Enrolment Policy

Arles N.S.

 

ENROLMENT/ADMISSIONS POLICY

 

Introduction

This policy was formulated to comply with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. Representatives of the parents, teachers and Board of Management were involved in its formulation. This policy which was reviewed and updated will support the vision of the school: “We will strive for each child to achieve their potential while respecting difference.” The Board of Management trusts that this policy will assist parents in relation to enrolment matters and furthermore, the chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Declan Fenlon will be happy to clarify any further matter arising from the policy.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Name: Arles National School

Address: Ballickmoyler, Carlow

Phone Number: 0599147731

Denomination: This is a Catholic School under the patronage of  Kildare & Leighlin

Number of teachers in the school: 4

This includes:

The teaching Principal

2 Class teachers

1 Learning Support/Resource teacher and

1 Full-time Special Needs Assistant.

1 Part-time Special Needs Assistant.

 

Classes Taught: The school is a vertical Primary School and has classes from junior infants to sixth. It is a mixed school. The school depends on the financial grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time by the Department. All school policies must take account of available resources and funding. The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

 

Ethos: Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act 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 the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

 

Opening Hours: The school day commences at 9.30 am and concludes at 2.10 pm (Junior & Senior Infants) and 9:30- 3:10 pm (1st-6th class).

 

PROCEDURES:

Criteria for admission:

As a school under the patronage of Kildare and Leighlin the following order of priority will be implemented in the enrolment/admission of children in the school

  1. Catholic children of the parish (including children of Travelling Community resident within the parish).

2a Children of staff.

2b Brothers and sisters of children in the school.

  1. Catholic children who live outside the parish and do not have a Catholic School in their parish.
  2. All children who live within the parish boundaries but are not Catholic applying for a placement are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the groups from (1) to (3) have been allocated places.
  3. Children who apply to the school and are not Catholics and not residents within the parish boundaries are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the groups from (1) to (4) have been allocated places.

 

In order to accommodate groups (1) and (2) the Board of Management may have to operate a cut off in age of applicants to give places to groups (1) and (2) if there is pressure for places in the school.

 

Enrolment of Traveller children who are not resident within the parish

In so far as is possible Arles N.S. will endeavour to accommodate those Traveller families who wish to enroll their children in our school. Where this is not possible, they will be advised of the location of their Parish school.

 

Admission Date: This is usually on the first day of the new school year in September.

 

Application Procedure

Parent/Guardian should apply for enrolment by completing an application form which is available in the school or on the School’s website www.arlesnationalschool.ie. As a condition of registering such child, it is required that his or her parents confirm in writing that the Code of Behaviour so provided is acceptable to them and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the child.  All children enrolled are also expected to comply with and support the school’s designated policies on Curriculum, Organisation and Management.

 

Admission of Junior Infants normally takes place on the first day of the academic year. Any child who has not reached his/her fourth birthday cannot be enrolled at any time.

In the case of pupils applying for enrolment in other streams, the BoM should provide for enrolment at any time. In such a case the BoM will give a decision to the applicant parent/guardian within 21 days of the application being made.

Decision Making Process

Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with the school policy. Generally and in so far as is practical having regard to the schools enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available. Decisions will be given in writing within 21 days of receiving a complete application.

 

Enrolment of children with special needs.

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, the Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, may 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.

 

Exceptional Circumstances

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any student in exceptional cases.  Such an exceptional case could arise where:

  • The pupil 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 appropriate education.
  • In the opinion of the Board of Management the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.

 

Right of Appeal

Parents/Guardians will be informed of their right to appeal a decision of the BoM in relation to a refusal to enrol.  Parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management.  It 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 Skills under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department.  This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.

 

Transfer of Pupils

Pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy, available space and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Skills.

 

Code of Behaviour

A copy of the Code of Behaviour and other policies are available in the school or on the School’s Website www.arlesnationalschool.ie. The policy in relation to suspension and expulsion in accordance with NEWB Guidelines is outlined in the Code of Behaviour.

 

Child Protection

On enrolment of their child, parents will be informed that the Stay Safe Programme is in use in the school and a copy of the “Stay Safe-A Parent’s Guide” will be provided.

 

Review

The policy will be reviewed regularly in the light of experience.  It will be reviewed by the staff and Board of Management every five years.

 

Communication & Circulation of Policy

Revised copies/updates will be made available on-line on the school’s website and/or issued in hard copy on request to parents/guardians. New applicants to the school

will be given a hard copy of the enrolment policy.

 

Ratification

This Enrolment policy was discussed, ratified and implemented by the Board of Management on 5th December 2011.

 

Policy adopted by the BOM on___________________________

 

Signed:_______________________________________

Chairperson