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Admission Policy of Scoil Maelruain Senior

Admission Policy of Scoil Maelruain Senior National School

School Address: Old Bawn Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Roll number: 19463V

School Patron: Archbishop of Dublin

  1. Introduction

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.

The policy was approved by the school patron on [TBC].  It is published on the school’s website, www.scoilmaelruainsenior.ie and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.

This policy governs enrolment for the school year 2021/22 and will continue in force thereafter until replaced.

The relevant dates and timelines for Scoil Maelruain Senior’s admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

  1. Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the schools

Scoil Maelruain Senior is a Catholic co-educational senior primary school with a Catholic Ethos under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin. Catholic Ethos in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church which aims at promoting:

  1. the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including the cognitive, intellectual, physical, social, creative, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects;

  2. a living relationship with God and with other people;

  3. a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and

  4. the formation of pupils in the Catholic faith.

The school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or characteristic sprit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of Scoil Maelruain Senior shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

MISSION STATEMENT

Scoil Maelruain strives to provide a well ordered, caring, happy and secure environment which develops and nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical, academic, aesthetic and cultural aspects of the individual pupils. This will happen in an atmosphere of mutual respect where all members of the school community will work in a spirit of encouragement and co-operation while recognising and celebrating diversity.

Scoil Maelruain endeavours to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community by promoting respect for one another; respect for the right to learn; respect for property; respect and care for the environment and a sense of responsibility for the local community and community at large.

Scoil Maelruain promotes and develops a well ordered, disciplined, learning environment where the pupils feel happy and safe and where the teachers and staff feel fulfilled, motivated and supported. The school will pursue academic excellence through an integrated balance and stimulating curriculum. The school will encourage all pupils to reach their full potential.

Scoil Maelruain strives to promote both individually and collectively the professional and personal development of teachers. The staff of the school aspires to be co-operative, approachable, tolerant, motivated, caring, resourceful and committed to supporting and nurturing the pupils in their learning and care.

Scoil Maelruain encourages the involvement of parents through home/school contacts; through their involvement in the Parents’ Association and by their active involvement and support for various school activities and by valuing and respecting parents’ opinions.

The Board of Management of Scoil Maelruain Senior is both supportive and well informed of the work of the school. It appreciates the needs of the staff and partners and encourages the personal and professional development of all employees of the school.

The school operates under the Department of Education and Skills (D.E.S) from which grants and resources are received annually. Regulations are laid down by the D.E.S.

The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998). The school also follows the Religious programme prescribed by the Education Secretariat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

  1. Admission Statement

Scoil Maelruain Senior will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

  1. the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

  2. the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

  3. the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

  4. the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

  5. the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

  6. the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

  7. the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,

  8. the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or

  9. the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’,  ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

Scoil Maelruain Senior is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not Catholic and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

  1. Admission of Students

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

  1. the school is oversubscribed

  1. a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student

  1. Oversubscription

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice:

  • Children already attending 2nd class in Scoil Maelruain Junior

  • Children who have siblings in the Senior School

  • Children living in St. Martin’s Parish not attending 2nd class in Scoil Maelruain Junior

  • All other children who wish to enrol subject to DES guidelines on pupil/teacher ratio

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

  • The order of priority, within each of the categories above, is determined by the date of birth of each child, with priority to the oldest.

  1. What will not be considered or taken into account

In accordance with section 62(7) (e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

  1. the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;

  1. a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;

  1. the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;

  1. a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;

  1. a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school;

  1. the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school,

This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned.

  1. Decisions on applications

All decisions on applications for admission to Scoil Maelruain Senior will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy

  • The school’s annual admission notice

  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

  1. Notifying applicants of decisions

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice.

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.

  1. Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant

In accepting an offer of admission from Scoil Maelruain Senior you must indicate—

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

  1. Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Scoil Maelruain where—

  1. it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.

  2. an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.

  3. the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or

  4. an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.

  1. Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students.

Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list of the students in relation to whom—

(i) an application for admission to the school has been received,

(ii) an offer of admission to the school has been made, or

(iii) an offer of admission to the school has been accepted.

The list may include any or all of the following:

(i) the date on which an application for admission was received by the school;

(ii) the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;

(iii) the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;

(iv) a student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005).

  1. Waiting list in the event of oversubscription

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Scoil Maelruain Senior were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of Scoil Maelruain Senior is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.

Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of the application.

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

  1. Late Applications

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act.

Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application.  Late applicants will be offered a place if there is place available.  In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13.

  1. Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year

  1. The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as follows:

The Board of Management has the right to determine the maximum number of children in each class for enrolment in fourth, fifth and sixth classes. The above criteria for enrolment will then be considered.

  1. The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows:

In the event of such an application being received the Board will endeavour to facilitate such enrolment subject to the capacity constraints of the school at the time and the Department’s pupil/teacher ratio. The principal reserves the right to contact the school from which the pupil is transferring to request information deemed necessary.

  1. Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

The board of Scoil Maelruain Senior or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

  1. an application for admission of a student to the school, or

  2. the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

  1. Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parents have requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction in the school.  These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such students:

A written request should be made to the Principal of the school.  A meeting will then be arranged with the parent(s) to discuss how the request may be accommodated by the school.

  1. Reviews/appeals

Review of decisions by the board of Management

The parent of the student  may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Right of appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.