St Brigid’s Church of Ireland National School
This Supercedes All Previous Enrolment Policy Documents And Applies To All Enrolments From August 2011
The Enrolment procedure consists of a number of stages. Initially parents / guardians complete an Intention to Enrol form. This can be done at any stage between the birth of a child and the year prior to admission to the school. In the autumn prior to admission Application forms are sent to all children for whom the intention to Enrol forms were received. These must be completed within a specified time period. The Board of Management will then make an Enrolment decision in accordance with the policy outlined below and will respond to all applicants. Places must be accepted within a specified time limit.
Intention to Enrol
Parents/guardians who wish to enrol their child/children pupils in Junior Infants in St Brigid’s National School should complete the Intention to Enrol form and send it by email to the school (firstname.lastname@example.org). If the intention is to enrol the child/children in less than 21 days, or to a class other than Junior Infants, then an Application for Registration Form may be requested also, but noting what follows.
Application for Registration Form
By 30th September in the year preceding entry, the School will email to all parents/guardians of children from whom a Intention to Enrol form has been received an application form together with an Enrolment Policy and Ethos Statement.
Completed Application Forms, along with any accompanying documents, are to be returned by email (email@example.com) to St Brigid’s National School by 20th October in the year preceding entry. Please note that:
- All applications for places in the school shall be submitted on the approved application form to the Chairperson of the Board of Management.
- Only those Application Forms that have been completed in full and accompanied by relevant supporting documentation will be considered by the Board of Management.
- Completion of the Application Form does not guarantee a place at the School.
- Early completion of the Application Form is not a factor in the allocation of places at the School.
- All applicants for Junior Infants must have attained their 4th birthday by at least, 1stSeptember in the year of admission. The Board of Management retain the right to alter this date.
The Board of Management will consider all applications and issue decisions in writing to parents/guardians within 21 days of the closing date for return of completed Application forms. Prior to this the Principal and the Chairman shall discuss the list of applicants in order to be in a position to advise the meeting.
The Board of Management will, in the light of Sections 6(e), 9(m) and 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, give consideration to the following:
- The number of places available in the school which in turn involves but is not limited to the number of pupils expected to leave the school, the size of all classrooms, the size of the playarea, the effect of the intake on the division / pairing of classes, the number of pupils with special needs and SNAs in a particular classroom, space taken up with equipment for pupils with disability and the deployment of teachers and the resources of the school.
- The religious denomination of the child
- The place of residence of the child
- Whether the applicant is a sibling of another pupil already attending the school although this does not automatically entitle a child to a place. When oversubscription occurs in any particular category, priority within such category will be given to the siblings of pupils already enrolled within the school who belong in that category only.
The Board of Management may seek further clarification from applicants before making a decision.
Order of Priority for Places
St Brigid’s National School is a Church of Ireland school under the patronage of the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin. Parishioners of St Brigid’s and All Saints should have their application forms signed by the Rector of St Brigid’s and All Saints. In all other cases below a Letter of Reference from the Incumbent /Minister / Priest should be supplied with the application form. Priority for places is therefore given in the following order which applies to all applicants:
- Children belonging to the Church of Ireland, who are members of one or other of the Parishes of St Brigid’s, Tullow and Monkstown. (Children who are members of the Churches of the Porvoo Communion, .i.e. The Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania are full members of the Church of Ireland when resident in Ireland, as are members of the Mar Thoma and Old Catholic Churches.)
- Children belonging to other Protestant churches e.g. Presbyterian, Methodist, etc., who are living within the Church of Ireland Parish Boundaries listed in number 1.
- Brothers and sisters of pupils currently attending the school.
- Children of current staff members of the school.
- Christian children of inter-church marriages where one parent is a member of one or other of the parishes listed in number 1 above, and whose parents express a wish to have their child/children educated specifically within a Church of Ireland ethos.
- Christian children of inter-church marriages where one parent is a member of another Protestant tradition, living within the Church of Ireland Parish Boundaries listed in number 1 above, and whose parents express a wish to have their child/children educated specifically within a Church of Ireland ethos.
- Children living outside the parish areas listed in number 1 above in the following order:-
- Children belonging to the Church of Ireland
- Children belonging to another Protestant tradition, e.g. Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.
- Children not falling into categories 1 – 7 above.
Junior Infants will normally only be admitted to the school at the start of the academic year in late August or September. However, the Board may be flexible where space allows and exceptional circumstances occur, (e.g. moving house, etc.).
A subsequent review of a decision by the Board may be requested, generally on the grounds only of additional information not previously submitted at the time of application. Unsuccessful applicants may also appeal the decision of the Board under Section 29 (1)(C) of the Education Act 1998.
Enrolment of children with Special Needs
In making the enrolment decision the Board of Management will give due consideration to the numbers of pupils with special needs and the Special Needs Assistants within particular classrooms and whether or not appropriate resources can be obtained from the Department of Education.
It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a particular child pending the receipt of additional information requested or the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education and Science.
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 the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her special needs and to profile the support services required.
Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school could 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 required to meet the needs of the child 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 or other.
The school should meet with parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and 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, Learning Support Teacher, Special Class Teacher, Resource Teacher for Special Needs or Psychologist as appropriate.
Offer of Place
Letters offering a place in the School to successful applicants will be issued by 10th November in the year preceding entry. The Acceptance Form is to be returned to the School within ten days – exact date to be specified in letter of offer in the year preceding entry. Letters to unsuccessful applicants will be issued by 10th November. These applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
Children enrolled in St Brigid’s are required to co-operate with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with these policies.
The Code of Behaviour is available on the school website www.stbrigidstillorgan.com. Hard copies can be requested form the school secretary at any time. Parents will be asked to sign an undertaking to uphold the school’s Code of Behaviour when accepting a place in the school
Throughout the school year, the Principal and the Chairman of the Board of Management shall monitor applications for the following school year. If further places arise in Junior Infants these will be offered to children on the waiting list in accordance with the order of priority listed above. Such a waiting list does not carry forward to subsequent years in the case of a child who is not allocated a place. The waiting list does not prejudice the entitlement of children in the category 1 above (Church of Ireland children).
The Right of Appeal
Parents and guardians have the right to appeal a refusal by the Board of Management to admit their child. They should appeal in writing to the Board of Management. The Board of Management’s decision will be given in writing and the reason for the refusal will be clearly stated.
Should the parents or guardians wish to take the matter further, they will be supplied with the appeals application form (circular 22/02) if requested and the further appeal should be made to the General Secretary, Appeals Administration Unit, Department of Education and Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, on the relevant form. The school must be informed in writing of the decision to further the appeal.
Procedures for children moving school during the school year and enrolment procedures for children into classes other than Junior Infants.
Parents wishing to enrol their children for senior infants to sixth class must:-
1. Fill in an Intention to Enrol – which will be acknowledged as soon as possible.
2. On receipt of an Application for Registration form please provide
a) The most recent written report from the child’s previous school.
b) Supply reasons for the transfer, in writing.
c) Furnish information in regard to the child’s educational needs or special needs, if any.
Duly completed application forms for classes other than Junior Infants will be considered throughout the year on an individual basis and in accordance with the criteria mentioned previously. It must be noted that the Principal will make contact with the Principal of the child’s previous school and that a letter of registration on our rolls will be furnished.
The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse admission where there is a good and sufficient reason for doing so. Applicants retain the right to appeal such a decision.