Exemption from Irish
Before granting an exemption in Irish, the school requires evidence of a specific or general learning disability from a qualified psychologist or, in the case of a child with a sensory impairment, from a qualified medical practitioner.
Children of foreign nationals, whose first language is neither English nor Irish, who are resident in the country will also be granted and exemption from Irish. The principal notifies the DES of their status.
- The school requires a written application for exemption from parents/guardians of the particular child, accompanied by documentary evidence such as age, previous schooling etc. and psychologist’s report (if relevant). Written application filed by school.
- A copy of exemption certificate is kept in school for inspection if required. A copy is forwarded to the 2nd level school upon a request from parents.
In practice teachers find many of the children whose first language is not English benefit from participating in Irish class and this assists their integration. It is the policy of the school to encourage all children to learn Irish.