Enrolment Policy

Introduction This policy was formulated by the Board of Management of St. Teresa’s Primary School under the guidance of Patron, the Catholic Archbishop of the Dublin Diocese and the Catholic Primary School Management Association (C.P.S.M.A.) and in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Department of Education and Skills. School Ethos St. Teresa’s Primary School is a Roman Catholic Co-educational Primary School under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin. The school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 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, the school supports the principles of:-
  •  inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need;
  •  equality of access and participation in the school;
  •  parental choice in relation to enrolment; and
  •  respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.
Aims The Board of Management of St. Teresa’s Primary School has formulated this policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 to assist parents in relation to enrolment matters. Furthermore, the Chairperson and the Principal teacher will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy. General School Information St. Teresa’s Primary School Hampton Balbriggan Co. Dublin. Phone: 01 8416207 Email: adminstteresasps@gmail.com St. Teresa’s Primary School is a co-educational school which caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to 6th class. The school is an inclusive school and caters for children of all abilities. There are 26 full time teachers, including the principal, 6 resource/learning support/language teachers. Special Needs Assistants are assigned to the school by the Department of Education and Skills to enable certain pupils with special needs to be included in the school. St. Teresa’s Primary School operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) equality law and all other relevant legislation. The school follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science. Application Procedure 1. Parents who wish to enrol pupils in St. Teresa’s Primary School are requested to complete and return to the school, an Application Form (available from the school office). Enrolment of pupils for the Junior Infant classes should take place as early as possible in the year preceding attendance but not later than November 21st, where it is intended that the child would start school the following September. This will be encouraged within the school community by newsletter, by parish bulletin, and by other appropriate means sanctioned by the Board of Management. 2. Parents should supply an original Birth/Adoption Certificate and a Baptismal Certificate (if applicable) with their Application Form. 3. A specific Application Form, which provides key information about each pupil, must be completed by parents. The application will not be treated as complete until all requested information has been received. These details include: (a) Child’s name, age and address (b) Names and address(es) of child’s parents (c) Contact telephone numbers for parents (d) Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency (e) Religion including date and place of Baptism (f) Information concerning any medical, emotional or psychological condition; (g) Information concerning any previous school(s) attended (if any), and the reason for transfer, if applicable School Code of Behaviour 1. Parents wishing to enrol a child in St. Teresa’s Primary School will be presented with a copy of the School’s Code of Behaviour which includes the anti-bullying policy. Children enrolled in St. Teresa’s Primary School are required to co-operate and uphold the School’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies. 2. Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children cooperate with these policies. It is expected that parents will discuss the code with their child(ren) and will support it. Decision-Making 1. Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of St. Teresa’s Primary School in accordance with school policy. 2. 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 and taking (e) into consideration. Where applications for enrolment exceed available space, the Board shall exercise its discretion in applying the following criteria for decision-making: (a) Catholic children of the parish / Siblings of the proposed new entrant currently on the school roll; (It should be clearly understood that Catholic children of the parish, siblings of children currently in the school and Catholic children with siblings in the school all share equal first preference where requests for placements exceed available space. Criterion (d) applies). (b) Catholic children of other parishes whose local school cannot accommodate; (c) Other children of the parish (d) All other things being equal, the ages of the children will be taken into consideration (using April 30th as an initial cut-off date) or as otherwise determined by the Board of Management; (e) School ethos 3. The completion of an application form or the placement of your child’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school. 4. Decisions regarding enrolment for incoming Junior Infants will be communicated in writing within 21 days of the cut off point for enrolments of November 13th 2015, following the receipt of fully completed Enrolment Application Forms 5. In the case of other enrolments decisions regarding enrolments will be communicated in writing within 21 days of the application for enrolment following the receipt of fully completed Enrolment Application Forms. 6. Parents/ Guardians have a right to appeal Board of Management decisions under section 29 of the Education Act 2008 in the case of the non-enrolment of their child. An appeal may be made to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science in respect of a decision by a board of management, as defined in the Education Act, 1998. An appeal will generally not be admitted unless it is made within 42 calendar days from the date the decision of the Board of Management. The appeal forms may be obtained by contacting Post Primary Administration, Department of Education and Science, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Admission Day / Date 1. The recommended day for admitting Junior Infants is September 1st (or opening day) of the school year. 2. The Board’s policy allows flexibility in enrolling pupils at other times during the school year. Enrolment of Children with Special Needs 1. St. Teresa’s Primary School has one class that cater for children with special needs. The specific description, as outlined by the Department of Education and Skills, is mild general disability (MGLD). Only those pupils who have been specifically referred for placement in the special class for mild general learning disability may be enrolled in those classes. In order to be eligible for placement within the Special Classes, children must be assessed by a NEPS (or NEPS approved) psychologist and present with MGLD. 2. Priority will be given to pupils who are currently enrolled in mainstream classes in the school with a professional report recommending placement in the MGLD Special Class. 3. The Board of Management shall request a copy of the child’s Psychological and/or Educational Assessment Report. These reports ensure that the child’s application for enrolment is appropriate to our Special Needs provision. It also assists the school in establishing the educational and resource needs of the child. 4. Following receipt of the report, the Board shall assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the reports. 5. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it should, 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 or Educational Report. These resources may include access to 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. 6. The school should meet with the parents of the child and discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capacity to meet those needs. lf 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. 7. The Board may decide to defer enrolment into the Special Education Class pending the receipt of all current and relevant assessment and/or medical reports. Exceptional Circumstances The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could arise where either: 1. The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education. 2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property. Pupils Transferring 1. Pupils may transfer to the school subject to school policy and the approval of the Department of Education and Science if space is available. 2. The school must be provided with information concerning the pupil’s previous attendance and educational progress by the child’s previous school, when the child’s name is added to the School Register of St. Teresa’s Primary School. [Education (Welfare) Act 2000]. This policy has been ratified by the Board of Management of St. Teresa’s Primary School Signature of Chairperson Date for Review This policy has been updated to reflect a new date for enrolment. (Updated November 2016).