Crosshaven Boys' National School

Scoil Naisiúnta Chros tSeáin

Enrolment Policy

Enrolment Policy

S.N. Chros tSeáin, Crosshaven, Co.Cork.

Roll No: 17363H

E-mail: info@crosshavenbns.com

Website: www.crosshavenbns.com

Telephone No: 021-4831681

The Enrolment Policy of Scoil Chros tSeáin 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.

General Information:

Founded in 1943, Scoil Chros tSeáin is a Roman Catholic Primary School recognised by the Department of Education and Skills as a Boys’ primary school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Cork and Ross. Our school has a Catholic ethos where the individual is respected. Our aim is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social, spiritual, and vocational development of each student in this Catholic context. This will be done in partnership with the home. The school caters for boys in a range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth class. It is an inclusive school and caters for boys of all abilities.

There are eight classroom teachers, including four Special Education Teachers employed in the school. Four Special Needs Assistants are assigned to the school by the Department of Education and Skills to enable the inclusion of boys with special educational needs.

Scoil Chros tSeáin operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by DES grant assistance. The Staff is resourced by the Department of Education and Skills. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998); The Education Welfare Act (2000); The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004); Children First Act (2015); Education Admissions to Schools Act (2018);  Equality law and all other relevant legislation.

Scoil Chros tSeáin follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available in the school office. Parents seeking to enrol boys should return a completed application form with a birth/adoption certificate to the school. Parents of boys enrolled in Junior Infants will be invited to a meeting in the school in May/June each year.

  1. Boys will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available.
    2. Junior Infants are enrolled in September provided the boy has reached his 4th birthday *(Rule 64 DES Rules for National Schools). Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they would like to talk about the age/year that their son should start school. Normally, Junior Infants will not be enrolled during the year unless transferring from another school. This is for educational reasons as the curriculum is progressive and it is necessary for the child to complete a full year.
    3. Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management within 21 days. Parents will be informed in writing as soon as possible.
    4. No boy is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, traveller status, asylum-seeker/refugee status, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.
    5. The completion of an application form or the placement of your boy’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.

Boys enrolled in Scoil Chros tSeáin 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 boy(s) co-operate with these policies in an age-appropriate way.
Copies of the school’s Code of Behaviour, Child Protection Policy and Ethos Statement will be issued to all parents. Parents will be requested to sign an undertaking to uphold the school’s Code of Behaviour.

Decision-making criteria:

The Board of Management determines the maximum number of boys in the school based on the Department of Education’s recommended enrolment at the time.
In the event of the number of boys seeking enrolment exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritise boys for enrolment:

  1. Brothers of boys already enrolled (including stepsiblings, resident at same address).
    2. Boys living within the parish
  2. Boys whose father is a past-pupil of the school
  3. Boys whose parent/parents are members of staff
  4. Boys from outside the parish
  5. In the event of being unable to enrol boys in any year, the boy’s name will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the criteria as above.

Other boys may be enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area. Boys wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules for National Schools; Education Welfare Act and school’s enrolment policy.

Boys with Special Needs

Boys 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 boy enrolling in Scoil Chros tSeáin will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills to the Board of Management.

The Board of Management may request copies of relevant reports or request that the boy be assessed immediately in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the boy and to profile the support services required. The Board of Management will endeavour to have all resources and supports in place before the boy is admitted to the school. This may include visiting teacher service, resource teacher, special needs assistants, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services etc.

The school will meet with the parents of the special needs boy to discuss the school’s suitability for the boy. If considered necessary, a full case conference may be called which will include parents, class teacher, special education teacher and psychologist or social workers as appropriate.

Exceptional Circumstances

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a boy in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could arise where either:

  1. The boy 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 boy with an appropriate education.
    2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the boy poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.
    *(see Appeals Procedure below)

Appeals Procedure

In line with Section 28 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 Skills under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. The Principal will inform the parents/guardians of their right to appeal *(DES Circular 22/2002) and 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.
In the event of such an appeal being initiated, the Board of Management will be responsible for preparing a response for the Appeals Committee.

Review
The policy will be reviewed every 3 years within our school. All the partners will be informed of any amendments necessary as a result of such a review. Revised copies/updates will be available online or issued in hard copy on request

Appendix

Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Chros tSeáin, Crosshaven Boys’ National School must contact the school and we will take your name and contact details. In the December prior to starting school we will send you an Enrolment Application Form and ask you to return it to the school.

2019 Junior Infants Class

Closing date for receipt of all applications is 9th January for the 2019 Junior Infant Class. The Board of Management would appreciate completed application forms to be handed into the school office as soon as possible. Late applications will not be part of the initial decision making process and will be placed on a reserve list.

The Board of Management in accordance with school policy makes decisions in relation to applications for enrolment. The Board will notify parents of their decision within 21 days of the closing date. Letters of offer or letters informing parents that their child is on a waiting list, will be posted  on January 24th 2019. Acceptance of places must be received by the school by February 15th 2019. As a general rule and in so far as is practicable having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, boys will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.

Ratified by the Board

Signed Chairperson: Mr Miceál Murphy