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Admissions Policy

 

St. Paul’s CBS Primary

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY 2013

 

St Paul’s CBS

North Brunswick St,

Dublin 7

Phone No: 01 8722167

Principal: Ruth Coghlan

Deputy Principal: John McCaw

 

 

Introductory Statement 

St Paul’s Primary School “Scoil Na MBráthar” is a Catholic primary School for boys only. The school is a senior school and admission is from 2nd Class upwards to 6th Class.

The school is under the patronage of the Dublin archdioceses and is also under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, and welcomes all students for whom the school can provide an appropriate education. The school aims to provide an integrated and an inclusive education in accordance with the five key elements of an Edmund Rice Schools Trust Charter which are:

      Nurturing faith, Christian spirituality and Gospel-based values

      Promoting partnership in the school community

      Excelling in teaching and learning

      Creating a caring school community

      Inspiring transformational leadership

 

Each year the Board of Management may have to decide in advance on or about the 1st of March, the number of pupils for whom the school can provide an appropriate education, having regards to the facilities, personnel and resources.

 

The Board Of Management of St. Paul’s is setting out, in this statement, the policy of the school, in regard to enrolment and admission of children to the school, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, 1998.

The Board trusts that this statement of policy will be of assistance to parents and guardians in relation to enrolment and admission matters.

The Board also wishes to state that the Chairman and the Principal of the school will be willing to clarify any matters arising from this policy statement.

 

 

Mission Statement.

The mission of Edmund Rice is the spiritual foundation on which we have built our mission, our ethos, aims and objectives.

 

The school wants me to:

  • Think for myself.
  • Make up my own mind about things.
  • To respect myself and others.

 

We feel that adherance to and respect for these principles by all the partners in the school, Board of Management, Staff, Parents, Pupils and all who have dealings with the school will result in achieving our aims which are:

 

 

 

 

 

Aims

Inclusiveness, especially with reference to the enrolment of pupils with special educational needs

Equality of access and participation in the school.

Parental choice in relation to selection of school, having regard for the characteristic
spirit of that school.

Respect for diversity. The school respects diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, language and way of life.

 

 

  

Contents of the Policy
School Resources.

The financial resources of the school are provided by a combination of Department of education and Skill’s grants, capitation grants, voluntary contributions and fund-raising. The teaching resources are provided by the Department of Education and Skills teacher allocation.
The implementation of the school’s admission policy must have due regard to the financial and teaching resources of the school.
The school operates within the rules and regulations set down from time to time by the DES. It also follows the curricular programme prescribed by the DES, which may be amended from time to time by the DES, in accordance with the Education Act 1998, (sections 9 and 30).

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES
The school welcomes all students and aims to provide an integrated and inclusive education.
This policy was formulated in consultation with all the major shareholders, Staff, Parents, the Schools board of Management and the Edmund Rice Schools Trust. A copy of the policy will be provided at the first point of contact between parents and the school. The policy will also  be made available to all through the school’s website www.brunnerprimary.ie

 

(A) Application for admission into Second Class:

Application for enrolment in the school is made by completing the school’s application form.

The application form is available from the School Office.The completed application form should be returned to the School Office with a copy of Baptismal or Birth Certificate. Department Circular 24/2002:

A child may not be allowed to attend or be enrolled in a primary school

before the fourth anniversary of his/her birth. A copy of the child’s birth certificate should be obtained and retained in school records.  The PPSN number of the child should also be obtained at the time of enrolment. 

 

 

The Board will inform the school community of the procedure for application, through the admissions policy and through appropriate channels. For example liaising with our feeder schools Presentation George’s Hill and Stanhope Street Primary school,place a notification in our local Parish newsletter and the policy will be available for download on the school website www.brunnerprimary.ie.

 

We also have an information pack distributed to parents expressing an interest in enrolling their child in the school.

The School does not begin enrolling until May for admissions to second class for the following school year, so should anybody apply in advance of this date, we will take note of their enquiry and contact them in May.
The Closing date for applications is Friday 14th June 2013. The Board will make a decision in respect of an application within 21 days of this closing date.The application will not be treated as complete until all requested information has been received.

The school makes provision for late applications subject to places being available in the School.

(B) Enrolment :
Applications for enrolment to any class in our school can be made at any time. 2nd Class applications will be processed and enrolments confirmed in May and June of the intended school year .
Successful applicants will be informed in writing of their acceptance within 21 days of deadline. Parents or guardians are then required to confirm their acceptance of a place in the school for their child.
St Paul’s will confirm enrolment and arrange an Induction Day for the incoming pupils from our feeder schools. Parents and Guardians who accepted a place in the school will also be invited to attend an Open Night before the school year commences.

(C) Excess Applications :
The criteria for deciding on acceptance or refusal of applications, where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, is set down below in an open, transparent and fair manner.
The Diocesan enrolment policy for primary schools is as follows;
1 Brothers of boys already enrolled in the school.
2 Catholic children of the St Michan’s parish including Catholic children of the Travelling Community resident in the parish.
3 Catholic children who do not have a Catholic school within their parish boundaries.

4.Other children living in the Parish
5.Other Children living outside the Parish.
(D) Special Needs Applicants :
The school welcomes applications for admission of pupils with special educational needs.
The school will use the personnel and financial resources provided by the DES, to make reasonable provision and accommodation for students with disabilities or special needs, up to a nominal cost.
The school aims to identify, at an early stage, any applicant for admission who has special needs, and to become familiar with the specific needs of the child.
In making provision for children with special needs, the school needs to know if the child has had access to
1. A special needs assistant
2. A special class
3. Help, for specific needs, from any resource teacher
4. Assistance with behaviour modification
5 Psychological assessment
6. Any additional resources to help with special needs
7. Help in areas including visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech impairment, learning disability or emotional disturbance
8. Any resource in relation to travel or mobility

If an expert report is provided, it should include workable strategies for addressing the needs of the child, allowing for the resources available.
If no expert report is available, the school will request immediate assessment, in order to determine the educational needs of the child.
Having gathered all the relevant information available, the Board of Management will assess how the needs of the child can be met.
The DES will be requested in writing to provide additional resources, if such are needed.
The school will meet the parents to discuss the needs of the child and the capability of the school to meet these needs.
In very exceptional cases, final acceptance of an applicant will depend on the additional resources being provided by the DES.
Parents or guardians of children with special needs are strongly advised to make early application to the school, to allow time to follow the procedures outlined above.
As soon as possible, but not later than 21 days after a parent or guardian has provided the relevant information, the Board of Management shall decide on the application concerned, and inform the parents or guardian in writing of their decision. (Educational Welfare Act 2000, Section 19, 3.)
(E) Transfer of pupils from other schools :
Pupils from other schools may transfer into the school at any time subject to the following conditions.
The transfer is in accordance with the school’s admission policy.
The school is satisfied with the reasons for the transfer.
The transfer is in the best interest of the pupil, and pupils within the school.
All relevant information from the former school is made available.
Space is available in the school to facilitate the transfer.
The Educational Welfare Officer is consulted, if necessary.

As a matter of courtesy to other schools in the locality. Pupils wishing to transfer from a local school will not be accepted without parental consent to the provision of information by the first school.

 

“I/We the parent/guardian of [student] born on [date] consent to [Principal/School Authority]  of [previous school] to release appropriate and relevant information to the  school Principal pertaining to [student]  in the event that [he/she] is contacted by the  school Principal.”

 

(F) Decision-making Process :
Decisions in relation to admissions are made by the Board of Management, in accordance with school admissions policy.
The Board will have regard for the relevant conditions prescribed by the DES concerning class size, staffing provisions, accommodation, physical space, health and welfare of children and eligibility for admission.
The Board reserves the right to refuse an application for admission, in exceptional circumstances, as stated in the Education Act of 1998, (Section 29).

 

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any 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 or

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.

 

(G)Data Protection:

 

The school is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1988 and 2003. Personal data supplied on the enrolment form will be used for the purposes of student enrolment, registration, administration, child welfare and to fulfil any other legal obligations. While the information provided will generally be treated as confidential to the school, from time to time it may be necessary for us to exchange personal data on a confidential basis with other bodies including the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Social and Family Affairs, An Garda Siochana, the Health Service Executive, and the National Educational Welfare Board.

 

Contact details will also be used to notify you of school events and activities. We rely on parents/guardians to provide us with accurate and complete information and to update us in relation to any change in the information provided. Should you wish to update or access your child’s personal data, you should write to the School Principal.”
(H) The right of appeal:
Parents or guardians have the right to appeal a refusal by the Board to admit their child.
The Board’s decision will be given in writing and the reason for the refusal will be clearly stated.
The parents or guardians will be informed of their right to appeal the decision, and will be supplied with the Appeals Application Form. (Circular 22/02) The appeal will be made to The Secretary General, Appeals Administration Unit, Department of Education and Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, on the relevant form i.e. any appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, must be taken by parents within 42 days of the Board’s decision. The school must be informed in writing of the decision to appeal.

  

 

Roles and responsibility for development, implementation and reporting.

 

Board of Management/Principal

–      The Board of Management, through the Principal and teaching staff has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of this policy.

–      This document states the Admissions Policy of our school at the present time. It may, however, be subject to adjustments and changes in the future. Such changes and adjustments will be contained in an updated version of the school’s Admissions Policy.

 

 Success Criteria (by which policy will be judged)

 

The success of this policy will be judged by the successful implementation of its stated aims.

 

 Review

 

This policy will be reviewed annually or as the Board of Management deem necessary.

 

 Ratification and Communication

 

Presentation to the Board of Management school year 2012/2013

 

Date of ratification: May 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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