Scoil Naomh Abbain,
Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
Roll No. 17526J
Phone: 053 9240694
The Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Abbáin hereby sets out its Enrolment and Admission Policy in accordance with the constitutional and legislative requirements, the Rules for National Schools and the new Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018 and all relevant circulars of the Department of Education and Skills. The Board of Managament trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management (Fr Robert Nolan) or the Principal Teacher (Mr Tom Cousins) will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy.
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school.
- School Information
Name of School: Scoil Naomh Abbáin
Telephone No. (053) 9240694
1.1 Scoil Naomh Abbáin is a Catholic school under the patronage of the bishop of Ferns, Bishop Denis Brennan.
1.2 At present, there are 7 teachers on staff – Principal, 5 mainstream class teachers, 2 SET teachers. There are 3 SNA’s on staff – 2 full time job share and 1 part time hours.
1.3 Scoil Naomh Abbáin is a co-educational school where a full range of classes is taught from Junior Infants to sixth class. There is currently no ASD unit.
1.4 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 has regard to the resources and funding available.
1.5 Scoil Abbáin follows the curricular programmes 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)
1.6 Supervision of students begins at 9.10 am. Classes commence at 9.20 am and students are expected to be punctual. Classes conclude at 2 pm for Infants and 3 pm for first to sixth class. Supervision of children concludes at 3 pm.
- Admissions Statement
Scoil Abbáin admissions policy operates under the Equal Status Act 2000 and the new Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018. Scoil Abbáin shall not discriminate on any of the following grounds; Gender, Civil Status, Family Status, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Disability, Race, Membership of Traveller Community, Students with Special Education Needs.
2.1 Children who do not wish to participate in Religious instruction in the class must remain in their classroom and can work independently on alternative academic work. Children who do not wish to participate in Religious ceremonies in the church must make alternative arrangements and be dropped to school at a later time as supervision will not be provided.
This policy aims to ensure that the appropriate procedures are in place to enable the school;
3.1 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
3.2 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
3.3 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
4.1 Section 9 (j) of the Education Act 1998 specifies, that “A recognized school shall establish and maintain an admissions policy which provides for maximum accessibility to the school”.
4.2 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”.
4.3 Section 27 (1) states that “A board shall establish and maintain procedures for the purposes of informing students in a school of the activities of the school” and (2) that “the procedures established and maintained under subsection (1) shall facilitate the involvement of the students in the operation of the School having regard to the age and experience of the students, in association with their parents and teachers”.
4.4 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”
4.5 Under Section 28 (1)(a) of the Education Act (1998) a parent may appeal against a decision not to enroll a child in a school. This appeal should be made in writing to the Chairperson of the Board of Management within a reasonable time (usually 2 weeks) of a decision being made.
4.6 The Equal Status Act, 2000 [Sections 5 & 7 (2)] and the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018, prohibits discrimination on the grounds of “gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Travelling Community” regarding admission, access to programmes, participation in the school or regarding expulsion or any other sanction.
- Roles of Board of Management
5.1 To ensure that a policy is in place and that it is reviewed
5.2 To appraise this policy with regard to its suitability and the effectiveness of its implementations and to make recommendations for improvement where appropriate.
5.3 To decide on appeals by parents or students with respect to any decision(s) made by the Principal/Board..
5.4 The Board of Management is bound Department of Education and Skills’ Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only ne enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards.
- Enrolment Procedures
6.1 The Board of Management has determined that the school principal will accept written applications for enrolment in Junior Infants from February 1st to 31st May of the school year prior to enrolment. Notice of this will be in local papers, parish notes, school newsletter and school test.
6.2 Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Abbáin are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application Form (available in the pack and the office) with an original Birth / Adoption Certificate to the school by 31st May each year. These names will be placed on a waiting list.
6.3 While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Scoil Abbáin. is also responsible to respect the rights of the existing 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 all children. Assisting the school in such circumstances, the BoM reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:
- size of / available space in classrooms
- educational needs of children of a particular age
- multi-grade classes
- presence of children with special educational/ behavioural needs
- DES maximum class average directives.
6.4 Other pupils can be enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area).
6.4.a Applications made during September will be processed as soon as possible and on or before September 30th.
- In the case of applications during the school year, a decision will be made within 21 days of receipt of application.
- Appeals to any decision must be addressed in writing to the Chairperson Board of Management with 7 days of decision.
6.5 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 and local agreements with other schools. Such applications will be discussed with the child’s current school principal. The child’s attendance, education progress and any other information deemed relevant may be discussed.
6.6 New Junior Infants spend one informal period in school at the end of June to familiarise themselves with their new environment.
6.7 All children enrolled are expected to comply with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour, as well as the school’s designated policies on Curriculum, Organisation and Management
- Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
7.1 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. 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.
7.2 Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management.
7.3 In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs the board of Management may request a copy of any relevant medical or psychological reports as are available. If such a report is not available it is open to the board to request that the child be assessed prior to enrolment. The purpose of the assessment is to establish the educational needs of the child relevant to his disability/special needs and to profile the support services required.
7.4 The school principal will meet with the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the suitability and capability of Soil Naomh Abbáin to meet those needs. If necessary, a full case conference may be called which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher, psychologist, etc.
7.5 Notwithstanding 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.
7.6 Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School/ Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation, & management. The Board of Managment places Parents/ Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way in accordance with the Department of Education’s Rules for National Schools
- Application for immediate admission in the current school year
8.1 Pupils may transfer from other schools to Scoil Naomh Abbáin f newly resident in the area subject to school policy and space being available. Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the rules for national schools, Education Welfare Act and school’s enrolment policy.
- Application forms are available from the school secretary
- Failure to fully complete forms will result in refusal to admit the applicant
- The behaviour record of a student in their previous school shall be considered
- The attendance record of a student in their previous school shall be considered
8.2 Any information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress should be communicated between schools.
- Provision of Key Information by Parents / Guardians
9.1 The Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Abbáin require parents / guardians to provide certain information when completing enrolment applications.
- Pupil’s name and age
- Pupil’s PPS number
- Pupils address
- Parent / Guardians address
- Contact telephone numbers of parent / guardian
- Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency
- Details of any medical conditions
- Family Doctor and contact number
- Previous schools attended (if any)
- Any additional information which may be relevant
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
The implementations 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 in December each year and regularly thereafter until enrolment is complete. Where the Principal refuses admission to any 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.
The policy will be reviewed regularly in the light of experience. It will be reviewed by the full staff and Board of Management every five years. 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. Next review of this policy will occur before or during the school year XXXX.
This Policy was amended in January 2019. It was ratified by the Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Abbáin, Adamstown on __________________.
Chairperson ________________________ Date________________
Principal __________________________ Date _______________