Enrolment Policy

Grange National School Enrolment Policy

School Name: Grange National School

School Address: Grange, Fermoy, Co.Cork

School Phone Number: 025/32799

 

Introduction

The Board of Management of Grange National School has set out the school’s enrolment policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school.

Grange National School :

  • is a mixed school with classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.
  • has 5 class teachers, a full-time learning support teacher and a shared resource teacher. (The Principal is in a full-time teaching position.)
  • depends on grants and resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and therefore school policy must have regard for the resources and funding available.
  • operates within the regulations laid down by the department.
  • 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).
  • Is under the patronage of the Bishop of Cloyne, Most Rev. William Crean.

 

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:

 

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need;
  • 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.

Classes for all children begin at 9.30a.m.

Junior and Senior Infants go home at 2 p.m. while the remainder of the children go home at 3 p.m.

For a short period ‘settling in period’ at the beginning of the first term Junior Infant children go home at 12.30 p.m.

 

Rationale

This policy aims to ensure that the appropriate procedures are in place to enable the school

  • To make decisions on all applications in an open and transparent manner consistent with the Ethos, the mission Statement of the school and legislative requirements
  • To make an accurate and appropriate assessment of the capacity of the school to cater for

             the needs of applicants in the light of the resources available to it and

  • To put in place a framework which will ensure effective and productive relations between students, parents and teachers where a student is admitted to the school

 

Legal Framework

Section 9 (j) of the Education Act 1998 specifies, that “A recognized school shall ….Subject to this Act and in particular section 15 (2) (d), establish and maintain an admissions policy which provides for maximum accessibility to the school”.

 

Section 15 (2) (d) states the Board of Management shall “publish …. The policy of the school concerning admission to and participation in the school and ensure that policy principles of equality and the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parents’ choice are respected”.

 

The Education Welfare Act, 2000 [Section 19 (1)] requires that a Board of Management shall not refuse to admit a child except where such refusal is in accordance with the school’s Admission  Policy.  Section 19 (2) requires that parents must provide relevant information to the school while Section 19 (3) requires that the Board of Management, shall as soon as possible (but no later that 21 days) after receiving such information “make a decision in respect of the application concerned and inform the parent in writing thereof”

 

The Equal Status Act, 2000 [Sections 5 & 7 (2)] prohibits discrimination on the grounds of “gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Travelling Community” regarding admission, assess to programmes, participation in the school or regarding expulsion or any other sanction.  There are limited exceptions regarding single-sex schools and schools promoting particular religious values [Section 7 (3)].

 

Goals

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 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

 

Context, Resources, School Organisation & Curriculum

The school supports the principle of equality for all students regarding access to and participation

in the school. The school respects the diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, languages and ways

of life in society.

The school is staffed in accordance with the standard pupil – teacher ratios sanctioned by the Department and any additional teaching hours sanctioned by the Department in respect of curricular concessions, special needs, special programmes etc. The school operates within the regulations laid down by the Department from time to time.

The capacity of the school to implement its desired curriculum, its broad range of educational programmes, its breadth of extra-curricular activities, its school plan and policies are dependent on the resources it receives. Consequently, in determining its activities and programme for any school year the school must have due regard to the teaching, management and administrative resources and the accommodation, equipment and funding available to it.

The school acknowledges the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parent’s choice, subject to the resources available to the school including classroom accommodation, class size, teaching resources and financial resources and subject to the capacity of the school to provide for the needs of any applicant or student.

 

Policy Considerations

The Board of Management of Grange National School reserves the right of admission if such admissions contravene Departmental guidelines on class size, etc.

The school will not refuse a child on the basis of ethnicity, special education needs, disability, traveller status, refugee status, political or religious beliefs, family or social circumstances, provided the necessary supports are in place in the school.

The school will maintain a list of refused applicants for each class, their place on that list having

been determined under the criteria outlined.

The Board of Management respects parental choice in relation to enrolment, provided the enrolment criteria are fulfilled.

The Board of Management of Grange National School, in its Policy of Admissions/Enrolment, respects the rights of the existing school community and the children already enrolled.

Consequently, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of

children in each class, bearing in mind:

    • Health & Safety Concerns regarding Staff and Children
    • Available classroom space
    • Multi-grade classes
    • Educational needs of the children
    • Presence of children with special needs
    • Department of Education & Science class size directives
    • Appropriate Supports and Resources are available
    • Time of school year

 

Procedures- Application, Enrolment Criteria & Decision/Appeals

  • Failure to fully complete forms may result in refusal to admit a student.
  • Further relevant information may be sought at a later stage
  • In applying the criteria for enrolment, the school will take into account limitations in the size of classes

Where the school lacks the necessary resources to meet the needs of any applicant or student, it will make every effort to secure those resources. Therefore the school relies on the prompt notification of their child’s specific needs prior to his/her enrolment so that resources can be put in place. It is the responsibility of parents / guardians of any child to inform the school of any such needs on the enrolment application form for the child’s own welfare. In this context the school authorities will have equal regard for the welfare of all the students and their right to an education in an atmosphere that is not detrimental to their physical, emotional, moral, social or intellectual development. Failure to fully complete the application form, failure to supply any relevant information requested by the school or failure to make reasonable arrangements to meet with the school authorities to discuss the application may result in a child being refused admission to the school.

The school cannot guarantee that resources will be in place in time or that the resources sought will be sanctioned by the Department of Education.

The school reserves the right to meet with the child’s parents to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability and capability in meeting those needs. The school may seek advice from the SENO (Special Educational needs Coordinator) and organise a meeting between the SENO and the parents. If necessary a full-case conference involving the parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, psychologist etc. will be arranged as appropriate.

Junior Infant Enrolment Procedure

Application forms are available from the school office. Forms are automatically sent to those parents who have already expressed an interest in enrolling their child.

Application forms must be filled, signed and dated by one or both parents or guardians.

When places in Junior Infants are limited, all completed application forms are date stamped on receipt by the school. Telephone calls or personal school visits concerning enrolment will be facilitated, but are not in themselves enrolment applications.

All applications will be considered and parents will be notified as soon as possible if their application has been successful. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria outlined in this policy.

 

Junior Infant Enrolment Criteria

If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the following prioritising criteria are used:

Prioirty Criterion
1 Priority is given to brothers and sisters of children already in the school or who

have attended the school in the past. If the class is over-subscribed on the basis

of this criterion, then places will be allocated on the basis of age, starting with the

oldest applicant, until all places are allocated.

2 Families whose primary residence is either

  1. in the immediate area of the school
  2. within a 2 mile distance by road from the school.

If the class is oversubscribed within the application of this particular criterion,

then the furthest from the school under either (a) or (b) will be eliminated first.

3 Families living within the Parish of Fermoy.

If the class is oversubscribed within the application of this particular criterion,

then the furthest from the school will be eliminated first.

4 Children of Current School Staff
5 Children living outside of the Parish

 

  1. Parents of new junior infants or older pupils are welcome to bring their children along to events being held throughout the school year such as the annual sports day or the school mass – so that the children can familiarise themselves with their new environment before joining us in Aug/September.
  2. Parents may also bring their children to visit the school in June and meet with their future teacher if possible. However as pupils will still be in school at this time, parents are asked to make an appointment before they come to the school.

 

Transferring from other Primary Schools

Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing National Schools, as well as our own school’s enrolment policy. A child coming from another school may not under normal circumstances be enrolled in the middle of a ‘school quarter’. However this school will take into account certain circumstances such as for example a change of residence.

 

Criteria for Enrolment to Senior Infants to 6th Classes

The following criteria will be applied if there is a surplus of applications for available places in the

Senior Infants to 6th classes.

Prioirty Criterion
1 Priority is given to brothers and sisters of children already in the school or who

have attended the school in the past.

2 Families whose primary residence is either (a) in the immediate school area of

Grange National School.

(b) within a 2 mile distance by road from the school, or who are in the process of moving to either of these areas.

3 Families leaving within the Parish of Fermoy.

If the class is oversubscribed within the application of this particular criterion,

then the furthest from the school be eliminated first.

4 Children of Current School Staff
5 Children living outside of the Parish

 

All children enrolled in this school shall comply with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour, Health & Safety, Child Protection, Anti-Bullying and Substance Misuse Policies; as well as the school’s other designated policies on Curriculum, Organisation & Management.

 

Evaluation

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

  • Effective management placed on application process
  • Clarity and transparency relating to the process
  • Applicants informed in good time re the status of their application, particularly in the case of refusal to enrol
  • Positive Parental feedback

 

Monitoring and Reviewing Procedures

The implementations of this policy will be monitored by the Board of Management at the appropriate

time.  The policy will be reviewed regularly in the light of experience. Any staff member, board member, parent, guardian or student who is unhappy with the content or the implementation of any school policy may request a review at any time and such a request will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

 

Note: At the Oct. 8th 2009 BOM meeting, the board decided to cap the total pupil numbers at 160.

This will be reviewed annually.

 

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy.

 

20/Nov/2013

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