Section A. General Information
This enrolment policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The chairperson of the Board of Management, Sr. Marie Galvin, Roscrea and the principal teacher, John Slattery, Scoil Iosef Naofa, Corville, Roscrea will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.
School Name: Scoil Iosef Naofa.
School Address: Corville, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
Telephone No.: 0505 21485
Fax No: 0505 23909
Web Address: www.corvillens.com
Total Number of Teachers in the School: 18 Full-time:
Mr. John Slattery, Principal
Ms. Lynn Atkinson, Deputy-Principal
Mrs. Dympna O Brien (post holder)
Mr. Martin Meade (post holder)
Ms. Yvonne McManus (post holder)
Mr. John Hogan (post holder)
Ms. Dolores Fitzpatrick
Ms. Samantha Mc Mahon
Mr. Colm Darcy
Ms. Claire Scott
Ms. Catherine Ryan
Ms. Julie Kirwan
Ms. Marieanne Dooley
Ms. Claire Dillon
Ms. Stacey Frawley
Ms. Claire Madden
Ms. Sinéad Browne
Range of Classes Taught:
(Junior Infants-Sixth class (inclusive) – all classes mixed sex)
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.
School opening hours 9.20 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. Junior & Senior Infants finish at 2.00 p.m.
Pupils in the school yard before 9.15 a.m. are not covered by school insurance.
Section B. Enrolment Procedures
Parents or legal guardian’s of pupils wishing to enrol in Scoil Iosef Naofa are requested to collect a copy of the parents information pack which contains a copy of the school’s enrolment form, from the office. The principal will go through the information pack and answer any questions relating to the enrolment. The parents are then asked to take away, fill in the enrolment form and return it on completion. All enrolments are then brought before the Board of Management at their next meeting. The parents of the pupil will be informed by either the principal or chairperson within 21 days.
Provision of Key Information by Parents
Certain information will be required when children are being enrolled. A specific enrolment application form will also be provided by the Board for this purpose. The information will include:
(1) Pupil’s name, age and address.
(2) Names and addresses of pupil’s parents/guardians.
(3) Birth Certificate.
(4) Contact telephone numbers.
(5) Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency.
(6) Details of any medical conditions the school should be aware of.
(8) Previous schools attended, if any, and reasons for transfer, if applicable.
(9) Any other relevant information (including any such further information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act (2000).
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy. Following the boards next planned meeting the parents of the child will be notified 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.
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.
Decision Making Process:
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:
(1) Whether there are siblings of the proposed new entrant already in the school.
(2) Ages of the children.
(3) Parish boundaries/Diocesan policies.
(4) First come, first served.
(5) Children of staff members.
(6) The time of year the new applicant wishes to join the school.
Enrolments for Junior Infants and pupils wishing to transfer from other schools occurs up to September 1. Any enrolment after this day will go before the Board of Management.
Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, will 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 will assess how the school can 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 and/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. Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist, as appropriate.
The Board will notify parents of their decision within 21 days of receiving such
information and, where applicable will draw parent’s attention to their entitlement to appeal under Section 29 of the Education Act (1998)
Pupils requesting to transfer in the school year will need to make a written application to the Board of Management. The application will be discussed at the next BOM meeting and the pupil and parent will be notified within 21 days after the meeting.
Code of Behaviour
The school should 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.
Waiting List for pupils attempting to enroll in school:
All new entrants seeking enrolment will be placed on a waiting list in a situation where a class is already full with pupil numbers. In the event of a space occurring in that particular class, children that have siblings already in the school will have first refusal, no matter where their names occur on the list. If no children on the list has any sibling in the school, the BOM will follow our decision making process (as stated in page 3).