posted 6 Dec 2012, 04:46 by St Sylvesters School   [ updated 6 Jan 2014, 03:11 ]





This policy was devised and formulated by the whole school community, involving Board of Management, Parents and Staff of St. Sylvester’s Infant School, in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Department of Education and Skills and the C.P.S.M.A. (Catholic Primary Schools Management Association).


St. Sylvester’s Infant School caters for children from Junior Infants to First Class.  Children start school each morning at 8.50am and finish at 1.30pm.


St. Sylvester’s Infant School has one principal, fifteen mainstream teachers, three learning support teachers, two school secretaries (job share) and one caretaker.




St. Sylvester’s Infant School is a co-educational primary school which aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including his/her relationship with God, with other people and the environment. Religious Education is provided for all pupils in accordance with the doctrine and tradition of the Catholic Church, with prayer a feature of the school day.  Close contact is maintained between the school and home. Parents and teachers support one another and collaborate with one another as partners in leading the children to the fullness of their potential in a safe and happy environment.




Our Mission in St. Sylvester’s Infant School is to provide an environment and experience that nurtures our pupils’ spiritually, physically, mentally, morally and socially which would encourage their interest in life long learning.



  • To provide equal opportunity to all applicants in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Department of Education and Skills and the school’s Enrolment Policy

  • To promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil, within the physical, social, emotional and educational needs of the child

  • Tús Maith – leath na h-oibre – A good start is half the work




    To provide a framework of principles to guide in the selection of applications of new entrants to St. Sylvester’s Infant School.


    POLICY CONTENT:  Applications for Enrolment

    Enrolment date will be announced in some or all of the following:-

  • in locally delivered free newspapers

  • in the parish church

  • in notes to local crèches

  • on a large banner outside school

  • in notes to children already in school/school newsletter

  • text a parent from both St. Sylvester’s I.S. & Pope John Paul II

  • on our school website www.stsylvestersinfantschool.com


    Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children in our school.  No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, gender, traveller status, asylum seeker/refugee status, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.


    In order to give parents sufficient time to gather all relevant documentation, application forms for 2014/2015 will be available from 4th December, 2013, however, the enrolment process for 2014/15 will not officially commence until Wednesday 8th January. Parents seeking to enrol their child (ren) in St.Sylvester’s Infant School are requested to collect an Application Form from the school office.  The closing date for receipt of the completed application forms is the 31st January 2014.  Parents will be notified within 21 days of the closing date, whether their child has or has not been offered a place.  Any late applicant will be placed last regardless of age unless the applicant has newly taken up permanent residence in the area in which case age will be the deciding factor.

    The school will endeavour to place children with at least one child from their pre-school/crèche.  However, there is no provision for requests to place children with a specific friend/neighbour etc.


    Applications will not be treated as complete until such time as all the requested information listed below has been received:-

  • Birth Certificate        ŸAdoption Certificate (where appropriate)

  • Baptismal Certificate

  • Two recent passport photos (Please put child’s name on the back of photos)

  • Two recent Utility Bills-(Gas/Electric/Phone)

  • Three stamped addressed envelopes

  • 80.00 School Management Fee (non-refundable on acceptance)

    70.00 School Supplies (non-refundable on acceptance) All cheques should be post-dated 3rd March 2014



Selection Criteria


While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of St. Sylvester’s Infant School is also responsible for respecting the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled.  This requires balanced judgements in deciding on questions of enrolment, guided by the principles of natural justice and as acting in the best interest of all children.


The existing school community in the catchment area/parish extends beyond the junior cycle which is catered for at St. Sylvester’s. This policy is therefore mindful of the children’s transition to the senior cycle which is predominantly catered for at the neighbouring Pope John Paul II School.  This Board of Management reserves the right to limit the number and cycle of classes made available in order to accommodate a smooth transition to, and to avoid excessive enrolment at, Pope John Paul II School.


In terms of transition to other schools in the Malahide area, it is important to note that every school has its own enrolment policy.  Acceptance of children at St Sylvester’s Infant School (in particular children from the Waterside Estate or outside of the parish etc) does not guarantee a place in other schools such as Pope John Paul’s or Scoil Íosa because our Enrolment Policy does not extend to our neighbouring schools.


The Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each class bearing in mind, in particular:


  • Department of Education and Skills guidelines on class size

  • Staffing provisions

  • The size of available space in classrooms

  • The educational needs of children of a particular age

  • The existence of multi-grade classes

  • The presence of children with special education/behavioural needs

  • The demands of the school’s Health and Safety Policy


     FIRST ROUND OFFERS OF PLACE – Junior Infants 2014:


    To be considered for a place in the school all children must be four years old the year they are due to start school.  All age appropriate applicants will be considered but not guaranteed a place.


    First round offers will be made week ending 3rd March, 2014 to children in category One below. All children within this category have equal entitlement to a place in St.Sylvester’s Infant School but are chronicled and prioritised in age order to be offered a place. Within this category the only priority is age.


    Category One:

  • Catholic children in the parish


  • Catholic children of teachers


  • Children with brothers and sisters in St.Sylvester’s or Pope John Paul II


Acceptance forms must be signed and returned on or before 10th March, 2014.  Failure to comply with this will result in placement being withdrawn.

If there are still places available, a second round of places will be offered at a later date in descending order to children in Category two below.


Category Two:

  1. Other children living within the parish boundary

  2. Catholic children living outside the parish boundary who do not have a Catholic school within their own parish boundary


  3. All children who apply to the school and are not Catholics and not resident in the parish


    OFFERS OF PLACE – Senior Infants/First Class 2014:


    Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year where places become available and will be subject to the same criteria set out for Junior Infants enrolling in the school.


    Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing National Schools and:


    (i)       The school Enrolment Policy

    (ii)      The school being satisfied with the reasons for the transfer.  Information will be required from the pupil’s former/present school concerning attendance, behaviour, educational progress, disabilities, special needs and other matters that may influence a decision on acceptance of the transfer

    (iii)      The school regarding the move to be in the best interests of the pupil

    (iv)      Available space

Multiple Applications:


Multiple Applications exist when attempts are made to enrol children in a number of schools at the same time.  Agreements exist between local schools and prior to the allocation of places; discussions take place between the relevant schools to eliminate applications made to more than one school.  Where more than one application is made, it is the policy of the Boards to assign such applications to the school nearest to the primary residence of the child.





In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, it is open to the Board of Management to request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available to request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in

establishing the educational needs of the child relevant to his/her special needs and to profile the support services required.


The parents of children with Special Educational Needs, who feel relevant resources available to the school are inadequate to the special needs of their child/children, are advised to consider a special school which is designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with Special Educational Needs. The Board of Management may delay the enrolment of a Junior Infant pupil with special needs.  This will allow the Principal and Board of Management to place the child in the class that is considered to be most suitable to the child’s needs.  This has proved to have worked well in the past.  Further information can be viewed in our Whole School Policy for Learning Support and Special Education Needs.





Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management.  The Board of Management places Parents/Guardians as responsible for ensuring that their child (ren) co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way. Parents must complete a section on the application form confirming this. The Code of Behaviour Policy along with a number of other policies can be viewed on our website at www.stsylvestersinfantschool.com .The remainder of policies are available for viewing from the school office on request.



An information evening will be held for parents of incoming pupils to St. Sylvester’s I.S. in April 2014.


Incoming Junior Infants spend one informal period in the school in late June intended to familiarise themselves with their new classroom whilst parents are invited to the School Hall to meet other parents.




All enquiries/queries should be directed to the Principal by:


  • Securing an appointment with the Principal through the school Secretary

  • Writing to (i) the Principal (ii) the Chairperson of the Board of Management




    The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for enrolment in exceptional circumstances. Parents whose child (ren) have been refused enrolment may appeal the decision of the Board of Management under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998. Further information is available at www.education.ie




    This policy has been ratified by the Board of Management of St. Sylvester’s Infant School in accordance with the Enrolment Policy of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.


    This policy shall be reviewed on an annual basis.






    Mrs Denise Boyne                                                     Date:   13th June 2013


    Board of Management