Enrolment Policy

ENROLMENT POLICY

 

The Board of Management of St. Joseph’s N.S. here sets out its enrolment policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998.  We trust that this will be of assistance to parents in relation to enrolment.  The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr.Michael Tierney and the Principal, Mr.Séamus Tiernan,  will be happy to clarify any further matters arising.

 

The school’s name is St. Joseph’s N.S.

 

The school’s address is Aughavas, Carrigallen, Co.Leitrim.

 

The school’s telephone number is 071 9636326

 

The school’s e-mail address is  aughavasns@gmail.com

 

St. Joseph’s National School is a Catholic school.  The patron is Bishop Francis Duffy.  On our staff we have four teachers.  This includes Principal, Two Class teachers and Learning Support Teacher. We also have a part-time Resource teacher. St. Joseph’s National School  is a mixed school catering for children from junior infants to sixth class.

 

The school depends of the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department.

 

The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science and which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

 

Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school.  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 right of parents to enroll their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s National School 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 Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:

 

            a          size of/available space in classrooms              

            b          educational needs of children of a particular age

            c          multi-grade classes

            d          presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs

            e          DES maximum class average directives (currently a

                      maximum  average of 30 children)

 

In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year (due to the BoM being unable to provide suitable accommodation, or recruit the required teaching staff) the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:

 

  •   (a) Brothers and sisters (including step-siblings, resident at same address) of children already enrolled – priority to oldest.
  • (b) Children living within the parish – priority to oldest.
  • (c) Children of current school staff – priority to oldest.
  • Children whose home address is closest to the school(as measured by a straight line on an OS map) if the child is normally resident outside the parish/agreed catchment area.
  • In the event of being unable to enroll a child(ren) from categoriesa, b or 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.

 

Application Procedures for Enrolment

           

The enrolment process pertaining to our school is as follows:

 

  1. Notice of enrolment will be advertised in the parish bulletin and in the  local notes section of the local paper.
  2. Application for  enrolment forms for new pupils together with relevant school policies to be collected from the school immediately after the Easter holidays. The enrolment form facilitates the provision of information to the school with regard to the child being enrolled.  A sample  is attached.
  3.  Other pupils are enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area) when they have returned the application for enrolment form and familiarized themselves with school policies.                                                                                                                                      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. 
  4. New junior infants will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new school environment for one half day prior to the Summer holidays. Any information or queries     parents have will be addressed on that day.
  5. No child may be enrolled before their fourth birthday and must have reached their fourth birthday by September 30th of the school year in which there are being enrolled. They are obliged by law to attend after their sixth birthday.           
  6. The B.O.M. will notify parents within 21 days of their decision with regard to the enrolment of their child/children.  The decisions of the B.O.M.  in relation to Application for Enrolment are made in accordance with school policy.
  7. 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, organization and management.The B.O.M. places Parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way. These policies may be added to and revised from time-to-time.  A copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour is attached.
  8.  The School is required to notify an Attendance Officer where total absence from school during the School Year amounts to 20 days. 
  9. As a result of revised Department and Education guidelines which were adopted by the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s N.S., we are obliged to report to the local Health Board any matters of concern which arise in relation to abuse of children.

 

Enrolment of Children with Special Educational Needs

 

In relation to the enrolment of children with special educational needs, a copy of the Child’s medical and/or psychological report(s) is required.  If such a report is unavailable, the child must be assessed immediately.  The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant  to his/her disability or special needs, and to profile the support services required.

 

On receipt of the report the Board will assess how the school could endeavour to meet the needs specified in the report.  Where the Board deems that further resources are required it will, prior to enrolment, request the DES to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report.

 

These resources may include, for example, access to, or provision of, any or a combination of the following:

 

Visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.

 

The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs.  If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, principal teacher, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs, or psychologist as appropriate.

 

It may be necessary for the Board to decide to defer enrolment of a particular child pending:

 

  • the receipt of an assessment report and/or
  • the provision of appropriate resources by the DES to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical report.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.