Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the middle of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help the achieve their advancement.

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Enrolment Policy

 

Introductory Statement

This policy was formulated by the Board of Management, Principal & Teaching Staff in consultation with representatives of the Parents’ Association and in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998

The Board of Management trusts that this policy will inform parents in relation to enrolment matters.  The Chairperson of the Board and the Principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

General Information

School Details:

Name:         St. Brigid’s N.S.,
Address:     Greystones, Co Wick low.
Phone:        01 2876113
Fax:            01 20100 00
Email:         office@saintbrigidsgreystones.com

St. Brigid’s N.S., Greystones is a Catholic Co-educational Primary School under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and the trusteeship of Sisters of the Holy Faith. The Board of Management manages St. Brigid’s N.S. on behalf of the Patron and in accordance with the Rules for National Schools (Dept of Ed. and Skills). The Board of Management is responsible for the direct governance of the school.

St. Brigid’s N.S., caters for pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth class.

At present (2013/14) there are 18 Mainstream Class Teachers, 5 Full time  and one part time Special Educational Needs teachers and an Administrative Principal  The school also has one Special Needs Assistant.

Funding

St Brigid’s is funded by grants provided by the Department of Education and Skills and operates within the regulations laid down by this department. (This funding is supplemented by voluntary contributions and contributions from the P.A. which are raised at fundraising events.) All policies prescribed by St. Brigid’s Board of Management are subject to the resources and funding made available to it by the Department of Education and Skills.

Curriculum

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.  The school implements the Religious Educational Programme prescribed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

Characteristic Spirit & Ethos of the School

As a Roman Catholic school, our aim is:

•    to promote the full and harmonious development of each pupil: social, personal, interpersonal, intellectual, physical, cultural, creative, aesthetic, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God, people and with all creation.
•    to enable children in our care to develop to their full potential, to play their part confidently as caring members of today’s society and to prepare them to take their places in the future as valued, contributing  Christian adults in society.
•    to provide Primary Education of the highest quality for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment.

The school puts particular emphasis on nurturing the self-esteem of each child. It models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith.
Our vision is of a learning community where each child is valued and cared for as a unique individual.

Enrolment

Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children in our school. In regard to the admission of children, the Board of Management bears in mind the overall good of all the children in the school and Department of Education and Skills funding and resources. It is not practical to admit children with serious physical disabilities because the school is built on three levels.
St Brigid’s supports the principles of inclusivity, equal 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.

Procedure For Enrolment of Junior Infants

•    Notices with details of application for enrolment dates, venues & required documentation (Birth/Baptismal certificate, utility bill) are posted in the Parish Newsletter in the two weeks prior to enrolment.
•    Application for Enrolment takes place every school day during the first two weeks of November that the school is open prior to September intake of Junior Infants (Monday 4th to Friday 15th November 2013)
•    On arrival parents/guardians are given an application for enrolment form to complete and are asked to return it with birth and baptismal certificates and utility bill to school secretary by 4.00 pm on Fri 15th November 2013

•    Parents are notified not later than 21 days after the closing date, of the Board’s decision on enrolment in accordance with Section 19.3 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.  (That is by the 6th December 2013.)
•     Parents/Guardians are made aware of the following enrolment criteria which apply to      admission of Junior Infants to St. Brigid’s.

Selection Criteria

Please note: Available places will be offered to children in the following order. In the event that
applications for enrolment exceed the number of places available in any of the categories listed,
priority will be given to the oldest of the applicants in that category.

Children born on or before 30th April 2010 and who have a brother or sister enrolled in St Brigid’s or a parent on the permanent staff of St. Brigid’s for the school year 14/15.
Catholic children who were born on or before 30th April 2010 resident within  the parish of Holy Rosary & St. Kilian at time of application and formal enrolment. Please see Appendix  below for a list of the areas within the parish.
Children born after 30th April 2010 who would qualify under A or B above.
Other children living in the parish.
Other children living outside the parish.
Note:
i.    “Parish” refers to the area as advised by the Parish office of St. Killian and Holy Rosary (see attached list)
ii.    ‘Application for enrolment’ refers to a written enrolment request on our official application for enrolment form.  It does not constitute an offer of a place in the school.
iii.    ‘Official enrolment’ refers to the placing of a child on the official school roll on the first day of the school year, providing that the appropriate enrolment criteria have been satisfied.
iv.    Brothers and Sisters refer to children who share a parent, guardian or foster parent.

The Board of Management at its discretion may allocate places to children whose circumstances are deemed to be exceptional.

The Board is bound by Department of Education and Skills rules stating that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of four upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of six years.

Children will be admitted to Junior Infants on the 1st September only and not throughout the year unless transferring from another school.

Parents will be notified in writing within 21 days of the last day of application for enrolment as to whether or not their child will have a place in Junior Infants in St. Brigid’s.  Parents at this stage will be asked to indicate if their child has special educational needs.  ??Parents will be asked to confirm acceptance in writing of this place within seven days.

New Junior Infants will spend one informal period in school to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings.  This will take place between the end of May to mid June.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, or subsequent identification of special needs after enrolment the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological reports or where such reports are not available; will request that the child be assessed immediately.  The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational or physical needs of the child relevant to his/her disability.  An application will then be made to the Special Education Needs Organiser for resources/equipment so that a child with special needs can start school at the same time as other children.  It may be necessary for the Board to defer a particular child’s commencement of school, pending a full assessment and allocation of resources from the Department of Education and Skills.

The Board of Management reserves the right not to enroll a child who would otherwise be entitled to a place where there are exceptional circumstances, for example, if the school is not in a position to provide an appropriate education for a child with special needs even with extra resources from the Department of Education & Skills or if in the opinion of the Board of Management a student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, school staff or school property.

Other classes: Enrolment/Admissions/Transfers

(see attached application for enrolment form)

While recognizing the right of parents to enroll their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of St. Brigid’s N.S. must respect the rights of the existing school community and in particular the rights of the children already enrolled. The Board will exercise balanced judgment and be guided by the principles of natural justice & act in the best interests of all children.  Assisting the school in such circumstances, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each classroom bearing in mind:

•    Space available
•    Presence of children with special educational/behavioral needs
•    Educational needs of children of a particular age
Department of Education and Skills Schedule of enrolment (pupil teacher ratio)
•    Department of Education and Skills directives on maximum class averages

Parents seeking to transfer their child to St. Brigid’s will be asked to supply the following information from his/her previous school:

Information concerning the child’s educational progress and copy of relevant reports.
account of his/her behaviour
record of attendance

All decisions regarding admission into the school will be made by the Board of Management in accordance with our enrolment policy

Right to Appeal
The parents of any pupil, who has been refused enrolment for any reason, are entitled to appeal that refusal pursuant to Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, within 42 days from the date the decision of the school was notified to the parent, and in such circumstances, are advised in writing of their entitlement to such an appeal.

Roles and Responsibility

The Principal, Secretary and the Board of Management implement this policy at all times.

Timeframe for Implementation

This policy has been in operation and will continue to be implemented.

Timeframe for Review

On-going review as demanded by changing circumstances. Next formal review will take place in September 2014.

Responsibility for Review lies with the Board of Management in consultation with Principal, Teaching Staff and representatives of the Parents’ Association.

Ratification and Communication

The Board of Management ratified this enrolment policy on 15th Jan 2013 and will publish it on school website.

Documentation to be attached before 4th November 2013

Application for Enrolment Form for Junior Infants

Application for Enrolment form for other classes

Permission allowing child to go on school outings in local area /child’s photograph to go on school notice board /Permission for child’s photograph to go on school website (as part of a group)

Code of Behaviour

List of Areas on Parish Register of Holy Rosary & St. Kilian

Tom Sherlock
Chairperson
Reviewed October 2013

Appendix 1: List of Areas in Parish of Holy Rosary & St. Kilian’s

LIST OF AREAS ON PARISH REGISTER – HOLY ROSARY
Adare Close
Applewood Drive
Applewood Heights
Arch Villas
Beechbrook Pk
Bellevue Heights
Bellevue Park
Bellevue Road
Blacklion Manor
Bowe Lane (off Church Rd.)
Burnaby Avenue
Burnaby Court
Burnaby Heights
Burnaby Lawn
Burnaby Manor
Burnaby Mews
Burnaby Mill
Burnaby Park
Burnaby Road
Burnaby Way
Burnaby Wood
Carrig Meadow
Carrig Villas
Castlefield Terrace
Castle Villas
Charlesland Court
Charlesland Grove
Charlesland Park
Charlesland Wood
Charlesland Seabourne Glen
Charlesland Seabourne View
Charlesland The Anchorage
Church Gate
Church Lane
Church Road left & right
Church Road The Manor
Cliff Rd.
Crowe Abbey
Delgany Road (Mill Road)Delgany Glen House Numbers 1-31 inclusiveDromont
Eden Road
Ennis Lane
Erskine Avenue
Fairfield Park
Farm Lane
Grattan Park Upper
Grattan Park Lower
Harbour Court
Hawkins Lane
Heathervue
Hillside
Hillside Road
Kendalstown Rise
Kenmare Heights
Killincarrig Rd. opp. Vino Pasta
Kimberly Rd.
Kindlestown Hill
Kindlestown Lower
Kindlestown Park
Kindlestown Road Lr. left & right
Kindlestown Road Upr. left & right
Kinlen Road
La Touche Close
La Touche Park
La Touche Place
La Touche Road
Manor Avenue
Marine Road
Marine Terrace
Mill Bank
Mill Brook
Mill Court
Mill Grove
Mill Grove Close
Mill Road
Mounthaven
Mountainview Park
New Road – Killincarrig
New Road – off La Touche Park
North Shore
Oaklands
Oaklands Court
Pavillion Road
Portland Rlace
Portland Road
Quarry Road
Rathdown Court
Rathdown Lawn
Rathdown Park
Rathdown Road
Redford Court
Redford Park
Redford Rise
Rivendell Grove
Riverfield
Seaview
Sidmonton Road
Somerby Road
South Place
St. Brigid’s Park
St. Crispins
St. Vincent’s Road
Strand Cottages (The Bawn)
Templecarrig Left
Templecarrig Right
The Harbour
The Poplars
Trafalgar Court
Trafalgar Road
Turnpike Lane
Victoria Close
Victoria Court
Victoria Road
Whitshed Road
Willow Bank
Willowmere (entrance Redford Pk)
Windgates Road Left
Windgates Road Right
Windgates Upper
Woodlands
Woodlands Court