A. General Information
In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, 1998, the Board of Management of Scoil Náisiúnta an Inbhir, has developed this Enrolment Policy document to assist parents in relation to enrolment matters. The school Principal (Máirín Glenn) and the chairperson of the Board of Management (Seán Rowley) can be contacted to clarify any matters arising from the policy.
Contact details for SN an Inbhir are as follows:
School Name: Scoil Náisiúnta an Inbhir
School Address: Barr na Trá,
Béal an Átha,
Telephone No: 097 84532
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.inver.org
The school is under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Killala.
Most Rev. Dr. John Fleming.
Total Number of Teachers in the School:
Principal Teacher, one Assistant Teachers, shared Learning Support Teacher
Range of Classes Taught:
Junior Infants to Sixth Class, boys and girls.
School opening hours are from 09.20 to 15.00 for all classes except Junior and Senior Infants and from 09.20 to 14.00 for Junior and Senior Infants.
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 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.
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy.
B. Admission Procedures
1. Enrolment is by way of calling into the school and speaking to the Principal or Infant teacher . The community is informed of enrolment through notification in the Parish Bulletin in May/June.
2. Admission: Children are offered a place in the school in accordance with the school admission policies. The number of places offered is in accordance with the Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size. The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education and Science Rules for National Schools which provide that pupils may only be admitted to the school from the age of 4 years and upwards.
Confirmation: A child must be 4 years of age by the 1st of September of the year they are to enter the school to be eligible for intake to the school.
For parents accepting the offer of a place in the school, an Open Day for parents and children will be held during the last school term prior to the child’s first day at school.
3. Children transferring from another school: Procedures are as detailed above. Children may transfer to the school, subject to available space. Intake and enrolment to the school takes place in September. The Education Welfare Act (2000) contains specific provisions in relation to transfer of pupils, including the requirement that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress is communicated between schools. In exceptional circumstances, the school will enroll students in the beginning of term time, with Board approval.
4. Special Needs: Should it become apparent that a child has special educational and/or health needs, it is very important that these are discussed with the school Principal as soon as the needs become apparent, in order to best facilitate the child in the school. It is open to the Board of Management to request a copy of a 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 special needs and to profile the support services required. This enables the Principal to have in place necessary resources when the child starts in the school. Otherwise, there may be lengthy delays in accessing these resources, through no fault of the school. Occasionally, it may be necessary for Boards of Management to decide to defer enrolment of a particular child pending a) the receipt of an assessment report; and/or b) the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education and Science to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical report.
5. Change of Address: It is very important that any change of address is notified to the school in writing, along with the names and dates of birth of all children on the pre-enrolment list.
NB It expected that each child will transfer to Secondary School directly after Sixth Class. Should any parent wish to request that their child repeat a class, the request should be put in writing to the Board of Management. The BOM may accede to the request if it is felt that there are genuine educational reasons to do so.
C. Provision of Key Information by Parents
The following information will be required when children are being enrolled to include
Pupil’s name, age and address;
• Names and addresses of pupil’s parents/legal guardians;
• Contact telephone numbers;
• Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency;
• Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of;
• Previous schools attended, if any, and reasons for transfer, if applicable; and
• Any other relevant information (including any such further information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act (2000) or Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (2004).
D. Decision making
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy. The Board will notify parents of their decision within 21 days of receiving such information (to come in to being as per Education Welfare Act (2000). 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. (See note below on Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004)
The Board will have regard for relevant Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and/or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, including physical space and the health and welfare of children.
The Board is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years. The Board of Management strongly recommends that applicant children are at least four years of age on or before April 30 of the school commencement year.
In the event that applications for enrolment exceed/is expected to exceed the number of places available the following decision making process will apply. The Board will exercise its discretion in the application of the following criteria. The criteria may include any of the following though not necessarily in that order:
• Whether there are siblings of the proposed new entrant already in the school;
• Ages of the children;
• Parish boundaries/Diocesan policies;
• First come, first served;
• Children of staff members;
• Any specific provision for children of ethnic minorities, including travellers, refugees, asylum seekers etc;
• Ethos considerations; and
• Any other.
E. Code of Behaviour
Children enrolled in SN an Inbhir are required to co-operate with and support the Code of Behaviour (see attached) and ethos of the school, as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management.
The policy is available on request and has been ratified by the BOM
The BOM has ratified this policy in March 2013 and will be due for review in 2016.