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Enrolment Policy

SCOIL MAELRUAIN SINSEAR

Roll Number 19463V

ENROLMENT POLICY

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General Introduction

This enrolment 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 will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr. Conway O.P., and the principal teacher, Tomás Ó Reachtabhra, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy. This policy is subject to any directions which may be issued from time to time by the Minister for Education.

School Name: Scoil Maelruain Senior

School Address: Old Bawn Avenue,

Tallaght,

Dublin 24.

Telephone No.: 4510706

Denominational Character: Roman Catholic

Name of Patron: Archbishop Diarmaid Martin

Total No. of Teachers in the School: Seventeen full time which includes the Principal and four Special Education Teachers – one for English for non-national children.

Range of Classes Taught: Third to Sixth Classes, co-educational

School Opening Hours: 9:05 – 2:45 Third to Sixth Classes

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 with 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, 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

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

society

The school day begins at 9:05a.m. with assembly in the school yards and finishes

at 2:45p.m. with dismissal.

Procedures for Application for Enrolment

The Board of Management requests parents/guardians who wish to enrol pupils who have completed 2nd class in Scoil Maelruain Junior to complete a written application form and to return it to the Principal of Scoil Maelruain Senior as directed. Other parents may call to the Principal’s Office by ringing 4510706 and making an appointment.

Provision of Key Information by parents

The Board of Management indicates that certain information will be required on the Enrolment Application Form.

Decision Making

All decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy.

The Board of Management indicates that as a general principle and in so far as practicable, having regard for the school’s enrolment policy, that children will be enrolled on application provided there is space available.

The Board of Management clarifies that it is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools.

The Board has regard for any relevant DES guidelines in relation to class size or staffing provisions and/or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, such as physical space or the health and welfare of children.

Where applications for enrolment exceed the number of places available, children will be enrolled in the following order:

Criteria

Children already attending 2nd class in Scoil Maelruain Junior having regard to the stated ethos of the school.

Children already attending 2nd class in Scoil Maelruain Junior of other denominations who have siblings in the Senior school

Children already attending 2nd class in Scoil Maelruain Junior of other denominations.

Children who are sons and daughters of former pupils

(a) living in St. Martin’s Parish

(b) living outside of St. Martin’s Parish

Children living in St. Martin’s Parish not attending 2nd class in Scoil Maelruain Junior having regard to the stated ethos of the school.

All other children living in St. Martin’s Parish who wish to enrol subject to Department of Education and Science Guidelines on Pupil/Teacher ratio.

Children from Parishes outside of St. Martin’s Parish having regards to the stated

ethos of the school.

Children from Parishes outside of St. Martin’s from other denominations.

Enrolment of 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 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 should assess how the school could 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 or medical report. These resources may include for example, access to or 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.

The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties may be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, special education teacher or psychologist as appropriate.

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

the receipt of an assessment report and/or

the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education & Science to meet the needs specified in the Psychological and/or medical report.

Pupils Transferring

The Board of Management specifies that 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.

Information in relation to the transfer of pupils concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress will be communicated between schools, in accordance with the Education Welfare Act (2000).

Code of Behaviour

The school will append its Code of Behaviour to the school’s enrolment policy (pending the implementation of the Education Welfare Act 2000 and the issue of appropriate guidelines by the National Education Welfare Board).

This policy will be reviewed in 3 years time or as new legislation may require.

This policy was drawn up by Pádraic Corcoran, teacher; Maura Roberts, teachers’ representative on the Board of Management; Aileen O’ Toole, Chairperson of the Parents’ Association; Martin Comerford, Parents’ Association member and Tomás Ó Reachtabhra, Principal.

It was circulated to all Board of Management members a week in advance of a meeting and has been approved by the Board.

March, 2005

Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Maelruain Sinsear

Registration Form for Enrolment

Pupil’s Name………………………………….. Date of Birth……………………………….

Address……………………………………….. Nationality ………………………………..

Home Phone No. …………………………….

Religion …………………………………………..Additional Information……………………..

Language Spoken in the home……………………………………………………………………

Previous School Attended……………………….. Class………………………………………..

Other Schools Attended……..…………………………………………………………………….

Learning Support Received ………………………. Since………………………………………..

Resource Support Received………………………..Since………………………………………..

English Language Classes Attended ………………Since………………………………………..

Has your child been psychologically assessed………………..Available Reports……………….

Reason for transfer if not transferring from Scoil Maelruain Junior………………………………

Name of pupil’s parents/guardians:

Father’s Name………………………………… Mother’s Name………………………………

Address……………………………………….. Address………………………………………

Occupation……………………………………. Occupation…………………………………..

Work Phone No. ……………………………… Work Phone No. …………………………….

Mobile No. …………………………………… Mobile No. …………………………………

Emergency Contact Name………………………………………………………………………….

Relationship to child ………………………………Phone No…………………………………….

Medical Information

Name of Family Doctor………………………… Phone No. ……………………………………

Has your child every been hospitalised? Yes No

If Yes, please specify……………………………………………………………………………….

Have you any concerns about your child’s hearing/speech/vision? Yes No

If Yes, please specify……………………………………………………………………………….

Does your child have any known allergies? Yes No

If Yes, please specify……………………………………………………………………………….

Has your child been diagnosed with a specific illness? Yes No

If Yes, please specify……………………………………………………………………………….

Is your child on any medication? Yes No

If Yes, please specify……………………………………………………………………………….

Any other relevant information relating to health or other matters………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Brothers/Sisters presently attending this school……………………………………………………

Brother/s Sisters who were past pupils …………………………………………………………….

I give permission for my child to be taught the Stay Safe and R.S.E. Programmes. Yes No

Signed………………………………… Date………………………………………….

March, 2005