St. Peter’s National School Enrolment Policy

                                                                        Introductory Statement
 
 
This policy was discussed at B.O.M. level and at a staff meeting. Those involved includes members of the B.O.M. and all staff members.
                                                                         Mission Statement
 
St. Peter’s National School is a co-educational, Catholic, primary school, under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin, which strives to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed.
 
While St. Peter’s National School is a school with a Catholic ethos, it also has due recognition for all other religions.
 
St. Peter’s National School will strive to promote, both individually and collectively, the professional and personal development of teachers through staff development programmes.
 
St. Peter’s National School will encourage the involvement of parents through home/school contact and through their involvement in the Peter's National School Parents' Association.
 
St. Peter’s National School will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community, to imbue in the pupils respect for people and property and to encourage in them the idea of being responsible.
 
St. Peter’s National School will promote gender equity amongst the teachers and pupils.
 
 
                                                       Déanfaimid iarracht Gaeilge a labhairt i rith an lae.
 
                                                            The school motto is:LEARNING FOR LIFE
 
 
               
 
Enrolment Policy for St. Peter’s National School, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.  (May 2017).
 
The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.  It is an inclusive school and caters for children of all abilities.  There are 25 full time teachers, including the principal, 4 SEN teachers, 2 language support teachers and 1 HSCL teacher employed in the school.  Special Needs Assistants are assigned to the school by the Department of Education and Science to enable the inclusion of certain children with special education needs.
 
St. Peter’s National School operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants. Staff are resourced by the Department of Education and Skills.  The school is subject to The Education Act (1998).  The Education Welfare Act (2000).  The Education of Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) equality law and all other relevant legislation.  St. Peter’s National School follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.
 
The Admissions Policy
 
The admissions Policy has been formulated in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 in order to assist Parents in relation to enrolment matters.  The Chairperson of the Board of Management or the Principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.
 
Decision making
 
The Board of Management determines the maximum number of children in the school based on the Department of Education’s recommended enrolment at the time.
 
Application Procedure
 
Application forms are available in the school office. Information required:
 
· Pupil’s name, age and home address.
· Pupil’s birth/adoption certificate and, where applicable, baptism certificate.
· Name and address of pupil’s parents or guardians.
· Contact telephone numbers and emergency contact numbers.
· Details of any medical condition.
· Religion.
· PPS Number.
· Nationality/Ethnic background/language spoken at home.
· Previous school attended (if any) and reason for transfer.  (reports must be submitted)
· Any other relevant information.
Any misleading information on an application will render it invalid.
 
 
There is a registration day at the end of January/beginning of February each year.  Parents of children enrolled in Junior Infants will be invited to a meeting in the school.
 
· Children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available.
· Normally, Junior Infants will not be enrolled during the year unless transferring from another school. This is for education reasons as the curriculum is progressive and it is necessary for the child to complete a full year.
· Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management.
· Parents will be informed of acceptance of the child to the school as soon as possible.
· No child is automatically refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language /accent, gender, traveller status, asylum-seeker / refugee status, religious / political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.
· The completion of an application form or the placement of your child’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.
 
Children enrolled in St. Peter’s National School are required to co-operate with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with these policies in an age-appropriate way.  
 
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment exceeding the number of places available, children will be selected for enrolment in the following order:
 
1. Siblings of children already enrolled.  (Foster children will be regarded as siblings).
2. Children of current staff members.
3. Catholic children living within the parish.
4. All children who live with the parish boundaries but are not Catholic on a first-come basis including children from St. Peter’s Montessori School.
5. Catholic children from nearby parishes on a first-come basis.
6. Children of any other religion or none who apply on a first-come basis.
7. In the event of being unable to enrol children in any year, the child’s name will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the criteria above.
 
When Parents accept a place they will be requested to pay a fee (non-refundable) or the place will be forfeited and another child will be offered the place.  This fee will then be used for Book Rental / Arts and Crafts / Photocopying, etc.
 
Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area.  Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules for National Schools,
Education Welfare Act and school’s enrolment policy.
 
Children of other faiths and no faith
 
Bearing in mind the Catholic ethos of the school, every effort will be made so that the school is as inclusive as possible. Catholic education and the ethos of the school permeates the day.  The children follow the “Grow in Love” programme.  It is not possible to provide religious instruction in other faiths and the school cannot supervise children who do not wish to take part in R.E.
 
Children with Special Needs
 
Children with special educational needs are welcome to enrol in the school and every effort will be made to provide them with an appropriate education as well as to include them in every aspect of school life.  The child enrolling in St Peter’s National School will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management.  Parents are obliged to notify the school if they feel that additional supports may be required to accommodate their child in school (preferably before the end of the February of the year in which their child wishes to come to the school).  Failure to provide adequate notice may result in deferred admission if it causes delay in securing necessary supports. 
 
The Principal, in consultation with Parents/Guardians, the Department of Education and Science and the B.O.M., will seek to put in place the resources necessary to meet the special needs of the child.  Where this is not possible the Board of Management may recommend that the Parents/Guardians seek another school where the child’s needs can be better met.
 
The Board of Management may request copies of relevant reports or request that the child be assessed immediately in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to profile the support services required.  The school will meet with the parent of the special needs child to discuss the school’s suitability for the child.  If considered necessary, a full case conference may be called which will include parents, class teacher, learning support teacher and psychologist or social worker as appropriate.
 
A child must to toilet-trained before he/she starts attending St. Peter’s National School.  While it is accepted that a child may have an accident and procedures are in place to deal with this the school does not have the capacity to provide ongoing intimate care for children without sufficient additional resources being made available to enable it to do so.
 
As with all our children, progress of special needs children will be subject to regular review.  Where it is deemed that:
a) a child is not benefiting from a place in St. Peter’s N.S. i.e. his/her educational, emotional and behavioural needs are not being met due to the lack of specialised teaching resources, funding or facilities;
or
b) the presence of the child is preventing the educational needs of other children in the classbeing met fully, 
then the school reserves the right to advise placement in a school better able to meet the child’s needs.  
 
The School also reserves the right to reduce the length of the school day for a child who cannot cope or who exhibits challenging behaviour i.e. behaviour which prevents the child from accessing the curriculum or behaviour which prevents other children from accessing the curriculum or a child who is deemed to be a danger to him/herself or others.
 
The Principal Teacher or his/her representatives will meet Parents/Guardians of children with special needs prior to enrolment and will outline the facilities and resources available in the school to meet the needs of the child.
 
Grounds for refusing admission
 
The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil who in the opinion of the Principal Teacher:
 
1. has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education; or
2. poses an unacceptable risk, to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.
 
Parents have the right to appeal any such decision to the Board of Management (see below).
 
Appeals
 
In line with Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management.  This appeal must be addressed, in writing to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal.  Parents, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. An appeal form will be issued by the school to the parents / guardians.  This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.
 
 
 
 
Signed:  _________________________________
Chairperson
 
Date:   __________________________________
 
 
 

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