ENROLMENT POLICY: 2014
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.
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:
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.
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. 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.
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 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: