Enrolment Policy

St. Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole, Mallow, Co. Cork.     Phone: 029 – 58410

Enrolment Policy (Revised June 2011)

General introduction In introducing its enrolment policy, the Board of Management of St. Brendan’s National School is setting out its policy in accordance with the provision of the Education Act 1998. The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. Furthermore, the Chairperson of the Board of Management, Donal McCarthy. Rathcoole and the Principal teacher, Susan O’Connor (029) 58410 , will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy. The School operates under the Rules for National Schools, The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), enacted sections of The Education of Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004), all relevant equality legislation and Department of Education and Skills (DES) Circulars.

General Information

Name of school: St. Brendan’s N.S. School address: Rathcoole, Mallow, Co. Cork. Roll No: 12362F School telephone No: (029) 58410

The school’s denominational character: Catholic. Name of patron: Bishop Bill Murphy of Kerry.

Class teachers: 4 (incl. Principal) Learning Support Teacher/ Resource: One full time based in school

Range of classes taught: Junior infants, Senior infants, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes.

Gender Orientation of School: St. Brendan’s is a mixed school. The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills and it operates within regulations laid down from time to time by the Department. School policies therefore have regard to the resources and funding available. The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and , Skills 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 regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act, and the funding and resources available, St. Brendan’s supports the principles of:

  1. Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational needs;
  2. Equality of access and participation in the school;
  3. Parental choice in relation to enrolment;
  4. Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

School Day Classes commence.9.20 a.m.  Lunch 12.30 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.            Infants go home at 2.00 p.m.                  All other pupils go home at 3.00 p.m.

The Procedures for Enrolment

1. Provision of Key information by Parents: A specific standardised enrolment application form will be provided by the Board of Management for this purpose. (Appendix 1). A copy of this form can be obtained by (a) telephone (029-58410) (b) post: The Secretary, St. Brendan’s N.S., Rathcoole

2. Application procedure: Parents of pupils who wish to apply to enrol will be required to complete and sign a standardised application form.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 10th April (year of enrolment) A registration form (Appendix 2) also forms part of the enrolment procedure. This form will accompany the letter of offer that will be sent to parents/guardians of successful applicants. The completed registration form must be returned to the school within the timeline specified in the letter of offer. Failure to do so will be interpreted as a refusal of the offer to enroll.

3. Communication The school will communicate enrolment procedures generally to the school community through written notes / letters to parents, parish announcements or other appropriate media seen as relevant by the school. The address at which the applicant resides will be the address used by the school for correspondence regarding enrolment. The completion of an enrolment application form or the placement of your child’s/ward’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.

4. Decision Making Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of St. Brendan’s National School in accordance with school policy and parents will be notified of the Board’s decision with 21 days of the closing date for receipt of applications. The Board of Management shall have regard for any relevant Department of Education and Skills guidelines in relation to class size or staffing provisions and or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation such as physical space or the health and welfare of children. The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education and Skills’ Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years. Children applying to enroll in St. Brendan’s N.S. must have reached the age of 4 years by August 31st of the year they will  commence school. In the event that applications for enrolment exceed/are expected to exceed the number of places available, the –following decision making criteria will apply: • Where there are siblings of the proposed new entrant already attending the School (including step-siblings resident at the same address, priority eldest; • Children residing in the parish, priority eldest; • Children of staff members; priority eldest • Random Selection/ Lottery, independently verified.

5. Admission Date: Junior Infants, with the exception of students transferring from another school, may only be admitted to the school prior to 30th September, (year of enrolment).

6. Pupils transferring: Pupils may apply to transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy and available space. It is a requirement of the Board of Management that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress be communicated between schools in accordance with the relevant section of the Education and Welfare Act 2000.

7. Enrolment of children with special needs: On 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 could 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 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, facilities, transport services or other. The school will meet the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the schools capability in meeting those needs. If necessary, 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 or Psychologist, as appropriate.

8. Code of Behaviour The school Code of Behaviour is appended (Appendix 3)

Appeals The Board of Management of School Name in compliance with section 19(3) of the Educational Welfare Act 2000 will make a decision in writing in respect of an application for enrolment within 21 days of the closing date for the receipt of enrolment applications and will inform the parents/guardians in writing of that decision. Parents/guardians will be informed of their entitlement to appeal a decision of the Board of Management in relation to a refusal to enrol in the letter issued 21 days after the closing date for the receipt of applications. (Please note the address at which the applicant resides will be the address used by the school for correspondence regarding enrolment). If the Board of Management refuses to enrol a student in the school, the parent/guardian of the student may appeal the decision at local level. The appeal must be submitted within 10 days of the date of the refusal to enrol. It must be made in writing, addressed to the Chairperson of the Board, and clearly state the grounds for the appeal. The Board of Management will respond within 10 days of the receipt of such an appeal. If following the conclusion of the appeal procedures at school level, a parent/guardian is dissatisfied with the decision made that parent/guardian has a statutory entitlement under section 29 of the Education Act (as amended by Section 4 of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007, to appeal that decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science. It should be noted that such an appeal must be lodged within 42 days of the schools refusal to enrol. Details on appealing decisions on enrolment under section 29 of the Education Act (as amended by Section 4 of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2007), are available on the Department of Education and Science website at www.education.ie

Exceptional Cases The Board of Management of St. Brendan’s N.S. reserves the right to refuse enrolment or, to rescind an offer of enrolment to any child, in exceptional cases.  Such an exceptional case could arise where either:

  1. The child 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 student with an appropriate education, or
  2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.

Policy Approval/Ratification The policy was ratified by the Board of Management of St. Brendan’s N.S. Also the contents of this policy have been approved by St. Senan’s Education Office, acting on behalf of the Patron.

Appendix (1)

Enrolment Application Form

St. Brendan’s N.S Enrolment Year:________________

Pupil’s First Name:       _________________________ Surname:     _________________________

Date of Birth:                _________________________ Gender:       _________________________

Address (at which the applicant resides):           ____________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

Name and class of Sibling(s) currently enrolled: _________________________________________

Parish in which the applicant resides __________________________________________________

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Details: Name: _____________________________________ [  ] Parent  [  ] Custodian  [  ] Legal Guardian Address: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ HomeTel.:__________________ Mobile:__________________ Email: _____________________

Name: _____________________________________ [  ] Parent  [  ] Custodian  [  ] Legal Guardian Address: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________

Home Tel. __________________ Mobile __________________ Email. _____________________

Signature 1:      __________________________ Signature 2:  _________________________

Date:                _________________

Completed enrolment applications must be returned to St. Brendan’s N.S. no later than 10th April.

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