Enrolment and Admissions Policy

Enrolment and Admissions Policy

for Kilberry N.S.

 

 

 

School Name:                                      Kilberry N.S.

 

School Address: Kilberry, Athy, Co. Kildare

 

Telephone No.: 059-8638448

 

E-mail address: kilberry.ias@eircom.net

 

Patron: Archbishop Diarmaid Martin

 

Chairperson: Fr. Gerard Tanham

 

Principal: Mrs. Jenny Dempsey

 

Deputy Principal: Mrs. Prendergast

 

Mainstream Teachers: Ms. Browne

Ms. Healy

Ms. Briggs

 

Learning Support Teacher: Mrs. McLernon

 

Resource Teacher: Ms. Ryan

 

 

 

Secretary: Patty Foy

 

Cleaner: Jackie Eusta

 

School Day: 9.00 a.m. – 1.40 p.m. (infants)  9.00 a.m. – 2.40 p.m. (1st. – 6th.)

 

Denominational Character:  Kilberry N.S. is a Catholic School under the

Archbishop of Dublin. In our school we promote our Catholic Ethos through daily religious instruction, (Alive-O programme), and through regular prayer services and school Masses.

 

 

Pupils in our school are prepared for First Penance and Holy Communion in

second class; and for The Sacrament of Confirmation in 5th. and 6th. Classes.

 

 

Enrolment Procedures

 

Application Procedure

 

In February an Application Day is held in the school hall

(over 2 afternoons 1.00 p.m. – 2.40 p.m.).

 

Parents are notified through the following ways

 

  • text – a – parent/ letter if already on the school database

 

  • notice in local paper

 

  • notice in parish newsletter

 

  • notice placed in local shop

 

Sample of Application (Appendix 1)

 

Decision Making

 

The  Board of Management takes the decision on all applications for enrolment, in accordance with the Education Welfare Act 2000 and DES Rules for National

Schools.

 

The following criteria will apply to requests for enrolment:

 

  • applications will not be considered unless children are a minimum of 4 years of age.

 

  • whether there are siblings of the proposed new entrant already attending the school.

 

  • children of staff members.

 

  • catchment area.

 

  • whether the parents of the proposed new entrant attended Kilberry N.S.

 

  • first come, first served.

 

In the event of applications exceeding places available, a waiting list will be drawn up, thus accommodating children at a later stage.

 

Due regard will be given to the D.E.S. guidelines in relation to class size,

staffing, space and health and safety requirements.

 

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 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 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 Skills to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child, as outlined in the psychological or medical report.  These resources may include, 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 etc.

 

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, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher, for special need or psychologist as appropriate.

 

It may be necessary for boards of management 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 Department of Education and Skills to meet the child’s needs (specified in the Psychological and/or

medical report.)

 

Notification of Acceptance:

 

Following the Board of Management decision, parents of successful candidates will be notified by letter informing them that their application has been

successful, and the date for formal Enrolment (usually in June).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unsuccessful candidates will also be informed of the Board’s decision by

letter.  In the event of an appeal ,the Board will follow the procedures outlined by Department of Education and Skills (see Appendix 11)

 

In June an “Enrolment Day” is held in the school, in the Infant Classroom (over 2 afternoons 1.00 p.m. – 2.40 p.m.).

Parents and new entrants are invited to meet with principal, class teacher and Home School Liaison Officer.

 

 

Parents are asked to provide:

 

  • full length original birth cert.

 

  • baptismal cert (where applicable)

(photocopies of these certs will be held on school files)

(subject to Data Protection Act.  (Appendix 8)

 

  • any relevant reports eg. psychological assessment/speech and language
  • reports.

 

  • school reports if transferring from another school.

 

Parents are required to complete the school’s Enrolment Form.  (Appendix 3.)

 

Admission Date

 

In Kilberry N.S. new junior infants will only be admitted on the first day of the new school year. ( August/September)

 

 

 

 

Pupils Transferring

The Board of Management of Kilberry N.S. specifies that pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy, available space and in some cases the approval of the Department of Education and Skills.

 

The Education Welfare Act 2000 contains some specific new provisions in

relation  to the transfer of pupils including the requirement that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress should be

communicated between schools. 

 

Code of Behaviour  (Appendix 4)

 

The school will append its Code of Behaviour to the school enrolment policy.

The Board of Management reserves the right to reject an application for

re-enrolment, following expulsion from our school or on the grounds of health and safety.

 

 

This policy was updated November 2010

and ratified by the Board on ______________

 

 

Review date:    As required

Full review November 2012.

 

Appendix 1            Sample Application Form

 

Appendix 2            Sample letter for Enrolment Acceptance

 

Appendix 3            Revamped Enrolment Form

 

Appendix 4 Code of Behaviour

 

Appendix 5 Education Act 1998

 

Appendix 6 Equal Status

 

Appendix 7 Education for Persons with Special Needs Act 2004

 

Appendix 8 Data Protection Act

 

Appendix 9 Freedom of Information Act

 

Appendix 10  Education Welfare Act 2000

 

Appendix 11 Appeals

 

Appendix 12 Section 29

 

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