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Enrolment

This enrolment/admissions policy for Scoil Aodán Naofa was drawn up in consultation with teaching staff and the parent body, giving due regard to the Education Act ’98 and the Education Welfare Act 2000 and was sanctioned by the Board of Management, Scoil Aodán Naofa, Carnew on ______________

Rationale

This policy is necessary to provide for the effective admission of children to our school and to inform parents/ guardians of the procedures involved when enlisting their child in our school.

Aims

The Aims of the policy are to:

(1)     to provide information about the school and of it’s ethos to parents/guardians (see appendix !)

(2)     to facilitate the effective organisation to the admissions process

(3)     to provide a welcoming and informative first contact for new parents/guardians.

 

General

Scoil Aodán Naofa, Carnew is a co-educational primary school under patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Ferns. There are currently 14 teachers on staff, comprising of an Administrative Principal, two full time and two shared learning support\resource teachers for children with special educational needs and nine mainstream class teachers, including the Deputy Principal and three teachers with special duties.  In addition, we also have two special needs assistant, a secretary and a school caretaker.  We also currently have a part-time resource teacher, shared with All Saint’s N.S. Carnew.

 

Scoil Aodán Naofa caters for children from Junior Infants to sixth class, boys and girls combined and our curriculum is consistent with 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).

 

Scoil Aodán Naofa is dependent on the grants and teaching resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and we operate by the regulations laid down by the Department, which are subject to amendment from time to time.  Our ability to provide for the children’s educational needs and to carry out policies is subject to adequate funding and resources being made available to us.

  

Application Procedures

1. (a)  There is a registration week in the second term of each year.  If at all possible, the enrolling child should be present with his/her parent(s) at the time of enrolment.

 

    (b)  Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Aodán Naofa are 

           requested to return a completed  Enrolment Application Form (available in  

           office) with an original Birth / Adoption Certificate to the school during

           enrolment week each year.

 

2.    Children cannot be admitted before their fourth birthday.  Compulsory attendance, however, does not apply until the child reaches the age of six.

  

The Board recommends that children should be 4 years of age before May 1stof enrolment year before they are enrolled in our school. Children of Junior Infant age will be admitted to the school normally on the first day of term in August/September. Thereafter, a child will only be admitted to Junior Infants if he / she is transferring from another school and subject to Board of Management Enrolment Policy and approval.

 

3.   Other pupils are enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area,   

subject to acceptance of school policies, available space and on providing a letter  of referral from their previous school. Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the rules governing National Schools, as well as our own school’s policy.

 

4.  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 and management. The BOM places Parents / Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age appropriate way. 

 

5.  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, cultural status, asylum-seeker/refugee

     status, religious/.political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

 

6. While recognising the rights of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Scoil Aodán Naofa is also responsible for respecting 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. Assisting the school in such circumstances, the BOM reserves the right to determine the

  

a)                    maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:

b)                   Size of  and or available space in classroom.

c)                    Educational needs of children of a particular age.

d)                   Multi-grade classes.

e)                    Presence of children with special educational / behavioural needs.

f)                    DES maximum class average directives.

 

7. In the event of a number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year (due to the BOM being unable to provide suitable accommodation, or recruit the required teaching staff) the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:

a) Brothers and sisters (including step-siblings, resident at same address) of children already enrolled – priority to oldest.

b) Children living within the parish (in the case of parish schools) – priority to oldest.

c) Children of current school staff – priority to oldest.

d) Children whose home address is closest to the school (measured by a straight line on an OS map) if the child is normally resident outside the parish / agreed catchment area.

e) In the event of being unable to enrol a child(ren) from categories a, b, or c, in given class at the beginning of a year, or mid year, such children will receive priority (in order of a, b, c) for the subsequent school year over other children on the class waiting list.

 

8.   Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management.

 

9.   Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are unsatisfied with the level of educational provision in our school are advised to consider a special school which is designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.

 

10. A decision in respect of all applications will be issued to parents within 21 days of receipt of the application and subject to the receipt of all the requested documentation as stated in section 1(b).

 

11. The enrolment policy is subject to changes in accordance with D.E.S. directives and legislative changes.

 

12 This policy will be reviewed every 4 years or as needs to amend arise.

 

13. A Copy of the School’s Code of Behaviour is attached to this policy as appendix 2.

 

14. Right of Appeal

Section 29 of the education Act 1998 provides for a right of appeal against a decision to refuse enrolment. Notice of refusal will inform parents of their right to appeal and to whom the appeal should be made.

 

15. A copy of this policy is (a) given to parents/guardians when enrolling their child(ren) (b) available on the school website www.carnewnationalschool.com or   available to view from school office.

 

Reviewed and ratified by Board of Management

 

On __________________ Signed _______________________

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