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Tinahely National School
Enrolment and Intake Policy, 2014

The Board of Management in accordance with school policy and current education legislation makes enrolment decisions.

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 &values, family or social circumstances.

However, children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School/ Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation, & management. The Board of Management places the responsibility on Parents/ Guardians to ensure that their children co-operate with these policies in an age-appropriate way.  Therefore, in accordance with the Education Welfare Act 2000 (section S23.4), parents will be required to confirm in writing that they accept and will support these policies as a condition of their child’s enrolment in Tinahely NS.

These policies may be added to and revised from time-to-time.

Admission


The principal must maintain a register and a record of attendance of all pupils attending the school.

Enrolment of children starting school:

Enrolment of infants to the school takes place on the first school day of September each year.  However, the Board of Management may accommodate within the provisions of this policy parents who, owing to particular circumstances, require an alternative enrolment date.  Children who are starting school must be at least four years of age.  


Enrolment of Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools:

Admission of pupils to other classes may take place throughout the school year provided there is room in the designated class for new pupils, and all information requested of the parents has been furnished to the school.

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 and local agreements with other schools.  

In accordance with Primary Circular 24/02, a child can only be enrolled in one school on the 30 September, and it is expected that children who enrol in a school should continue to be enrolled in that school for the duration of the school year.  Paragraph 3.3 of Circular 24/02 requires that the transfer of pupils from one school to another school should be for valid reasons, such as the relocation of the family.  Therefore (and in accordance with the Education Welfare Act 2000, section S20.1)  parents requesting a transfer of their child from another school will be required to state the reasons for this request and to furnish this school with detailed reports of attendance, behaviour, and academic progress from the child’s previous school.

Suspension or Expulsion of a Pupil:

Suspension or expulsion of a pupil will be in accordance with the school’s Code of Discipline and Behaviour.

Enrolment Application Form:

A copy of the school Enrolment Application Form is available from the secretary.  

Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Tinahely National School are required to return a completed Enrolment Application Form  with a copy of the child’s Birth / Adoption Certificate, which will be retained in the school records.  All information and documents requested by the school must be furnished before an enrolment will be considered.

Parents are encouraged to submit the enrolment application form before the summer holidays if possible, and a notice to this effect is displayed on the noticeboard at the front door of the school.

Intake

The school acknowledges the right of parents to send their children to the school of their choice, but we would strongly encourage parents to consider their own local school first.

The Board of Management of Tinahely N.S. must also respect the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the rights of children already enrolled. The Board of Management therefore reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom, bearing in mind:

  • size of /  available space in classrooms

  • educational needs of children of a particular age

  • multi-grade classes

  • presence of children with special educational/ behavioural needs

  • DES directives on maximum class size







Criteria for Admission to the School Should a Class Be Oversubscribed:

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, priority will be given to children of the Roman Catholic faith living in the town and the surrounding area.

Brothers and sisters of children already attending this school would also have preference.

Children of staff members would also have preference

All children who live in the town and surrounding area but are not Catholic are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the above groups have been allocated places.

Catholic children who live outside the town and the surrounding area would then have preference.

All children who apply to the school and are not Catholics and not residents within the parish boundaries are entitled to a place in the school if there are vacancies in the school after the above groups have been allocated places.


Special Needs:

Tinahely NS has a policy of inclusiveness, particularly with regard to the enrolment of children with a disability or with special educational needs.

In order to assist the school in establishing the educational or other needs of a child relevant to his/her disability or special educational needs, and in order to profile the support services required, the following procedures will be followed prior to enrolment:

The Board of Management will request copies of the child’s medical and/or psychological reports.
The Board of Management may request that a pupil be assessed prior to enrolment if no assessment is available
These assessments will be used to assist the school authorities in establishing the education and training needs of the pupil and to profile the support services required
The Board of Management will have final responsibility for assessing how the school can meet the needs specified in any reports on a child.
If extra resources are required, the Board of Management may prior to the enrolment request the Dept of Education to provide such resources; for instance, resource teacher / special needs assistant / specialised equipment or furniture / modifications to buildings / transport services.
The Board of Management may deem it necessary to defer enrolment of a particular child pending
Receipt of assessment reports
Provision of resources by Dept to meet the needs of the child as specified in psychological and/or medical reports

Notwithstanding the availability of such extra resources, parents of children with special needs 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 their child’s special educational needs

Exceptional Circumstances:
The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil in exceptional cases.  Such exceptional cases would include the following:
The pupil has special needs such that even with additional resources available from the Dept of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and / or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.
In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, ot 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 Dept of Education and Science under section 29 of the Act on the official form provided by the Department.  This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enroll.


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This policy has been prepared by the teaching staff and ratified by the Board of Management on 10 June 2014.

 
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