This Enrolment Policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Patrick Delaney, Acragar, Lisdowney, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny, and the Principal Teacher, Mr. Thomas Maher, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Clontubrid, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.This policy is an interim document which will be subject to change when management authorities have taken legal advice on the requirements of an enrolment policy which will endure the demands of the Education Act 1998.
Scoil Naomh Fiachra.
The school is under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Ossory.
Most Rev. Dr. Séamus Freeman.
Total Number of Teachers in the School
Range of Classes Taught
Junior Infants to Sixth Class, boys and girls.
School opening hours are from 09.00 to 14.40 for all classes except Infants and from 09.00 to 13.40 for Infants.
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. School policy has 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 (1998), and the funding and resources available,
the school supports the principles of:
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy. As a general principle, and in so far as practicable, having regard to the school’s policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.
The Board is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools, which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.
1. Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Naomh Fiachra are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application Form (See appendix 1)(available from the school) with an original Birth/Adoption Certificate to the school by 31st May.
2. The names of children for whom Enrolment Application forms and Birth/Adoption Certificates have been returned, will be placed on a class waiting list.
3. 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.
4. While recognising the right of parents to enrol their children in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Fiachra 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 rights to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:
a. size of /available space in classrooms
5. 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
6. Other pupils are enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area).
7. 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.
8. New Junior Infants spend one/two informal periods in school at the end of June to familiarise themselves with their new environment.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with the support the School Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. The BOM places Parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their children co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way. In accordance with the Department of Education’s rules for National Schools, may by suspended child. These policies may be added to and revised from time-to-time.
Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report, or, where such a report is not available, will request that the child 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.
Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Science to provide the resources to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report. These resources may include for example, access to or the 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. Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, principal teacher, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist, as appropriate.
Children who are enrolling for the first time in a primary school will normally be enrolled on September 1st (or on the first day of the school year, if earlier) and in any event, not later than September 30th of the relevant school year.
The closing date for the receipt of enrolment applications is April 30th, except in the case of children whose families have moved to the catchment area of the school.
This policy was sanctioned by the Board of Management on October 16th, 2002.
The policy was reviewed by the Board of Management
on March 25th, 2010.
Scoil Naomh Fiachra,