Parnell Avenue ” Enniscorthy ” County Wexford
Principal: Miss Vanessa Steenson
Tel/Fax: 053 9235728 ” Email: principal1stmarys@gmail.com
Web Site: www.stmarysnsenniscorthy.ie
Chairperson : Mr R Syme Patron : Bishop Michael Burrows


Enrolment Policy

Introduction
This enrolment policy is set out in accordance with provisions of the Education Act (1998), the Equal Status Act (2000) and under the guidance of the school’s Patron. The Board of Management trust that this will assist parents and guardians in matters relating to enrolment. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr R Syme, and the principal of the school, Miss Vanessa Steenson, will be happy to clarify any further queries arising from the policy.

St. Mary’s National School is under the patronage of the Church of Ireland and belongs to Enniscorthy Group of Parishes. The patron of the school is the Bishop of Cashel, Ossory, Leighlin, Lismore, Waterford and Ferns.

St. Mary’s is currently a five teacher school, three mainstream teachers and two support teachers.
The current staff members are as follows:

Principal: Miss Vanessa Steenson ~ Resource Teacher
Deputy Principal~ Mrs Jennifer Walsh ~ Teacher Infants and First Class
Classroom Teacher ~ Mrs Gillian Wilson ~ Learning Support Teacher
Classroom Teacher ~ Mrs Rosaleen Duke~ Teacher of Second & Third Class
Classroom Teacher ~ Ms Eileen Redmond ~ Teacher of Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Class

Our school depends on the 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. School policy has regard to the resources and funding available. 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 Section 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 support 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.

Application Procedure

Stage One
Parents who wish to enrol pupils in Junior Infants should indicate their interest or intention of enrolling their child / children in the school. This can happen at any time between the birth of the child, the family moving into the area and the start of stage two. The school will furnish the parents with the Notification of Intention to Apply Form (see appendix one).
These completed forms are on file in the school.

If the intention is to enrol in less than 21 days, (e.g. having moved into area), then an Application Form (see appendix two) may be requested. For these applicants, stage two begins immediately.
All Junior Infants enrol on the first day of the school year unless moving into the area and a letter is received from the child’s previous school confirming that the child has been attending school. Pupils enrolling in other classes may do so at any time of the year, in consultation with the Principal, subject to school policy, available space and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Science.

Stage Two
Parents who have registered their intent to apply, in stage one, will receive an Application Form (see appendix two) in the Spring Term along with a copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour, Anti-bullying Policy and Enrolment Policy, which they are asked to read carefully. Enrolment details are circulated to all parents who may be able to pass the information on to relatives or neighbours. Enrolment details are also announced in the local churches and published in the parish notes of the Diocesan Magazine.

Applications shall be submitted in writing (on the approved application form) to the school Principal. A Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying Policy and the school leaflet which contains an Ethos Statement, school details etc., will be furnished to each applicant with a copy of the Enrolment form. Acceptance of the School Code of Behaviour is essential. The closing date for return of such completed Application Forms is 21 days after the date notified. Only those forms that have been completed in full, and accompanied by the relevant supporting documentation, will be considered.

Stage Three
The Principal and the Chairperson, acting on behalf of the Board of Management will then consider all completed applications using the parameters listed below and will and issue decisions within 21 days of the closing date for return of completed Application Forms.
This procedure is based on instruction from the Patron.

  • Completion of the Form does not guarantee a place in the school.
  • Early completion of the Form is not a factor in the allocation of places at the school.
  • All applicants for junior infants must have attained their 4th birthday on or before the 1st September in the year of admission.
  • The Board of Management will, in the light of Sections 6(e), 9(m) and 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, give consideration to the following:

a) The number of places available in the school which in turn involves but is not limited to the number of pupils expected to leave the school, the size of all classrooms, the deployment of teachers and the resources of the school.
b) The religious denomination of the child
c) The place of residence of the child.

  • Siblings of pupils already in the school are not automatically entitled to a place. When oversubscription occurs in any particular category, priority within such category will be given to the siblings of pupils already enrolled in the school who belong in that category only.
  • Catchment is defined by the parish boundaries of Enniscorthy Group of Parishes and those who were entitled to attend the now closed school of Templeshanbo in Killanne Union of Parishes
  • Waiting lists do not carry forward to subsequent years where a child has not been allocated a place.
  • The Board of Management may seek further clarification from applicants before making a decision.
  • St Mary’s National School is a Church of Ireland school. Priority for places is therefore given in the following order:

a) Church of Ireland parishioners of Enniscorthy Group of Parishes (St. Mary’s Enniscorthy, Clone, Clonmore, Monart and Templescoby)
b) Church of Ireland parishioners of adjoining parishes customarily served by the school, where such parishes have no Church of Ireland school of their own i.e Templeshanbo Parish.
c) Children who are members of Protestant Reformed or Orthodox Churches and are living within the parishes listed at (a) and (b) above.
d) Children of parents living within the areas specified in sections (a) and (b) above whose parents wish their children to be educated within the ethos of the Church of Ireland.

Where oversubscription occurs in any category above, siblings within the category will be given priority. Following allocation of places to siblings, surplus places in the category will be allocated using a lottery system. The lottery system agreed is the “names in a hat” system; with an independent witness. Those children in this category that are not successful in achieving a place will have their names placed on a waiting list in the order in which such names were drawn. Applicants will be informed of their place on the waiting list as it applies in their particular category.

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse admission where there is good and sufficient reason for doing so. Applicants retain the right to appeal such a decision.

All applicants will be informed, in writing, of the Board’s decision within the specified time period (namely 21 days).

Appeal Procedure
A subsequent review of a decision by the Chairperson and Principal may be requested, generally on the grounds only of additional information not previously submitted at the time of application.

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised of their right to appeal the decision of the Enrolment Committee under Section 29 (1) (C) of the Education Act 1998. In this case, the unsuccessful applicants can appeal locally to the Enrolment Committee, and / or to the Board of Management, and if necessary, to the Department of Education and Skills.

Stage Four
Successful applicants will be advised, in writing, of the offer of a place, and will be asked to accept the place by completion of the Registration Form (see appendix three) within 21 days.

Successful applicants will receive an invitation to an Open Day in the summer term. They will get an opportunity to see the classroom, meet the teacher and other pupils and engage in some classroom activities.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with specials needs, the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical record and/ or psychological report. Where such a report is not available, the Board 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 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 etc.

It is essential that parents and guardians of children who have, or may have any special needs, to inform the school at the earliest opportunity in order that the school can prepare adequately for the reception of the child. This disclosure is essential and will not, in any way, affect admission of the pupil.

The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s 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, Special Education Needs Officer (SENO) or psychologist, as appropriate.

Rules and Responsibilities
It is the duty of the Board of Management to ensure that each application is considered in a fair manner and that it supports the guidelines set out in this policy. The School Principal is responsible for distributing enrolment forms along with the school’s introductory pack. Parents have a duty to read the school’s ethos, rules and regulations, and accept and abide by them.

Implementation Date
This policy was ratified by the Board of Management at a meeting on 11th January 2012 and takes effect before enrolment of the class starting in Autumn 2013.

Timetable for Review
This policy was reviewed again and updated to include the name of Miss Vanessa Steenson as Prinicipal on the 24th September 2015. The policy will be reviewed again in September 2016 or when new guidelines are issued from the Department of Education and Skills.

Ratification and Communication
Once approved by the Board of Management, this policy will be distributed to parents wishing to enrol their child/children in this school.

Signed:

__________________________ _______________________
(Chairperson) (Date)

__________________________ _______________________

(School Principal) (Date)

Please contact the school for Application Forms