Enrolment Policy

To download a printable version of our enrolment policy please click on the following link: Enrolment Policy Sept2017

  • Please note this policy does not effect pupils who are already enrolled in Scoil Mhuire

ENROLMENT POLICY FOR SCOIL MHUIRE NS

INTRODUCTION

This enrolment policy was reviewed and updated by the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire in September 2017. 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.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

Scoil Mhuire is a primary co-educational Catholic school serving its catchment area within the parish of Esker. The following areas, within the parish of Esker, comprise the catchment area of Scoil Mhuire:

Airlie Heights, Dodsboro Cottages, Dodsboro Rd (Sth of N4), Finnstown Fairways, Hillcrest (including all roads named Hillcrest and Cherry Lawns, Meadowview Grove, Greenpark Road and Westbrook Park), Westbury, Shackleton Park, Somerton, The Paddocks, Tandy’s Lane (Sth of N4), Vesey Park.

Scoil Mhuire is under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. It is a vertical school providing primary education for pupils from age 4 – 12 years i.e. 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 Department of Education & Skills. 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 and can be viewed on the school’s website.

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, sexual orientation, political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

Pupils enrolled in Scoil Mhuire are required to co-operate with, and support, all published school policies, including the Code of Behaviour. Copies of these policies are available from our website (http://www.scoilmhuire.ie) or from the school office upon request. 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 and reflected in our Code of Behaviour.

Parents who accept a place for their child in Scoil Mhuire will be required to sign an undertaking to uphold the school’s policies including its Code of Behaviour. Parents must also accept the Catholic Ethos of the school as a condition of enrolment.

The Board of Management reserves the right to determine the number of classes at each class level and the maximum number of children in each class. This number will vary across class levels as factors such as:

  • 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
  • teaching resources provided to the school

will be taken into consideration. The maximum number of children accepted into our classes from Junior Infants to 6th Class will determined and/or reviewed by the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire each September (the beginning of the academic year).

ENROLMENT CRITERIA FOR CHILDREN SEEKING A PLACE IN JUNIOR INFANTS FOR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR

The Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire reserves the right to determine the number of Junior Infant classes and the number of Junior Infant pupils to be enrolled for the academic year beginning September 2018. This decision will be made in January 2018 after a review of completed pre-enrolment forms. The Board will consider a number of factors in making its decision including, but not limited to:

  • the number of applications received
  • the availability of classrooms within the school
  • resources and support provided to the school

The enrolment process for 2018’s Junior Infant classes will begin on the 1st of November 2017. On this date a pre-enrolment form will be available (both online and in hard copy) to parents and guardians to register their interest in their child or children attending Scoil Mhuire. These forms must be returned to the school or submitted online by 12 noon on December 22nd 2017. Excluding cases deemed exceptional, any forms returned after this date will be considered as ‘Category 4’ applicants.

Following a review of completed pre-enrolment applications, the following categories will be used, in descending order of priority, to select children for enrolment:

Category 1

  • A) Children of present staff members, who are 4 years of age on or before the 31st of March in the year of enrolment.
  • B) 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 31st of March in the year of enrolment.
  • C) Catholic children who are 4 years of age on or before the 31st of March in the year of enrolment, who are resident in our catchment area on the day they start school.

If the number of applications exceeds the number of available spaces, the following order of preference to applications will be applied: First preference will be given to those in Category 1A, second preference to those in Category 1B and third preference to those in Category 1C.

It is not expected that the number of applications in Category 1A will exceed the number of available places. If the number of applications in Category 1B exceeds the number of available/unfilled places, then preference will be afforded on the basis of age, with the eldest applicant children being preferred.

If the number of applications in Category 1C exceeds the number of available/unfilled places, then preference will be afforded on the basis of age, with the eldest applicant children being preferred.

Category 2

  • Non-Catholic children who are 4 years of age on or before 31st of March in the year of enrolment, who are resident in the school’s catchment area on the day they start school.

Places will be allocated to this group if vacancies exist when Category 1 applicants have been accommodated. If the number of applications in Category 2 exceeds the number of available/unfilled places, then preference will be afforded on the basis of age, with the eldest applicant children being preferred.

Category 3

  • Catholic children of families who are not resident in the catchment area, and are 4 years of age on or before 31st of March in the year of enrolment.

Places will be allocated to this group if vacancies exist when Category 1 and Category 2 applicants have been accommodated. If the number of applications in Category 3 exceeds the number of available/unfilled places, then preference will be afforded on the basis of age, with the eldest applicant children being preferred.

Category 4

  • Non-Catholic children of families who are not resident in the catchment area, and are 4 years of age on or before 31st of March in the year of enrolment.

Places will be allocated to this group if vacancies exist when Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3 applicants have been accommodated. If the number of applications in Category 4 exceeds the number of available/unfilled places, then preference will be afforded on the basis of age, with the eldest applicant children being preferred.

PROCEDURE FOR ENROLMENT OF CHILDREN FOR FUTURE JUNIOR INFANT CLASSES

Applications for admission to Junior Infants, beginning September 2018, will only be accepted on, or after, November 1st 2017. Applications for Junior Infant classes in 2019 or beyond will not be considered until November 1st in the year preceding the year of enrolment.

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 through our website http://www.scoilmhuire.ie) to the school by Christmas preceding the year that the child is to commence school.

Formal 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 does not confer a right to a place in the school. Places are allocated according to the enrolment criteria outlined.

ENROLMENT OF CHILDREN INTO EXISTING CLASSES

Children wishing to enrol into classes that already exist, or children seeking to transfer to Scoil Mhuire from other schools, are enrolled subject to the Rules Governing National Schools, Scoil Mhuire’s Enrolment Policy and the availability of places within the school.

The Board of Management have determined the following maximum numbers of pupils for each class level for Junior Infants to Sixth Class for the academic year beginning September 2017:

Class Level Maximum Number of Classes Maximum Number of Pupils
Junior Infants 3 80
Senior Infants 2 49
First Class 2 52
Second Class 2 58
Third Class 2 55
Fourth Class 2 53
Fifth Class 2 55
Sixth Class 2 46

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. If the number of applications received exceed the number of available spaces in any class from Senior Infants to Sixth Class, then the enrolment categories outlined in the ‘Enrolment Criteria for children seeking a place in Junior Infants’ section will apply.

Prior to making a determination on the enrolment of a child into any class from Senior Infants to Sixth class Scoil Mhuire will seek (where applicable):

  • reports from previous schools
  • educational, psychological or other relevant reports

Parents will be informed of a decision on enrolment applications within 21 days of receiving completed applications. Applications that have not included reports requested by Scoil Mhuire will not be considered complete. 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’.

*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 the new Junior Infant 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. 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.
  4. Prospective Junior Infant pupils and their parents are generally invited to visit the school on two afternoons in June to familiarize themselves with the classroom environment.

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.

APPEALS PROCEDURE
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.

Signed

Jack Butler

Chairperson BoM

 

One comment on “Enrolment Policy

  1. Nicole Concannon on said:

    to whom it may concern,
    I know im late in enrolling my son but im just enquiring if there is any possibility of registering him in your school. I had him enroled in 2 other schools but I have just moved back home to lucan and I would really like him to attend your school this coming September. His name is jack Byrne and his cousin Luke Concannon attends the school. his date of birth is 03/10/12 and he has been attending sunflowers preschool, ballyowen lane for the last 2 years. ive heard great reports about this school and would really appreaciate any help on this matter.
    Yours thankfully
    Nicole Concannon

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