Enrolment & Admission Policy - St Mary's National School Enniskeane Co. Cork

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In setting out its Enrolment/Admission Policy, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Board of management of St. Mary's School trust that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management and the Principal Teacher, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

General Information

School Name:                    St. Mary's Central School
Address:                           Enniskeane, Co. Cork
Telephone Number:           023 8847695
School's Denomination:      St. Mary's is a Roman Catholic School
School's Patron:                Bishop John Buckley,Roman Catholic Bishop of the Dioceses of Cork and Ross
School's Staff:                  The Principal Teacher and seven class Teachers
Learning Support Teacher:The school has a full time Learning Support Teacher
Resource Teacher:            The school has the services of 2 Shared Resource Teachers.  St. Mary's being the base school for both                                         posts.

The full range of Classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class are taught.  The school is a mixed school.

The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down from time to time by the Department.  The school policy must have regard to the resources and funding available.

The school follows 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).

Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act, and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of:

1.   Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need.
2.   Equality of access and participation in the school
3.   Parental choice in relation to enrolment
4.   Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

The school day commences at 9.25am for all pupils.
The Junior and Senior Infants go home at 2.05pm.
First class to Sixth class go home at 3.05pm.

Enrolment Procedures

Enrolment of Junior Infants

The enrolment of Junior Infants takes place at the school in May.  The Board of Management specifies the date.

How the date of enrolment will be communicated to the school community -

A notice re enrolment day is inserted in the Parish bulletin on the weekend prior to enrolment.
The parents of all children currently on roll are notified a week before enrolment day.
Parents/Guardians who may have called to the school enquiring about enrolment, will be contacted by letter or telephone, as requested.

On enrolment Day, the Principal meets the parents/guardians and the children applying for enrolment.  Copies of the school's enrolment Policy, Code of Behaviour and discipline, Anti-Bullying Policy and Health and Safety Policy will be available for the parents/guardians to read.  They will be informed that a copy of the School's code of Behaviour and Discipline will be issued, to each new family enrolling, following admission.  A signed form stating the code has been read and understood must be returned to school.

Application to the Board of Management for Enrolment

Parents/Guardians are requested to fill in an enrolment application form.  Parents/Guardians are told which information is entered in the School Registers.

Key Information to be provided by parents/Guardians :

  • Child's name

  • Child's address

  • Child's date of birth

  • Child's religion

  • Parent's/guardians names

  • Occupation of parents/guardians

  • Home telephone number

  • Work telephone number

  • Mobile number

  • Any other contact number

  • Name of family doctor

Above information entered in the School Registers.

The application form may be filled prior to the interview with the principal.  At this meeting the parents/guardians are given information booklet detailing general school organisation.  Parents/guardians are invited to ask questions about the school.  Details of the child's health, medical problems e.g. asthma, allergies etc are noted by the Principal.  Any difficulties with vision, hearing, speech or language are also noted.

Other Relevant Forms to be Completed:

Parents/guardians whose children are eligible for school transport are given the necessary information.  If they wish to avail of school transport, the Principal later fills in the application form for school transport having noted the details required e.g. collection/pick up point etc.

The request for the name of the Family Doctor is explained to the parents/guardians.  This will only be used if the parents/guardians cannot be contacted and the child needs medical attention at school or at the Family Doctor's surgery.

Parents are also informed that in the case of a serious emergency, where a child needs immediate medical attention, it is the local doctor's surgery which the school will contact.

The Role of the Board of Management re Enrolment:

The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education and Science Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of four years upwards, though compulsory attendance at school does not apply until the age of six (Rule 64:1 Department of Education and Science).

The Board of Management states that as a general principle, children will be enrolled on application.  In the event of there being insufficient classroom space or where the number of pupils in the class would exceed the Department of Education and Science guidelines, then the decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school.  The Board of Management will use the criteria, set out below for its decision making and the board shall exercise its discretion in the application of the criteria.

The following criteria will be used, though not necessarily in the order in which they are stated.

  • Age of children

  • Whether there are siblings of the proposed new entrant already attending the school

  • Traditional Catchment Areas

  • Parish boundaries

The Board of Management is aware of the Equal Status Act, so children of ethnic minorities including travellers, refugees, asylum seekers and children of other religious denominations will not be discriminated against.

The Board of Management must comply with the terms of the Education Welfare Act/2000 and notify parents/guardians within twenty one days if the application for enrolment is not successful.

Induction of New Pupils

New infants will be invited to attend school for a brief period in June.  This is to facilitate them in meeting their teacher and to get familiar with the school surroundings.  During this period the principal will meet with parents/guardians to discuss general school organisation and to answer, as far as possible any queries they may have.

It is also school policy to allow new infants return home early for the first 2 - 3 weeks of school in September.  School for these children will cease at 12.00 pm.

Additional help may be recruited by the Board of Management for the junior infants to assist the infant teacher.  Such recruitment, if deemed necessary, will not extend beyond the month of September.

Admission Day

The Board of Management will, as a general rule, admit Junior Infants to the school on the 1st of September.  

Pupils transferring to the School

Pupils transferring to the school from another school in the Republic of Ireland (eg pupils whose parents/guardians are relocating to one of the school's traditional catchment areas or who are transferring for other specified reasons) may do so at any time.  However, in compliance with the Education Welfare Act 2000, the parents/guardians must provide the school with a record of the pupil's attendance and a report of the child's educational progress from the school from which the child is transferring.  

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management.

Signed : _________________         Date : ________________

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