Enrolment Policy

Introductory Statement

This enrolment policy has been set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. The Board of Management trusts that parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and that, furthermore, the Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. William Pat Hallihan and the Principal, Mr. Colman Lane, would be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

 

Mission Statement

Baltydaniel National School, Newtwopothouse, is a Catholic School under the patronage of Cloyne and also has due recognition for all other religions. We strive to promote a happy, caring, welcoming, secure and well-ordered environment for all our pupils, staff, parents, Board of Management and the wider community. We also endeavour to nurture each child’s educational, spiritual, moral and cultural needs with due regard for the child’s unique individuality. We value most highly our relationship with parents and the local community and urge you to work in partnership with us reinforcing the shared values of home and school. Our school is a centre of excellence where professional standards are maintained and is committed to the aims and principles of the revised 1999 Primary School Curriculum and the New Language Curriculum.

 

Rationale

This policy is being reviewed in light of the constant changing needs of our school, wider community and society.

 

Aim

The aim of the school is to provide a Christian education for our pupils, by complementing and supporting the role of parents in developing and fostering religious convictions and moral values in their children while at the same time providing for their developmental and educational needs. Pupils are helped to achieve their full potential so that they may participate fully in all aspects of school and community life.

 

General Information

Contact Details:

Baltydaniel National School,

Newtwopothouse,

Mallow,

Co. Cork.

Tel. No. 022-42646.

Email: baltydanielns@gmail.com

Website: baltydanielns.ie

 

  • The school has 11 teachers and an Administrative Principal. There are eight classroom teachers and three learning support teachers. There are also four SNAs, a secretary and caretaker.

 

  • Baltydaniel N. S. is a co-educational school where the full ranges of classes are taught, over an eight-year cycle.

 

  • Baltydaniel National School depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down by the Department of Education and Skills. School policy and resources are dependent on the funding available from the Department of Education and Skills at any given time.

 

  • The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills. These 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 the Department of Education and Skills regulations and programmes, taking into consideration the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act 1998, this school supports the principles of:
  1. a) Inclusiveness, in terms of the enrolment of children with a disability, or other special educational need
  2. b) Equality of access and participation in the school
  3. c) Parental choice in relation to enrolment
  4. d) Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society

Opening Hours

  1. a) The school day is 9.05a.m.-2.45pm.The school opens to receive children at 8.50a.m. The Board of Management will not be responsible for the supervision of children before and after these times. In the event of school closures, or early closing due to staff meetings etc., parents will be notified in advance.
  2. b) All infants should be collected promptly 1.45p.m.

 

School Uniform

The school uniform is worn daily and is available from various dept. stores.

Girls:       Grey Pinafore/Skirt or Grey Pants

Blue Shirt

Navy Cardigan/V-Neck Jumper

Navy Tights

Blue & Gold Tie (available from Phillips Book Shop)

Boys:       Grey Trousers

Blue Shirt

Navy V-Neck Jumper

Blue & Gold Tie (available from Phillips Book Shop)

Tracksuit: Navy with Gold Polo Shirt (available from Phillips Book Shop), it is worn on P.E. days.

Footwear: Dark footwear should be worn with the uniform and runners with the tracksuit.

 

School Procedures

Accidents may happen during the school day. In the event of an accident or a child becoming ill, every possible effort will be made to contact the pupil’s parents/guardians or the persons delegated to take responsibility for the pupil. If this is not possible, or in the case of an emergency, the school presumes parent’s permission to have the injury treated by medical personnel.

For students who require administration of medicines, please refer to the Administration of Medicine Policy which is available in the school office.

 

In the event of a child being absent from school, it is necessary that the parents submit and sign a note outlining the reason for absence. Where a child needs to leave school early they need to sign their child out in the attendance book in the school office. This also applies if the child arrives late for school, the parents will need to sign the child in.

As a rule, a child will participate in all aspects of the curriculum as laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.

An annual Open Night is held in the second term for prospective parents.

Parent/Teacher meetings are held annually (according to Department and Education guidelines).

Parents/Guardians are welcome at any time to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher. This can be done by making an appointment through the school office.

There is a Parent’s Association in the school. All parents/guardians are welcome to become members.

Application Procedures

If enquiries are made about enrolling a child prior to the official enrolment period, the child’s details will be recorded on the class list. A letter will be sent to parents/guardians confirming their contact with the school and explaining that their child is not officially enrolled in the school and therefore not guaranteed a place. They are informed that they will be invited to our annual Open Night in January previous to their child starting school, where the Application Forms will be distributed and the enrolment process will commence.

 

The date of our Open Night will be announced in our local Church, local newspapers, school website, facebook page and the school notice board. Local preschools are also made aware of this event.

At the Open Night parents are given a welcome pack, which will include our Application Form. The Application Form will require the following information:

Pupil’s details

Parent’s details

Information for Primary Online Database for the Dept. of Education

Emergency Contact Details

Medical Details

Consents: Primary Online Database, medical attention, access to school internet, child’s photographs and work to be posted on the school website, facebook page, school newsletters and with other outside agencies.

 

Parents are asked to return the form on or before the closing date. This date will be announced at the Open Night. Copies of the child’s Birth and Baptismal Certificates should be returned with the Application Form to the school office or as soon as possible thereafter. The Board of Management will review the applications and make their decisions based on the criteria of our Enrolment Policy. The Board of Management is obliged under section 19(3) of the Educational Welfare Act 2000 to make a decision in respect of an application for enrolment within 21 days after the closing date and to inform the parents in writing of that decision.

Where specific legal documents outline the family status/custody arrangements relating to the child(ren), details of these arrangements should also be provided. Subsequent legal changes to the name(s) or guardianship of the child(ren) should be communicated in writing to the school.

 

Decision Making

As a general rule and in so far as is practical, children will be enrolled on application, provided there is space available. The Board has decided to limit the number of places available to junior infants to 28. Spaces available for children to be enrolled in other classes are always at the discretion of the Board. 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.

 

In event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class, exceeding the number of places available, preceding or during the school year, the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:

  1. a) Children living within the parish of Doneraile
  2. b) Siblings of children already enrolled
  3. c) Children of current school staff
  4. d) Children of past pupils

In the event of a parent/guardian being unable to enroll a child(ren) from categories a, b, c, or d, enrollment will be based on a lottery.

In the event of an accepted child withdrawing their place a second lottery will take place.

In the event of the number of children requesting a place that fall within the criteria but there are not enough spaces available a lottery will take place.

 

Pupil Registration

Junior Infant pupils are registered on the first day of the school year. Pupils who transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the rules governing National Schools, as well as our own school’s enrolment policy. Under the terms of the Education Welfare Act 2000 information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress are to be provided by the school from which the child is transferring.

 

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs or disability, the Board of Management will request a copy of a recent medical and/or psychological report or where such report is not available, request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school establishing the educational and the training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required. Following the receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the Special Education Needs Organiser (NCSE see Circular 01/05) 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, SEN teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.

 

The Board may meet with the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties may be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, SEN teacher, psychologist, or other.

 

Exceptional Circumstances

The Board of Management of the school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any pupil in exceptional circumstances. Such an exceptional case could arise where either:-

  • The pupil has special needs such that, the additional resources are not made available from the Department of Education and Science and the school cannot meet such needs to provide the pupil with an appropriate education
  • The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and /or       provide the pupil with an appropriate education
  • Or in the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to    other pupils, to school staff or to school property

 

The parents of any child who has been refused enrolment, for any reason, are entitled to appeal that refusal pursuant to section 29 of Education Act 1998, and in such circumstances will be advised in writing of their entitlement to such an appeal.

 

Appeals

Where a Board of Management refuses to enrol a student in the school, the parent of the student following the conclusion of any appeal procedures at school level, has a statutory entitlement under section 29 of the Education Act (as amended by Section 4 of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007, to appeal that decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science. A committee is established to hear the appeal with hearings conducted with a minimum of formality. In most cases appeals must be dealt with within 30 days. Where appropriate, the Secretary General may give whatever directions to the Board of Management that are considered necessary to remedy the matter complained of.

 

Details on appealing decisions on enrolment under section 29 of the Education Act (as amended by Section 4 of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2007), are available on the Department’s website at www.education.ie.

 

The Parents/Guardians are informed within 21 days by the Chairperson of the Board of Management of the Board’s decision to refuse enrolment and of the Parents’ entitlement to appeal a decision of the Board of Management in relation to suspension or expulsion. The Chairperson of the Board of Management will prepare a response if and when an appeal is being investigated by the Dept. of Education and Science. (Section 12, Circular 22/02 – Processing of an Appeal).

 

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the schools Code of Behaviour as well as all other school policies. The Board places responsibility on parents/ guardians to ensure that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way. In accordance with the D.E.S. Rules for National Schools, a child may be suspended for non-compliance with the above. These policies may be added to and amended from time to time.

 

Ratification and Communication

This revised document was presented to the Board of Management for ratification in November 2017. This policy is available to view on our school website for parents and any other interested parties.

 

Review Timeframe

This policy was reviewed in January 2020 and is due to be reviewed in January 2022 or before if circumstances demand it.