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Enrolment Policy

This policy is set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and in setting out this policy the Board of Management under Chairperson, Mrs. Úna Kingston, trusts that parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. Any further assistance may be requested from Chairperson of the Board or from the Principal of the School, Mr. Shane Fennessy.

Bishop Ahern N.S., is under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Cloyne.

The ethos of the school is Roman Catholic, members of other beliefs and persuasions are welcome to enrol.

Under its ethos, the school aims to promote the full & harmonious development of all pupils: cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual.

There are 6 mainstream class teachers and 2 resource teachers for children with special needs, 3 learning support teachers, including the Principal, and a part-time Secretary.

Children enrolled in Bishop Ahern National School are requested to co-operate with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies.

Parents and Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with all policies in an age-appropriate way.

A copy of the Code of Behaviour will be issued to all parents and each parent will be requested to sign an undertaking to uphold the Code of Behaviour and policy.

The School operates under the Rules for National Schools and Department circulars and is funded by grants and teachers resourced by the Dept. of  Education & Science .

The School is subject to the Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act(2000). The Education for Persons with Special Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. The School follows the curricular programmes laid down by the D.E.S.

 

ENROLMENT PROCEDURE.

Pupils may transfer from other primary schools and on transferring the Dept. of Ed. & Science rules shall be strictly adhered to, as well as N.E.W.B. Act and all school policies.

Parents/Guardians of pupils wishing to transfer from other schools shall be obliged to furnish full and complete personal and progress records.

Pupils enrolling during the school year may do so only during the first week of each term.

Pupils transferring to the school may be asked to undergo an informal/formal test to establish the class best suited to the child’s needs.

Pupils transferring from other schools should return a completed enrolment application form(attached).

No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, language/accent, traveller status, asylum-seeker/refugee status, religious, political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances. Under the Education Act 1998  The B.O.M.  have the right to refuse admission in an exceptional circumstance.

While recognising the wish of the parents/guardians to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the B.O.M. is also responsible to respect the rights of the existing school community and, in particular, the children already enrolled in the school.

This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the principles of natural justice and acting in the best interest of the children.

The completion of an application form or the placement of the child’s name on a list does not confirm an automatic right to a place in the school.

 

DECISION(S):

Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the B.O.M.

In general, acceptance of pupil will be confirmed orally to the parent/guardian.

A refusal or a deferral, however, will be given in writing setting out the reason(s) for such a decision.

In circumstances of overcrowding, the B.O.M. reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind the D.E.S. guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions, children may be enrolled on application provided that there is space available.

Other factors that may be considered are:

  • Size and available space in classroom
  • Educational needs of children of a particular age
  • Multi-grade classes
  • Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.
  • Health & Safety availability Teachers/Resources
  • Child with Special Needs

In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:

  • Siblings (including stepsiblings) resident at same address of children already enrolled in the school,.
  • Children living within the locality of Leamlara/Lisgoold
  • Children of current school staff
  • Children of past pupils

An enrolment fee of fifty euro applies with each successful enrolment.

 

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

Applications of pupils with special needs is welcome unless level and degree of their need is such so that enrolment of pupil concerned would be inconsistent with both interest of pupil concerned and effective provision of education of pupils with whom pupil concerned would be educated. Children with Special Needs enrolling in Bishop Ahern N.S. will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the D.E.S to the B.O.M.

The B.O.M. may request a copy of the child’s medical and / or psychological report or request that a child be assessed immediately in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to provide the support services required.

The B.O.M. will endeavour to have all the resources and support in place before the child is admitted to the school. This may include visiting teacher service, resource teacher, S.N.A., specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or any other service or support deemed necessary.

The school will discuss the child’s needs with the parents / guardians and, if necessary, a full case conference may be called including the teacher(s), parents and any or all relevant personnel.

It may be necessary for the B.O.M. to defer enrolment of a child pending assessment report and / or provision of resources by the D.E.S. to meet the needs specified by the medical, psychological or any other relevant report(s).

Not withstanding the availability of such resources, parents / guardians of a child who are unsatisfied with the level of educational provision in the school are advised to consider a special school, which may be designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.

 

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR.

The school adopts the guidelines and regulations set down by the D.E.S., the N.E.W.B. and the Education Act.

Parents will be furnished with a copy of the schools Code of Behaviour and will be asked to sign up to this code.

Any breaches of conduct will be treated in accordance with the sanctions set out in the school’s Code of Behaviour.

 

APPEALS.

Parents/Guardians who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the B.O.M..

It must be addressed in writing, to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within 10 days of receiving the refusal.

Parents, if unhappy with this appeal, may appeal to the D.E.S. under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Dept.

This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.

 

Ratified by the Board of Management on 21st April 2012