St Marys Booterstown

Enrolments/Admissions Policy

The Board of Management has set out its Enrolment / Admissions Policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the Equal Status Act 2000.

This policy is automatically sent to all parents who request a school application form, and is explained to all prospective parents at a meeting held in the school each November. 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 must have regard to the resources and funding available. The school follows the curriculum programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Section 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, and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of:

· inclusion and integration, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational needs;

· 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;

Decision-making

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy. As a general principle and in so far as is practicable having regard to the school's enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided there is space available.

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.

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 education needs of the child 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 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. Those resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, support teaching, a special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other special services.

The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child's needs and the school's capacity to meet those needs. If necessary, a case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher or psychologist, as appropriate.

It may be necessary for the board to decide to refuse to enrol a particular child where, (a) the school would be unable to meet the child's educational needs within the context of available resources and (b) the education of that child would make impossible or have a seriously detrimental effect on the education of other children in the school.