Scoil Charthaigh Naofa

Enrolment Policy.


The Enrolment Policy of Scoil Charthaigh Naofa has been formulated in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and the Rules for National Schools in order to assist parents in relation to enrolment matters. The policy was formulated by the Board of Management in consultation with parents. The Chairperson, Tom Finnerty or the Principal Mr Emmett Breathnach will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

Scoil Charthaigh Naofa is located at Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Phone No: (05793) 55869. The school's patron is Bishop Michael Smith. It is a Catholic school where the Catholic and Christian values permeate the culture of all of the school's work and activities.

There are six class teachers who are supported by a learning support teacher and a resource teacher. This school caters for boys and girls.

The range of classes taught are those laid down in the Primary School Curriculum by the Department of Education and Science and also as directed by the circular letters from the Department.

The school depends on grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down by the Department. Our school policy must have regard to the resources and funding available.

Within the context and parameters of Department Regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron set out in the Education Act and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of equality of access. No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special education needs, disability, language, traveller status, asylum seeker/ refugee status, religious or political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

The school is open from 9:20 am to 3 pm on school days.

Schools within a parish co-operate with one another in this area taking into account the wider needs of the parish community and its apostolic mission.

Mochuda Preschool
Mochuda Preschool is located on the grounds of Scoil Charthaigh Naofa. It caters for children with a diagnosis of Autism who are of preschool age. There are separate enrolment procedures for Mochuda Preschool and Scoil Charthaigh Naofa. Mochuda preschool is considered to be a feeder school for children's local mainstream school or an Autism unit attached to a mainstream school. Enrolment/ Admission to Mochuda Preschool does not ensure automatic admission to Scoil Charthaigh Naofa mainstream school.

When to Enrol

A notice in the Parish Bulletin and in local press through the Rahan-Mucklagh Notes in the month of January will alert parents that application forms are available from the school.

There will be a meeting between the Principal with the Infant Teacher and Parents in the month of May.

Completed application forms should be returned before the end of January.

The principal will notify parents of a date at the end of May when they can bring their enrolled child to the school for a familiarisation afternoon visit Newly enrolled children will start school on the first day of the new school year. For the first two weeks in September Junior Infants day will be from 9:20anm to 12 am. From the third week to the end of the school year 9:20am to the dismissal time of 2pm for Juniors and Senior Infants, and 3pm for all other classes.

Pupils Transferring

Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to "Rules Governing National Schools" as well as our own school's enrolment policy and local agreements with other schools. Under the terms of The Education Welfare Act (2000) information concerning attendances and the child's educational progress should be provided from the school from which the child is transferring.

Those transferring should have their schoolbooks, uniforms and all the necessary forms before presenting themselves for class.

Children entering 6th class from outside the parish must be enrolled by September of their 6th class academic year. This will not apply to children who have moved to the parish or live in the parish and wish to transfer to 6th class in Scoil Charthaigh Naofa.

 

Code of Behaviour.

Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School/ Board of Management' s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. The Board of Management places Parents/ Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age appropriate way.
These policies may have to be added to and revised from time to time.


Procedures for Enrolment.

Parents seeking to enrol their children in Scoil Charthaigh Naofa are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application Form (available from the school) with an original Birth/ Adoption Certificate to the school by the 31st January each year. Applications will be placed on a class waiting list. Under the rules of the Department of Education and Science pupils may only be enrolled from the age of four and upward. The board specifies that all infants enrolled must be 4 years of age by the 1st of September of the relevant academic school year.

While recognising the rights of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Scoil Charthaigh Naofa is also responsible to respect the rights of the existing school community, and in particular, the children already enrolled. This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the ethos of the school, the principles of natural justice, and acting in the best interest of all children. Assisting the school in such circumstances, the Board of Management, with due regard for the patrons wishes, reserve the right to determine the maximum number of children in each class bearing in mind:

The size of the classrooms and the available space in the classrooms.
The availability of grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science.
The educational needs of children of a particular age.
Multi grade classes.
The presence of children with special education and or behavioural needs.
Department of Education and Science maximum class average directives.

Enrolment of children with special needs.

On application for the enrolment of children with special needs the Board of Management requests a copy of the child's medical and/or psychological report or if such reports are not available 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.

On receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school could meet the needs specified. 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 for special needs
Special needs assistant
Specialised equipment or furniture
Transport services or other .

The school will request to meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child's needs and the school's suitability or capability in meeting those needs. It may be necessary to have the following parties at the conference:

Parents
Principal
Class teacher
Learning support teacher
Resource of special needs teacher or psychologist as appropriate.

It may be necessary for the Board 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 and Science to meet the needs specified in the psychologist or medical report.
If the school cannot provide the recommended supports or facilities necessary for a child with special educational needs or if these supports will not be provided by the department of education the board may be unable to enrol that child if enrolment in the opinion of the board of management is not in the best interests of the child.

Enrolment Procedures

In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places proceeding or during the school year( due to the Board of Management being unable to provide suitable accommodation, or recruit the required teaching staff) the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:

a) Children living within the parish
b) Brothers and sisters of children already enrolled
c) Children of current teaching staff
d) Children of parents who have a traditional association with the school(e.g. past pupils)
e) Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the D.E.S. to B.O.M.
f) Children from outside the parish once section a-e have been accommodated and providing that their enrolment will not contravene Departmental guidelines on the class size etc.

The B.O.M. reserves the right the right of admission if such admissions contravene Departmental guidelines on the class size.

Implementation.

It is envisaged that this document will be formally implemented from September 2007, to be reviewed in September 2008.

Ratification and Communication:

The Board of Management ratified this document inMay 2011


Review:
We will review this policy in Sept 2012 and responsibility for the review lies with the Board of Management and the teaching staff.