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Enrolment Policy

 The Commons N.S. Enrolment Policy

The Commons N.S. is a co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Bishop of Rahpoe.  The school aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all pupils: cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people and promotes a Christian philosophy of life.

There are four full time class teachers, including the principal, one shared learning support teacher, one part-time resource teacher, and one S.N.A.  The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth class.

Children enrolled in The Commons N.S., are required to co-operate with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with these policies in an age-appropriate way.  A copy of the Code of Behaviour will be issued to all parents and each parent will be requested to sign an undertaking to uphold the school Code of Behaviour and policy.

The Commons N.S. operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants and teachers resourced by the Department of Education and Science.  The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation.  The Commons N.S. follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science.

Application Procedure

The Board of Management will communicate generally to the school community through appropriate channels e.g. newspaper, parish bulletin, parents letters to outline the application for enrolment procedures.

Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in The Commons N.S.  should return  a completed enrolment application form (available in the office) with an original birth/adoption certificate to the school by 30th April each year.  Parents of children enrolled in Junior Infants will be invited to an open day in the school in June each year.  Applications will only be accepted from parents or legal guardians for children normally resident with them.

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, family or social circumstances.

 

While recognising the rights of the parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of The Commons N.S. is also responsible for respecting the rights of the exisiting 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 the children.

The completion of an application form or the placement of a child’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.

Decision Making

Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management.  Parents will be notified of the acceptance of their children and as a general principle, children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available and that the child has reached his/her fourth birthday though compulsory attendance does not apply until the child is six years of age.

To assist the school in circumstances of overcrowding, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom, bearing in mind Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions.  Other factors that may be considered are:

  •       Size of and available space in classrooms.
  •       Educational needs of children of a particular age.
  •       Multi-grade classes.
  •      Presence of children with special educational/ behavioural     needs.

 

In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:

  1. A.      Brothers and sisters (including stepsiblings, resident at same address) of children already enrolled with priority going to the eldest.
  2. B.      Children living within the agreed catchment area – priority oldest.
  3. C.      Children of current school staff – priority oldest.
  4. D.      Children whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on an O.S. map) if the child is normally resident outside of the agreed catchment area.
  5. E.       In the event of being unable to enrol a chid(ren) from categories A,B,C in a 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.

Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area.  Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules for National Schools, Education Welfare Act and school’s enrolment policy.

Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs enrolling in The Commons N.S.  will be catered for in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management.

The Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or request that the child be assessed immediately in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to profile the support services required.  

 

The school will meet with the parents of the special needs child to discuss the school’s suitability for the child.  If necessary a full case conference may be called including parents, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher, psychologist, social worker or any other relevant agency worker as deemed appropriate.

 

Appeals Procedure

Parents who are dissatisfied with an 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 the appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal.  Parents, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science 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.

Ratified by the Board of Management on 14/09/2014

                                                                                  Date

Signed _____________________

Chairperson, Board of Management.

 

To be reviewed on 05/04/2016 at B.O.M. meeting.