Introductory Statement

This policy was formulated by the staff of Fermoyle National School.

Rationale
In order to treat each prospective pupil equally and fairly it was deemed necessary to formulate a policy outlining guidelines in relation to admission of pupils to Fermoyle National School.

Relationships to the characteristics spirit of the school
Fermoyle National School aims to provide all its pupils with the highest possible standard of education.

Aims

The aims of the policy are:
• To promote equality and fairness
• To optimise the learning opportunities of all pupils
• To comply with Education Act(1998)

Guidelines

Section A

General Information

1. General introduction:
This admissions policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. The Board of Management trusts that by doing so parents/guardians will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters.

2. School Name: Fermoyle National School

3. School Address: Fermoyle,
Lanesborough,
Co. Longford.

4. Telephone No.: 043-3321959

5. E-mail Address: fermoylens@gmail.com

6. Denominational Character: Roman Catholic

7. Name of the Principal: Mrs. Patricia Boyce

8. Number of Full-Time Class Teachers: 4

9. Number of Full-Time LS Teachers: 2

10. Range of Classes taught: Junior Infants-6th class.

The class structure is mixed and multi-class. The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department. School policy has regard to the resources and funding available. The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time in accordance to Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act ( 1998 ). Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and Programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act ( 1998 ), and the funding and resources available in the school supports the principles of:

• Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special education needs

• Equality of access and participation in the school

• Parental choice in relation to enrolment

• Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages, and ways of life in society.

School commences at 9.30 a.m. Class will end each day at 2.10p.m. for Junior and Senior Infants and these pupils should be collected from the school at that time. For 1st to 6th classes school will end each day at
3.10 p.m. Parents/guardians should make arrangements to collect or have their children collected at 3.10p.m.
School doors will open at 9.30 a.m. and close at 3.10 p.m.

Section B

Enrolment Procedures

1. The procedure for enrolment involves:

Notice regarding enrolment will be placed in the local notes in the Longford Leader as well as Parish notes. Where possible a Newsletter will be issued after Christmas with details of dates for enrolment. Application forms are sent to prospective parents on request.

2. Provision of key information by parents/guardians :

Certain information will be required when children are being enrolled. A specific application form will be provided for this purpose, which may include:

• Pupil’s name, date of birth, address and nationality

• Names and addresses of pupil’s parents/ guardians

• Contact telephone numbers

• Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency

• Details of any medical conditions, of which the school should be aware

• Religious denomination

• Previous schools attended, if any, and reasons for transfer, if applicable

• Any other relevant information (including any such further information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act 2000).

3. Decision Making:

The Board of Management in accordance with the school policy makes decisions in relation to applications for enrolment. The Board will notify parents/guardians of their decision within 21 days of receiving such information (as indicated in the Education Act 2000). As a general principle, and in so far as practicable having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.

The Board of Management will have regard for relevant Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and/or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, including physical space and the health and welfare of the children.

The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.

In the event that applications for enrolment exceed/are expected to exceed the number of places available the following decision making process will apply:

a) Brothers and sisters (including step-siblings, resident at the same address) of children already enrolled – priority to oldest

b) Children living within the parish – priority to oldest

c) Children of current school staff – priority to oldest

d) Children whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on the OS map) if the child is normally resident outside the parish/agreed catchments area

e) First come, first served

f) Ethos consideration, Equal Status Act/Section 7

4. Enrolment of Children with Special Needs:

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with Special Needs the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, will 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 of Management will assess how the school can 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 as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report.

The school will meet with the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents/guardians, Board of Management, Principal, class Teacher, Learning Support/ Resource Teacher or Psychologist, as appropriate.

It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer the enrolment of a particular child pending either:

a) The receipt of an assessment report and/or

b) The provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education and Science to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical report. These resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.

5. Pupils transferring:

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 Science. It is a requirement of the Board of Management that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress is communicated between schools.

Success Criteria

The success of this system will be judged by the smooth running of the enrolment process and all pupils receiving equal and fair opportunities.

Roles and Responsibilities

All staff members and parents/guardians support this policy.

Timeframe for Implementation

This policy is current practice in Fermoyle National School.

Timeframe for Review

This policy shall be subject to periodic review.

Responsibility for Review

Staff
Board of Management
Parents/Guardians

Ratification

This policy was ratified by the B.O.M.