School Policies

Enrolment Policy

Introduction

The Board of Management of Bunscoil Gleann Sidheain hereby sets out its Enrolment and Admission Policy in accordance with the provision of the Education Act 1998 and the Board trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters.  The chairperson of the Board of Management or the Principal Teacher will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy.

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of management of the school.

General School Information

Name of School - Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin

Telephone No - 058 54015

His Lordship Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan is the patron of the school.  At present, the teaching staff is comprised of eight single class Teachers, one Principal Teacher, three SET (Special Education Teachers) and eight Special Needs Assistants.  The full range of classes is taught in the school and classes are of mixed gender.  The school also includes a two classroom Autistic unit catering for up to twelve children, which is staffed by two Teachers and five Special Needs Assistants.  The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operated within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department.  The school policy has regard to the resources and funding available.

School Time-Table

Morning Assembly - 9:05am

Breaktime_ 11:00 - 11:10am

Lunch Time: 12:30 - 1:00pm

School closes for Junior/Senior Infants at 1:45pm.  School officially closes at 2:45pm.

Other general information regarding the school is to be found in our School Prospectus.

Rationale

This policy aims to ensure that the appropriate procedures are in place to enable the school

  • To make decisions on all applications in an open and transparent manner consistent with the Ethos, the mission statement of the school and legislative requirements.

  • To make an accurate and appropriate assessment of the capacity of the school to cater for the needs of applicants in the light of the resources available to it and

  • To put in place a framework which will ensure effective and productive relations between students, parents and teachers where a student is admitted to the school.

Legal Framework

Section 9 (j) of the Education Act 1998 specifies, that "A recognised school shall subject to this Act and in particular section 15 (2) (d), establish and maintain an admission policy which provided for maximum accessibility to the school".

Section 15 (2) (d) states the Board of Management shall"publish the policy of the school concerning admission to and participation in the school and ensure that policy principles of equality and the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parents' choice are respected".

Section 2(1) states that " A board shall establish and maintain procedures for the purposes of informing students in a school of the activities of the school" and (2) that "the procedures established and maintained under subsection(1) shall facilitate the involvement of the students in the operation of the School having regard to the age and experience of the students, in association with their parents and teachers".

The Education Welfare Act, 2000 [Section 19 (1)] requires that a Board of management shall not refuse to admit a child except where such refusal is in accordance with school's Admission Policy, which requires that parent must provide relevant information to the school.

  

The Equal Status Act, 2000 [Sections 5 & 7 (2)] prohibits discrimination on the grounds of "gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Travelling Community" regarding admission, access to programmes, participation in the school or regarding expulsion or any other sanction.

Goals

The school shall have in place appropriate channels of communication and procedures

  • To inform parents about the school, it's programmes, activities, and procedures.

  • To enable applications for admission to the school to be handled in an open, transparent manner

  • To put in place criteria under which applications shall be considered

  • To ensure that these criteria are informed by our Ethos, our Mission Statement & current legislation.

  • To specify what information is required by the school at the time of application.

Context, Resources, School Organisation & Curriculum

The school supports the principle of equality for all students regarding access to and participation in the school.  The school respects the diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, languages and ways of life in society.  The school acknowledges the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parent's choice, subject to the resources available to the school including classroom accommodation, class size, teaching resources and financial resources and subject to the capacity of the school to provide for the needs of any applicant or student.  The school is staffed in accordance with the standard pupil - teacher ratios sanctioned by the Department and any additional teaching hours sanctioned by the Department in respect of curricular concessions, special needs, special programmes etc.  The school operates within the regulations laid down by the Department

The capacity of the school to implement its desired curriculum, its broad range of educational programmes, its breadth of extra-curricular activities, its school plan and policies are dependent on the resources it receives.  Consequently, in determining its activities and programmes for any school year the school must have due regard to the equipment and funding available to it.

Roles and responsibilities in developing and implementing this policy

Roles of  Board of Manangement

  • To ensure that a policy is in place and that it is reviewed

  • To appraise this policy with regard to its suitability and the effectiveness of its implementations and to make recommendations for improvement where appropriate.

  • To decide on appeals by parents or students with respect to any decisions made by the Principal/Board.

  • To have in place an Attendance Policy.

Roles of the Principal

  • To formulate draft policy in consultation with the teaching  staff, students, parents, Board of Management.

  • To monitor its implementation and to ensure that it is reviewed on a regular basis.

  • To implement the policy and to support other teaching staff in their implementation of the policy

  • To apply for and acquire such resources as are available in accordance with government policies.

  • To ensure, within the constraints of available resources, that alternative programmes are devised where necessary and practicable to meet the needs of students.

  • To appraise the policy with regard to its suitability and the effectiveness of its implementation and to make recommendations for improvement where appropriate.

  • To ensure a register of all students attending the school is established and maintained.

  • To ensure that a record of attendance or non-attendance is maintained for each student registered at this school and, in the case of non-attendance, the reason for same.

  • Prior to registering a child, to provide the parents of an applicant with a  copy of the school's Code of Behaviour and ensure that the parent confirms in writing their acceptance of the Code as an assurance that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with the Code by the child.

  • To provide, on request, to any parents of a child registered in the school with a copy of the Code of Behaviour.

  • Where a child is refused admission, to advise the parents of their right of appeal to the Trustees and the Department of Education setting out Title and Address of each and advising of time limits.

Role of Teaching Staff

  • To co-operate with the implementation of this policy

  • To take the needs of all students into account in the way in which they select textbooks, plan and teach their lessons and conduct assessments

  • To bring concerns about Special needs curricular matters and information to the attention of the Principal, Deputy principal, Special Education Teachers

  • To bring concerns about Special Needs curricular matters and information to the attention of the principal, Deputy Principal, Special Education Teachers

  • To keep parents informed through the regular Parent/Teacher meetings and school reports and by meeting parents  from time to time as required.

  • To appraise this policy with regard to its suitability and the effectiveness of its implementation and to make recommendations for improvement where appropriate.

Role of Students

  • To co-operate fully with the school in the implementations of the policy.

Role of Parents

  • To support the policy and to co-operate fully with the school in its implementation

  • To bring to the attention of the school authorities any concern they may have in relation to the school's provision for the educational needs of their child

  • To appraise this policy with regard to its suitability and the effectiveness of its implantation and to make recommendations for improvement where appropriate.

Policy Considerations

The Board of Management of Bunscoil Gleann Sidheain reserves the right of admission if such admissions contravene Departmental guidelines on class size, etc.

The school will not refuse a child on the basis of ethnicity, special education needs, disability, traveller status, refugee status, political or religious beliefs, family or social circumstances, provided the necessary supports are in place in the school.

The Board of Management respects parental choice in relation to enrolment, provided the enrolment criteria are fulfilled.

The Board of Management of Bunscoil Gleann Sidheain, in its Policy of Admissions/Enrolment, respects the rights of the existing school community and the children already enrolled.  consequently, the Board of management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each class, bearing in mind:

  • Integration of children from Autistic Unit to Mainstream Classes

  • Health& Safety Concerns regarding Staff and Children

  • Available classroom space

  • Multi-grade classes

  • Educational needs of the children

  • Presence of children with special needs

  • Department of Education & Science class size directives

  • Appropriate Supports and Resources are available

  • Time of school year

  • Gender Balance

Application Procedure

The following are the procedures outlined by the Board of Management with  regard to enrolment/admission in Bunscoil Gleann SidheaIn, Cappoquin, and those procedures will be kept under regular review.

Parents seeking to enrol their children at Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin are requested to complete and return the schools approved enrolment form.  this form is circulated to parents of new entrants during the Christmas to Easter term.  Reminders regarding availability of forms will be given through the school newsletter, Mass announcement and memos to parents.

Information required on the enrolemnt form includes:

  • Pupil's name and address

  • Date of Birth

  • names and addresses of pupil's parent/guardians

  • Occupations of parents/guardians

  • Contact telephone numbers

  • Emergency telephone numbers

  • Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of 

  • Religion

  • Previous school attended

  • Any other relevant information

Completed enrolment forms to be returned to School office along with original birth certificate.

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of management of the school in accordance with school policy.  As a general principle, and in so far as practicable having regard to school's enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application provided that their is space available.

The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education & Skills Rules for National Schools, which provide that pupils may only be enrolled for the age of six years.

All children enrolled are expected to comply with and support the school's Code of Behaviour, as well as the school's designated policies on Curriculum, Organisation and Management.

Access

Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school.  Enrolement in ASD unit is

determined by procedures as outlined in schools ASD Admissions and Enrolment Policy.

Pupils Transferring

Pupils may transfer to the school at any time subject ot school policy, availability of space and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Skills.  Information concerning attendance and child's educational progress should be communicated between schools.  This requirement is laid down The Education Welfare Act 2000.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

In relation to applications for the enrolement of children with special educational needs the Board of Management will request a copy of the child's medical and /or psychological report or where such a report is 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 and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special need and to profile the support services required.

Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report.  Where the Board deems that further resources are required, prior to enrolment, they will request the Special Needs Organiser to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report.  these resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.

The school will meet the parents of the child and with the SENO to discuss the child's needs and the school's suitability or capability in meeting those needs.  Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parties ill be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs, Special Educational Needs Organiser or psychologist, as appropriate.

Admission

Junior Infants (who have reached the age of 4 years) commencing school are admitted to the school during the month of September following completion of the school's enrolment form.

Induction

During the second term of the school year an Open Morning is held to facilitate parents of new entrants and to familiarise new entrants with their classroom surroundings.  During the first week/two weeks of September Junior Infants may be allowed home at 12:00pm.

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin are required to co-operate with and support the School/Board of Management Code of Behaviour, as well as all other policies on curriculum planning, organisation and management.  Parents will be asked to sign acceptance of the schools Code of Behavior prior to enrolment.  Other policies will be made available to parents on request during the school year.  They will be asked to read the keep the policy documents and return enclosed agreement form, signed, stating that they have read and agree with the terms of the policy.  The Board of Management places parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child co-operates with said policies in an age-appropriate way in accordance with the Department of Education's Rules for National Schools.

Evaluation

The Board of Management will monitor the implementation of all aspects of the Policy and review and amend the policy as required.  All children enrolled are expected to comply with and support the school's Code of Behaviour, as well as the school's designated policies on Curriculum, Organisation and Management.

Review Procedure

This Enrolment Policy will be reviewed and amended on a regular basis by the Board of Management​.

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Accident and Investigation Reporting Policy

Reporting and Investigating Procedure

  • In relation to incidents/accidents to pupils on the school property a teacher shall record such accidents.

  • Incidents/Accidents shall be recorded in the appropriate Accident Reporting Form (Available in office in appendix 2 of Health & Safety Statement) completed by the supervising teacher or by the school Safety Officer or Safety Representative.

  • Accidents or injuries that occur to staff must also be recorded on the Accident Reporting Form specifically for injured employees.

  • Certain accidents must be reported to the Health & Safety Authority.  Reportable accidents are all 

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