Scoil Éimhín Naofa Primary School Enrolment Policy
/ ADMISSIONS POLICY
A. GENERAL INFORMATION
Board of Management of Scoil Eimhín Naofa, Monasterevin
is setting out its Enrolment/Admissions
in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 Section 15(2). The
Board of Management trusts that by doing so,
will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. Mr.
Chairperson of the Board of Management and Mr. Declan Costello,
be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.
Denis Nulty, Kildare and Leighlin Diocese
9.10 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. (Junior and Senior Infants)
9.10 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (1st – 6th classes)
Morning Break: 10.50 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
Break: 12.30p.m. – 1.10 p.m.
This policy aims to ensure that the appropriate
procedures are in place to enable the school
Section 9 (j) of the
Education Act 1998 specifies, that “A recognised school shall …Subject to
this Act and particular section 15 (2) (d), establish and maintain an admissions
policy which provides for maximum accessibility to the school”.
Where a Board or a
person acting on behalf of the Board;
excludes a student from a school, or
a student from attendance at a school for a period to be prescribed for the
of this paragraph, or
to enrol a student in a school, or
a decision of a class which the Minister, following consultation with patrons,
national associations of parents, recognised school management organisations,
recognised trade unions and staff associations representing teachers, may from
time to time determine may be appealed in accordance with this section.
of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of eighteen
years, the student, may, within a reasonable time from the date that the parent
or student was informed of the decision and following the conclusion of any
appeal procedures provided by the school or the patron, in accordance with
section 28, appeal that decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education
and Skills and that
appeal shall be heard by a committee appointed under subsection (2)
2. For the
purpose of the hearing and determination of an appeal under this section, the
Minister shall appoint one or more than one committee (in this section referred
to as an ‘appeals committee’) each of which shall include in its membership
an Inspector and such other persons as the Minister considers appropriate.
3. Where a
committee is appointed under subsection (2) the Minister shall
appoint one of its number to be the chairperson of that committee and who, in
the case of an equal division of votes, shall have a second or casting vote.
hearing and determining an appeal under this section, an appeals committee shall act in
accordance with such procedures as may be determined from time to time by the
Minister following consultation with patrons, national associations of parents,
recognised school management organisations and recognised trade unions and staff
associations representing teachers.
who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of
Management. It must be addressed, in writing, to the Secretary of the
Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within ten days of
receiving the refusal. The Board will give a decision on this appeal within ten
recognising the right of parents/guardians
in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Scoil Eimhín
the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the
already enrolled. This requires balanced judgements
the principles of natural justice and acting in the best interest of all children.
Assisting the school in such circumstances,
determine the maximum number of children in each separate
bearing in mind
(a) size of /
available space in classrooms
needs of children of a particular age
(d) presence of
children with special educational/behavioural needs
Health and Safety concerns regarding children and staff members
of Education and Skills’
maximum class average directives (currently 27:1)
keeping with the Primary School Curriculum (1999) the school follows a well-balanced,
broadly based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural,
intellectual and physical development of all the pupils. It is the policy of the
Board of Management that the school follows the curricular programmes prescribed
by the Department of Education & Skills, which may be amended from time to
time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.
regarding enrolment are placed in the Monasterevin
note, text, school website and
There is a
Registration Week in the school, usually at the end of January
who wish to enrol pupils in
Scoil Eimhín Naofa will
be required to complete a
form. Requests for application forms may be made by parents and guardians in
Ø call in person to the school;
Ø telephone request;
of the Child’s Birth Certificate and Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate (if
a current utility bill (such as a gas, electricity or
telephone or mobile phone bill)
a current car or home insurance policy that shows your
a document issued by a government department that
shows your address
a list of your tax credits
a current balancing statement from Revenue
a social insurance document (that shows your address)
a letter from your employer or licensed employment
agency stating that you have recently arrived in Ireland and have started work
but cannot yet provide evidence of your Irish address (you will have to provide
evidence of your address at a later date)
The registration process is initiated on receipt by the
school of a completed application form. This
form must be signed and dated by one or both parents/guardians.
The form will be date stamped
Date of application, child's date of birth, address and telephone contact number
are recorded in the
Entry in the School Record of Applications means that an application will be
considered in early
Following this evaluation, the Principal will make a recommendation to the
Board, listing proposed
Those who are offered places are required
to accept within a 2 week period.
of key information by parents:
Board of Management
will require the following information when children are being enrolled.
of children for whom Enrolment Application Forms, State
event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given
exceeding the number
(a) Siblings of pupils currently or previously enrolled in our school.
Catholic children living within the school’s catchment area – see Appendix 1 – and children of
(c) Other children living within the school’s catchment area – see
school’s catchment area – see Appendix 1.
(e) Other children living outside the school’s catchment area – see
event that there are more applicants within any category than there are
Children who are four years of age before September 1st
of the school
year of the
will be notified in writing of the availability of a place within
shall include an Acceptance Form. Parents/Guardians are required
the available place in
within a two-week period (date stated on letter).
New Junior lnfants spend one informal afternoon
in school with
familiarise themselves with their
environment. Parents are given a copy of:
received after the relevant Board of Management meeting will not be considered
until the following year, unless there are available places.
of Junior Infants normally takes place on the first day of the academic year.
Any child who has not reached his/her fourth birthday
will not be
enrolled at any time.
Enrolment of Pupils with Special Needs:
Primary School supports the principles of inclusiveness,
access and participation, within the context of the Department of Education
regulations and programmes.
In relation to enrolment of pupils with special needs,
all applications should be accompanied by
of the following may be appropriate:
such reports are not available
are more than two years old, the Board will request that
purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the
further resources are required, the Board requests the Department of Education
Principal will meet with the parents/guardians of the child before the child’s official enrolment
Principal, Psychologist, Speech Therapist, OT
psychological, medical, speech/language, occupational therapy and any other reports will be
may transfer to the school at any time, subject to the
policy of the school
and available space.
8. Exceptional Circumstances
school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any pupil in exceptional cases.
Such an exceptional case could arise where either:
10. Code of Behaviour
pupils who are enrolled in Scoil Eimhín Naofa
Primary School are required to co-operate with and support the school’s Code
and Discipline including
Friendship and Inclusion Policy (Anti-Bullying) in accordance with Section 24(4) of the Education Welfare Act
2000 as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation,
procedures and practices. The Board of Management places parents/guardians
responsible for ensuring that their child/children will co-operate with the said
policies in an age-appropriate
way. Code of Behaviour and Discipline including Friendship and Inclusion Policy (Anti-Bullying)
Board of Management insists that,
prior to commencing school,
parents/guardians must confirm in writing that the Code of Behaviour
and Discipline is acceptable
to them and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance
with such code, by the child.
Form of Acceptance is provided with Code of Behaviour and Discipline.
The Board of
Management will monitor the implementation of all aspects of the Policy and
review and amend the Policy as required, with particular emphasis placed upon
12. Monitoring Procedures
implementation of this policy will be monitored by the Board of Management at
the appropriate time. It will also be referred by the Principal for
consideration by the full staff at the same time. The principal will report to
the Board of Management regarding the process of enrolment until enrolment is
complete. Where the Principal refuses admission to an applicant, by the
authority delegated to him
by the Board in line with this policy, any such refusal shall be communicated to
the Board at the earliest opportunity.
will be reviewed regularly in the light of experience. It will be reviewed by
the Board of Management at its October/November 2017 meeting.
by the Board of Management on 30/05/2017.
Board of Management .
Overall enrolment is capped at 374 pupils.
Appendix 1, May 26th, 2017