St. Joseph’s Mixed N.S. Kilmessan
This enrolment policy for St. Joseph’s Mixed National School, Kilmessan, Co. Meath has been set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Education Welfare Act 2000, relevant health and safety legislation, equality legislation and the directives of the School Patron. The current policy was revised by School Management and approved by the School Patron on the 6th May 2015.
Equality of access is the core value that determines our policy regarding the enrolment of children in St. Joseph’s School. All children have an equal right to education. No child will be refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, gender, traveller status, asylum seeker/refugee status, political beliefs, family or social circumstances.
While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in a school of their choice, the management of St. Joseph’s School reserves the right to determine maximum class size, to ensure the safety of existing pupils and to set the criteria used to determine how applications for Junior Infants and all other classes through the school are prioritised when the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available.
The Staffing and Organisation of St. Joseph’s Mixed N.S.
St. Joseph’s Mixed N.S. is a Roman Catholic co-
The school currently has 7 mainstream classroom teachers, an administrative Principal, a Learning Support teacher, a Resource teacher & a part-
What factors influenced our policy on enrolment?
The following is a list of factors taken into consideration by the Management of St. Joseph’s Mixed N.S. in revising its enrolment policy and procedures:
i) Availability of space in classrooms and recreational areas
ii) Availability of Grants and resources. (The School depends on grants and resources from The Department of Education and Skills and operates in accordance with regulations and circular letters issued from time to time by the D.E.S.).
iii) Educational needs of the existing pupils
iv) The presence of pupils with special educational and behavioural needs.
v) Directives from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) on recommended class size and minimum age for school enrolment. (In keeping with the Department’s current recommended pupil-
vi) Directives from the School Patron.
The Application Process
A) Those seeking to enrol their child can obtain an Enrolment Application Form from the school. This form should be completed and returned to the school with the following documentation;
(i) Copy of child’s Birth Certificate.
(ii) In the case of Catholic applicants, a Baptism Certificate.
(iii) Children transferring from other schools must submit records from the previous school concerning attendance and progress.
Applications for Junior Infants must be returned before the published closing date. School Management is not obliged to consider applications which are late, incomplete or do not include the required documentation. Intentionally submitting inaccurate information on the application form will render it null and void. The submission of an application form does not confer a right to enrolment.
B) School Management will process all applications received during enrolment week (on a date to be decided, usually in February) and apply the enrolment criteria outlined below when necessary. For the year 2016/2017 the closing date for enrolment is Friday February 26th.
C) Written notification of the decision will be issued to parents within 21 days of the closing date.
D) Parents of children who have been offered a place must inform the school in writing, within seven working days, that they wish to accept the offer. Failure to do so may result in the re-
What criteria are used to prioritise applicants?
The criteria below are listed in order of the priority afforded to each category. They will be used to prioritise enrolment applications when the number of applications received exceeds the number of places available in any given class. In the event of the number of applicants in any of the categories 1-
1. Brothers/sisters of currently enrolled students
2. Children of current staff members
3. Roman Catholic children living within the parish boundary*
4. Roman Catholic Children residing outside the parish boundary who do not have a Catholic school in their own parish*
5. All other children living within the parish boundary
6. All other children living outside the parish boundary
*A baptismal cert must be submitted with the application form in the case of Roman Catholics
Children with Special Needs
Children with Special Needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science. In the event of an application for a child with special needs, the Board will request a copy of the child’s medical/psychological reports or a professional assessment of the child’s needs. In exceptional circumstances, the Board reserves the right to refuse enrolment where it deems that:
(i) The presence of the applicant in the school would impede the education of other pupils (each child has a right to an education without infringement) or would pose a threat to the safety of staff and/or students.
(ii) The applicant’s needs are such that, even with additional resources, the school could not meet his/her needs or provide an appropriate education for him/her.
Parents who are unhappy with an enrolment decision may appeal to the School Board of Management. A letter stating the reason for the appeal should be forwarded to the Chairperson within seven working days of receiving the letter of refusal. The appeal will be discussed at a Board meeting and a final decision issued within twenty-
N.B. This enrolment policy will be reviewed and revised periodically.
This policy was reviewed on 6th May 2015
Signature of Chairperson B.O.M. Fr T. Toner