The Board of Management of Naíscoil Íde (hereinafter called The School )hereby sets out its Enrolment and Admission Policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and following guidance from our patron, the Archbishop of Dublin and the Board trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management or the Principal Teacher will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy.
As a Roman Catholic school, the school aims at promoting the full harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith.
The school shall have in place appropriate channels of communication and procedures
- To enable applications for admission to the school to be handled in an open, transparent manner
- To put in place criteria under which applications shall be considered
- To ensure that these criteria are informed by our Ethos, our Mission Statement & current legislation
- To specify what information is required by the school at the time of application
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school.
General School Information
Name of School: Naíscoil Íde
Telephone No. 8317688
Naíscoil Íde is a co-educational infant Roman Catholic school under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. As a Roman Catholic school, the school aspires to create a welcoming positive environment where children can reach their full potential in an atmosphere that is child centered, tolerant, caring and safe.
At present, the teaching staff is comprised of 15 class Teachers, 1 Principal Teacher, 3 Learning Support Teachers, 1 Resource Teacher, 1 part-time Resource Teacher, 5 Classroom Assistants and ancillary staff. Classes of mixed gender from Junior Infants to First are taught in the school. The school is funded by and depends on grants and teacher resources provided by the department of education and skills (hereinafter called “The Department”) and operates within the regulations laid down by The Department. The School must take due regard to the resources and funding made available from The Department. The School follows the curricular programmes prescribed by The Department, 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 the Department of Education and Skills regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron, as set out in the Education Act (1998), and the funding and resources available, Naíscoil Íde supports the principles of:
- Inclusiveness, with particular reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need, children of different ethnic background, children with traveler status, children seeking asylum, children of refugee status, children with different religions and political beliefs.
- Equality of access and participation in The School
- Parental choice in relation to enrolment.
- Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages, and ways of life in society.
Junior Infant Enrolment Procedure
Parents/legal guardians seeking to enroll pupils in Naíscoil Íde are requested by 31st January in the calendar year of school start date to return completed Application Forms together with the child’s original Birth Certificate and original Baptismal Certificate (if applicable), to the school, along with an original utility bill or other proof of permanent address acceptable to the Board of Management. All documents will be photocopied by The School and returned to the parents/legal guardians. The application cannot be processed unless all documents are received by the closing date of 31st January in the calendar year of school start date.
No advantage is attached to early applications and parents/legal guardians of children must wait until they are within one year of commencement of school to apply.
All decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of Naíscoil Íde in accordance with school policy. The Board of Management shall notify Parents/Guardians of its decision in writing within 21 days of the closing date of application. Successful applicants must confirm to The School in writing their acceptance of the place within 21 days of receipt of the offer. Should a place become available subsequently, due to a cancellation, those who were initially unsuccessful will be considered in light of The School’s enrolment criteria. A waiting list will be kept until the first day of the new school year.
If the number of children on the Waiting List exceeds the number of places available, the following prioritizing criteria are used:
Catholic children of the parish and brothers and sisters of pupils already in the school, and children of current staff.
Catholic children who live outside the parish and do not have a Catholic school in their parish.
Other children who live within the parish boundaries but are not Catholic.
If there are still vacancies remaining these will be allocated to applicants from outside the parish boundaries.
In the event that there are more applicants within any category than there are available places, priority will be given to children within the particular category in order of age, starting with the oldest.
Parents will be provided with the schools Code of Behaviour and will be required to confirm in writing that the Code of Behaviour, as provided, is acceptable to them and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such Code by the child, as well as the school's designated policies on Curriculum, Organization and Management.
While recognising the rights of parents/guardians to enroll their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management must also respect the rights of the existing school community, at all times acting in the best interests of the children. 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 Department maximum class average directives.
- The teaching allocation which is determined by the enrolment as of 30th September in the previous school year.
The Board of Management of Naíscoil Íde is bound by the Department of Education and Skills Rules for National Schools which provide 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 and over.
Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
In relation to the enrolment of a child with special needs, recent relevant reports i.e. educational assessments, speech and language reports, occupational therapy reports, hearing and vision reports and, if applicable, a medical report will be required. This is to enable the school to establish the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs, to profile the support services required and to assess the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. The school may meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. When necessary a full case conference involving all parties will be held. Notwithstanding the availability of resources, parents of children who are dissatisfied with the level of educational provision in The School are advised to consider another school which may be better designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.
Pupils Transferring from Other Schools.
Pupils may transfer to Naíscoil Íde subject to school policy, available space and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Skills. It is a requirement of the Board of Management that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress be communicated between schools (Section 28, Education Welfare Act 200).
The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any pupil in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could arise where either:
- The pupil has needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education or
- In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.
Right of Appeal
Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 provides for a right of appeal against a decision to refuse enrolment. Appeals must be made 42 calendar days from the date the decision of the school was notified to the parents/guardians. Information on this procedure may be obtained at www.education.ie .
In line with Department of Education policy children progress to the next grade at the end of each school year. Following Department policy children should only be allowed to repeat a year in exceptional circumstances, about which the Board will adjudicate. The Boards decision will be final.
The policy will be reviewed regularly in the light of experience. It will be reviewed by the full staff and Board of Management every four years. Next review of this policy will occur before or during the school year 2016/2017, or earlier if deemed necessary.
This policy was ratified at a meeting of the Board of Management on 21st January 2013. This policy will take effect from 22nd January 2013.
This policy was reviewed and ratified on 9th September 2013 and reviewed again on 3/3/14, and 27th August 2015
John Swords Chairperson B.O.M. Naíscoil Íde