter.
2. Acceptance of a place must be confirmed in writing by parents.
3. All pupils who are accepted for enrolment will be registered as per the name on their birth certificate.
4. Parents of pupils who accept school places for junior infants will be invited to an Information Meeting in the school normally in May. It is imperative that parents attend this important meeting.
5. Prospective junior infant pupils and their parents are invited to visit the school on two afternoons in June to familiarize themselves with the classroom environment.
ENROLMENT OF CHILDREN IN CLASSES OTHER THAN JUNIOR INFANTS
Children wishing to enrol into classes (senior infants – sixth class) or children seeking to transfer to Scoil Mhuire from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules Governing National Schools, as well as Scoil Mhuire Enrolment Policy. Pupils may apply to transfer to the school, subject to school policy and subject to the availability of places in classes.
It is advised that parents who seek enrolment for child/ren or who seek to transfer a child/children from another school should apply to Scoil Mhuire in advance of the commencement of the school year. When a child is accepted for enrolment, Scoil Mhuire normally seek school reports and with parental permission will request other relevant reports etc from a pupils’ previous school.
In cases where children seek to enrol or seek to transfer from another school, parents will be informed of availability of places in Scoil Mhuire within 21 days of application for enrolment. This also applies to children whose parents apply to enrol them mid year.
For children seeking enrolment into the ASD Special Class please refer to a separate enrolment policy – also available on our website. This is known as the Enrolment Policy for ASD Class.
REFUSAL TO ENROL IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES
The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse enrolment in exceptional circumstances where (i) a child has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from DES/NCSE, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education (ii) in the opinion of the Board of Management a child poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff and/or school property.
Parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision may appeal to the Board of Management. The appeal must be addressed, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal. Parents who are dissatisfied with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Skills under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. The appeal must be lodged within 42 days of the receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol their child.