ENROLMENT POLICY: 2013
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, fourteen 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 – Giving children a good start
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 creches
· 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.
Parents seeking to enrol their child (ren) in St. Sylvester’s Infant School are requested to collect an Application Form (available from the school office) on or after Wednesday 9th January 2013. The completed application forms must be returned on or before 1st February 2013. Parents will be notified within 21 days 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.
Applications will not be treated as complete until such time as all the requested information listed below has been received:-
· Birth Certificate
· Adoption 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 4th March 2013
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 also recognises 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 to act 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.
It is important to note that when, in terms of transition to other schools in Malahide, every school has its own enrolment policy. Acceptance of children at St Sylvester’s (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, 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 2013:
Children who have reached the age of 4 years of age by 30th April 2013 will be considered but not guaranteed a first round offer of a place and will be rated in order of age, starting with the oldest child. The Board of Management reserves the right, based on the number of applicants and the number of places available to determine the number of enrolments from each category as listed 1 4 below. When the number of applicants within categories exceed the number of places available in any class or standard, the Board will operate a cut-off point based on the applicant’s Date of Birth (i.e. older children will be given priority)
First round offers will be made week commencing 25th February, 2013 to those children who comply with the criteria set out in point 1 below.
1) Brothers and sisters of children already enrolled in this school or in our senior school Pope John Paul II (including stepsiblings, resident at the same address), Children of staff and Catholic children living within the parish boundary
Acceptance forms must be signed, returned and received by the school on or before the 4th March 2013. 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 below.
2) Other children living within the parish boundary
3) Catholic children living outside the parish boundary who do not have a Catholic school within their own parish boundary
4) All children who apply to the school and are not Catholics and not resident in the parish
OFFERS OF PLACE – Senior Infants/First Class 2013:
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 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.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS:
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. Further information can be viewed in our Whole School Policy for Learning Support and Special Education Needs.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR/SCHOOL POLICIES:
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.
INFORMATION EVENING & INFORMAL VISIT BY JUNIOR INFANTS:
An information evening will be held for parents of incoming pupils to St. Sylvester’s I.S. in April 2013.
Incoming Junior Infants spend one informal period in the school in 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.
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: 12th June 2012
Board of Management