The Board of Management of Ravenswell Primary School, sets out the enrolment policy in accordance with the provision of the Education Act 1998, and in doing so trusts that parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and that furthermore the chairperson of the Board of Management (Ms. Ann Quinlan) and the Principal (Emer Breen) will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.
Name of School: St.Philomena’s Ravenswell Bray
St. Philomena’s School is a Catholic school and the Trustees are the Religious Sisters of Charity under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. The Board of Management of St. Philomena’s manages the school on behalf of the trustees and Patron in accordance with the Rules for National Schools (Department of Education and Skills). As such, the Board of Management is charged with the direct governance of the school.
St. Philomena’s School now caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants to 6th Class. A new school will open in 2016 on a 10 acre site behind the present school on the old Bray Golf course site.
At present there are 19 full time teachers in the school, including an administrative Principal.
The school is grant aided by the Department of Education and Skills and also depends on financial resources from the Religious Sisters of Charity and the Parent’s Association. The school works within the confines of the Education Act 1998 and complies with the Department of Education and Science regulations. School policy must have regard to resources and funding made available by the Department of Education and Skills.
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 special needs.
- equality of access and participation in the school.
- parental choice in relation to enrolment within the context of school constraints.
- respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, language, and ways of life in society
Application for enrolment on behalf of Junior Infants should be made in the Autumn preceding entry for the following September.
Applications forms are available from the school office and completed application forms will be accepted in the school office from 9.30am to 3pm. Applications will also be accepted by email. All applications must be accompanied by the child’s birth certificate.
Parents will receive communication on enrolment dates by school newsletters, texts, letters to local preschools, notices in the local parish bulletin and an advertisement placed in the local newspaper.
The application forms must be accompanied by a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
All applications received after the closing date will be put on an “awaiting enrolment list”.
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with the school policy.
The Board will take into consideration the D.E.S. guidelines in relation to class size or staffing provision, accommodation, physical space and the health and welfare of pupils under the Health and Safety Act.
As a general principle and in so far as practicable having regard to our enrolment policy, all children will be accepted for enrolment on application, provided there is space available. In the event of over-subscription the following criteria will be used.
Criteria for enrolment
For admission all children must be 4 yrs old on date of entry. Junior Infants may be admitted in September only unless transferring from another school due to relocation of family.
Children shall be admitted on the following priority scale.
- Catholic children from St Peter’s Parish with siblings in the school.
- Catholic children living in St. Peter’s Parish.
- Children of staff members.
- Children from outside the parish whose siblings attended St. Philomena’s.
- Catholic children who live in other parishes.
- Non Catholic children who live in St. Peters Parish.
- Non Catholic children who live in other parishes.
Offers for places in Junior Infants will be made by post within a three week period of the last day of enrolment. Offers should be accepted in writing and with a non-refundable deposit of €30 (credited towards textbooks).
After the initial round of place offerings has been accepted, any other available places will be offered to children on an “awaiting enrolment list” using the criteria above. If there is no such list any available place will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
Enrolment in school
All parents of accepted applicants will be sent an information booklet and book list in May. They are invited to bring their children to an “open afternoon” in June in order to familiarise themselves with their new school. Children will go to their prospective classroom and parents will then have a meeting with the principal and Home School Liaison teacher. The information booklet and school policies will be explained. Parents will be asked to sign a form after this meeting to accept the rules and policies of the school.
Enrolment of Pupils with Special Needs.
St. Philomena’s School endeavours to accommodate children with Special Needs. In relation to an application from a child with Special Needs, the Board reserves the right to request a copy of the child’s medical and psychological report. When such a report is not available the B.O.M. will request that the child be assessed immediately. In conjunction with parents the school will endeavour to meet the needs of the children with Special Needs from its existing resources.
If the Board deems further resources are necessary it will, prior to enrolment, request the Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO) to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological/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 provision of appropriate resources by the D.E.S may be necessary in order to meet the needs specified in the psychological and medical report.
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, class teacher, learning support teacher/and or organiser, resource teacher, SENO and psychologist as appropriate.
St. Philomena’s will accept the transfer of pupils from another school at the start of a new school year subject to school policy, available space and in some cases the approval of the Department of Education and Skills. Pupils transferring after September 30th will be accepted if transfer is due to relocation of family or other extenuating circumstances and again will be subject to school policy as above.
Code of Behaviour.
Parents will be given an information booklet outlining codes of Discipline and Behaviour and all other information about the school. Completing the form at the back of the booklet is considered to be an acceptance of compliance with the rules and policies of the school.
Right to Appeal
The Board of Management of St Philomena’s Primary School recognises a parent’s right to appeal a refusal to enrol through the Appeal Procedures under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998. If the Board considers that it must refuse an application for enrolment, the parents/guardians will receive this information along with a copy of circular 22/02 and related forms outlining the steps parents can follow in relation to an appeal.
This policy was reviewed and ratified by the Board of Management in November 2013