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Enrolment Policy

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Enrolment Policy

General Introduction

The Board of Management of Geashill N.S. sets out its enrolment policy in accordance with the provision of the Education Act 1998. The Board trusts that by doing so, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and that furthermore, the Chairperson of the Board, Msgr. Thomas Coonan, and the principal teacher, Mr Míchéal Hyland, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

This is a Catholic school catering for the community in the Geashill area of the Parish of Killeigh. This school is under the patronage of the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, James Moriarity. The ethos of the school is centred on the values of the gospel and the teaching of the Catholic Church supported by the home, the community and the Parish.

There are six teachers in our school, including the principal, who is also a mainstream class teacher, three other mainstream class teachers, a special class teacher for deaf children and a learning support teacher. Boys and girls are taught from Junior Infants to Sixth class inclusive.

The school operates within the regulations laid down by the Department of Education and Science and depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the said department.

The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science.

Taking into account the Department of Education and Science's regulations, the rights of the patron as set our in the Education Act and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principle of:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Equality of access and participation in the school
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment
  • Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

Enrolment Procedure

Parents who wish to enrol pupils for a new school year should contact the school on a given day, usually in the second term of the previous school year. This day will be publicised via the school newsletter, parish bulletins, parish website, notices in the village post office, shops and in the Geashill Notes in the local newspapers.

A specific enrolment application form will be issued to parents requesting information such as:

Name, age and address of pupil
Names and addresses of pupil's parents/guardians
Contact telephone numbers
Emergency contact numbers
Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of
Previous schools attended
Relevant information of which the school should be made aware
(See copy of this form attached to policy)

The school's Code of Behaviour will be appended to this form. Parents will be expected to sign stating they support the code in the interest of the whole school community.

As a general principle once the child wishing to enrol has reached the age of four prior to starting in September he/she will be enrolled on application provided there is space available.

An information evening for parents of the new entrants will be held in the school in May or June. The infant teacher and the principal will speak at the meeting. These parents and the new children will also be invited to an Open Day in the school. This will normally take place in the last week of the summer term.

Junior Infants will be admitted at the beginning of the school year, usually September 1st. The Board is flexible when dealing with requests by parents who wish their child to get a taste of school. Children will be allowed to attend the infant room for a part of two days (maximum) in June prior to starting in September.

In the case of pupils transferring from another school, they may be accepted at a convenient time, subject to availability of space, already stated procedures i.e. enrolment application form and in some cases the approval of the Department of Education and Science.

Information concerning the new entrants attendance and educational progress should be communicated between schools.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, it is open to the Board of Management, to request a copy of the child's medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, to request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of this 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 school board should assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the report. Where the board deems that further resources are required it should, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Science 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 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

The school should 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 should be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist as appropriate.

Exceptional Circumstances

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could arise where either:

1. The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.

2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk, to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.

Appeals Procedure

In line with Section 28 of the Education Act 1998, parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision may appeal to the Board of Management. This appeal must be addressed, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal.

Parents, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. An appeal form will be issued by the school to the parents/guardians. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.

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