ST. LAURENCE’S N.S., CROOKSTOWN, BALLITORE, CO. KILDARE
SCHOOL ENROLMENT/ADMISSIONS POLICY
This Policy was formed prior to 2007 and updated and reviewed on 27th May 2011 by members of The Board of Management, Staff and Parents Representatives of St. Laurence’s N.S.
This enrolment policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Board of Management of St. Laurence’s N.S. Crookstown, Ballitore, Co. Kildare and the Principal Teacher, Nuala Costello, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy.
Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school.
The school shall have in place appropriate channels of communication and procedures
- To inform parents about the school, its programmes, activities and procedures.
- To enable application 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 and current legislation.
- To specify what information is required by the school at the time of application.
School Name: St. Laurence’s N.S.
School Address: Crookstown, Ballitore, Co. Kildare.
Telephone Number: 059-8623333.
Denominational Character / Ethos:
St. Laurence’s N.S. is a Roman Catholic school under the Patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. As a Roman Catholic School, the school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by a belief in God and in the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith.
St. Laurence’s N.S. is a co-educational school and caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.
At present, the teaching staff is comprised of 17 full time teachers, including Principal, (12 mainstream classes and 4.5 Learning Support/ Resource teachers) and one Special Needs Assistant.
The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills and it operates within the regulations laid down from time to time, by the Department of Education and Skills. School policy has regard to the resources and funding available.
The school follows the curricular programme 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).
The school caters for: [in order of priority.]
- Brothers and sisters of children already enrolled in the school, (including past pupils and step-siblings, resident at the same address).
- Catholic children of Narraghmore parish (including children o f the Travelling Community resident within the parish but excluding children who are in the Kilmead N.S. catchment area of the Parish).
- Catholic children who live outside the parish and who do not have a Catholic school in their parish.
- Children of current staff, including ancillary staff.
- Other children living within the parish boundary, applying for a placement are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the groups from 1 to 4 have been allocated places.
- Other children living outside the parish boundaries are entitled to a place in the school, if there are vacancies in the school after the groups 1 to 5 have been allocated places.
The Board of Management operates a cut off age of four years of age or older (for Junior Infants) on the first day of the new school year. 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 eldest.
- Parents seeking to enrol their children in St. Laurence’s N.S. are requested to return a completed Registration Form (available in the office) with Birth and Baptismal Certificates (if applicable) to the school.
- The names of children for whom Registration forms have been returned will be placed on a class waiting list.
- 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, asylum seeker / refugee status, religious, political beliefs and values, families or social circumstances.
- While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of St. Laurence’s N.S. is also responsible to respect the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled. This requires balance judgements, which are guided by the principals of natural justice and acting in the best interest of all children. Assisting the school in such circumstances, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each classroom bearing in mind:
- Staffing arrangement in Primary Schools issued by Department on a yearly basis.
- E.S. maximum class average directives.
- Available space in classrooms.
- Educational needs of children of a particular age.
- Multi grade classes.
- Presence of children with special educational / behavioural needs.
- Appropriate supports and resources available.
- Time of school year
- Other pupils are enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area and if there are places).
- Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the rules governing national schools, as well as our own schools enrolment policy.
- There is a registration week during the second term.
- There is an annual open day for prospective parents and pupils held in June.
Enrolment of children with Special Needs
In relation to application for the 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 can meet the needs specified in the report, the Board will assess how the school can 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 and / 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, transport services or other.
The school will meet with the parents of the child and with the SENO to discuss the child’s needs and the schools suitability or capability in meeting those needs. Where 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, Special Educational Needs Organiser or psychologist as appropriate.
The Board of Management may decide to defer enrolment of a particular child pending:
- The receipt of assessment report, and/or
- The provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education and Skills to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical reports.
Not withstanding 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.
Code of Behaviour: (in accordance with N.E.W.B. guidelines)
Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the school Code of Behaviour, as well as all other policies on curriculum organisation and management.
The Board of Management places Parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child (ren) co-operate with said policies in an age – appropriate way.
These policies may be added to and revised from time to time.
The schools Code of Behaviour and Mission Statement reflect the Christian values promoted within the school, with an emphasis on forgiveness, reconciliation, new beginnings and hope.
Refusal to enrol on grounds of “Exceptional Circumstances”
The Board of Management reserves the right to enrol in exceptional circumstances e.g.
- The Pupil has special needs such that, even with the additional resources available from the D.E.S., the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.
- In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff and/or school property.
Decision Making Process
Following our enrolment week in Term 2 for New Junior Infants, application will be considered after the Friday of enrolment week, and will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria outlined in this policy. Decisions re enrolment for Junior Infants for the relevant enrolment year will be given in writing within 21 days of that Friday.
Decisions re enrolment to all other classes will be given in writing within 21 days of receiving a completed application.
Following the above evaluation, the Principal will make a recommendation to the Board of Management listing proposed enrolments for the following year. Once the enrolment list is approved by the Board of Management all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome.
Parents, who are dissatisfied with the enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management. It must be addressed in writing to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for appeal and lodged within 10 days of receiving the refusal. Parents, if unhappy 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. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.
Evaluation and Monitoring Procedures
The Board of management will monitor the implementation of all aspects of this policy and review and amend the policy as required. The Principal will report to the Board of Management regarding the process of enrolment at regular intervals until the process of enrolment is complete.
This policy will be reviewed regularly in the light of experience. It will be reviewed by staff and Board of Management every five years.
Ratified by the Board of Management on 18/10/2011
Signed Rev. Fr. Frank McEvoy, P.P.
Chairperson, Board of Management
This policy will be available online at www.stlaurences.scoilnet.ie
A hard copy is available on request to parents/guardians at the school.
Reviewed and updated by B.O.M. on 10/12/2014
Signed: David O`Grady