New Enrolment Policy

Introduction:
This policy was reviewed by the Board of Management on 07/03/2011.

Mission Statement:
Our school operated under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Ferns and this and all policies in place are guided by our schools Catholic Ethos.

Rationale:
The Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Abbáin have set out an enrolment/admissions policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998.

Aim:
It is hoped that the policy will assist parents in relation to enrolment matters.
The Chairperson of the Board, Rev. Fr. Robert Nolan P.P., Parochial House and the Principal Mr. Nicholas Flynn, Scoil Naomh Abbáin, Adamstown will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

General Information:

Scoíl Naomh Abbáin,
Adamstown,
Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Telephone/Fax:   053/9240694

E.mail – scoilabbain@eircom.net

The operation of the school is dependent on funds provided by the D.E.S.(Department of Education and Science) and any regulations laid down by the Department are adhered to.

The Board of Management oversees the implementation of the curriculum prescribed by the DES which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998)

The Board of Management supports the principles of:
Inclusiveness.
Equality of access
Parental choice in relation to enrolment.
Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and way of life in society.

While recognizing the above, the Board of Management is responsible to respect the rights of the existing school community, including children already enrolled and to uphold the Catholic ethos.
In accordance with Department rules the school day commences at 9.20am. and ends at 3.00pm. except for  Infants who finish at 2.00pm.

Enrolment Procedures:

1. Parents who wish to enrol their children in
Junior Infants are invited to contact the school in March.
Parents are notified in the following ways:
(a) Church Notices.
(b) Parish notes in local papers.
(c) Parish Newsletter.
(d) School/Home Communication.

2. For children looking to start in our school on September 1st.
Parents are requested to complete an
enrolment form containing the following details:
pupil’s name, age and address, and P.P.S number.
Names and addresses of pupil’s parents/guardians.
Contact telephone numbers.
Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency.
Details of any medical conditions of pupil.
Religion.
Previous schools attended, if any, and reasons for transfer, if applicable.
Any other information which may be relevant.
Enrolment forms should reach the school not later than May 31st.

3.   Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment
are made by the Board of Management of school in accordance with school policy.
Children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.
In reference to rules for National Schools (Department of Education and Science) pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years upwards.
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritize children for enrolment.

(a) Brother and sisters (including step-siblings, resident at the same address) of children already enrolled – priority to oldest.
(b) Children living in the parish – priority to oldest.
(c) Children of current school staff – priority to oldest.
(d) If the child is resident outside the parish, priority is given to those whose home address is closest to the school.
(straight line measurement on an Ordinance Survey Map)

4.   Admission date for Junior Infants is the first school day of the new school
year

5.    Other pupils are enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the
area).          Refer to procedure 8.

6.   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 arrangements with other schools.
When an application is received from a child where there has been no
change of residence, it is envisaged such applications will be discussed
with the child’s current school’s Principal.  The child’s attendance, and
educational progress will be discussed as well as any other relevant
information.
The Board reserves the right to determine the maximum number of
children in each classroom bearing in mind:

(i) D.E.S. guidelines in relation to maximum class size and staffing provision.
(ii) Size of and space in classrooms.
(iii) Health and welfare of the children and staff.
(iv) Educational needs of the applicant.
(v) Multi-grade class situation.

Refer to procedure 8

7. Parents of children with special needs are requested to supply a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report.  If report is not available, parent’s are requested that the child be assessed immediately.
This information is required to assist the school in
establishing the educational and training needs of the
child relevant to his/her special need and to profile the
support service required.
Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the
level of resources provided by D.E.S to the Board of Management.

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.

8. (i)   Parents who have applied to have their children enrolled in the school
for  September 1st will be notified by June 30th.
(ii)  Applications made during September will be processed as soon as
possible and before September 30th.
(iii)  In the case of applications during the school year, the decision will be
notified to parents within 21 days of receipt of a completed application
form.
(iv)  Appeals on any decision must be addressed in writing to the
Chairperson of the Board within 7 days of the decision.

9. Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate
with and support the school/B.O.M’s Code of Behaviour
as well as any other policies on curriculum organization
and management.   The Board of Management places
Parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their
children co-operate with said policies in an age
appropriate way.  In accordance with the Dept. rules for
National Schools a child may be suspended.

These policies
may be added to and revised from time to time and are available to be
examined, on appointment, in the school.

By enrolling a child in Scoil Naomh Abbáin, parents and children accept
terms and agree to uphold the Code of Behaviour and all school policies.