St. Rynaghs National School

SCOIL NAOMH RAGHNACH

Main St., Banagher, Co. Offaly   -   Phone: 057 91 51419

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Draft Admission Policy

Draft Policy to comply with Department Regulations.  Parents with any queries please contact the school within the next two weeks.

Admission Policy

 

School Address:   Main Street, Banagher, Co. Offaly.

 

Roll number:   18157J

 

School Patron:  Bishop Francis Duffy

 

 

1.      Introduction:

 

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.

 

The policy was approved by the school patron on 31st May 2020.  It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.

 

The relevant dates and timelines for St. Rynagh’s N.S. admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

Notices will also be place in the Parish Newsletter, at the entrance in the local Play School and at the school entrances to notify parents that the school is accepting enrolment applications for the coming year.  The enrolment process is by written application only.  Completed application forms should be returned by April 30th each year.   All applications must be fully completed for consideration.

This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

 

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy or softcopy on request to any person who requests it.  This form will accompany the letter of offer that will be sent to parents/guardians of successful applicants.  The completed registration form must be returned to the school within the timeline specified in the letter of offer.  Failure to do so will be interpreted as a refusal of the offer to enrol.

 

The address at which the applicant resides will be the address used only by the school for correspondence regarding enrolment.

 

The completion of an enrolment application form or the placement of your child’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.

 

2.      Characteristic Spirit and General Objectives of the School:

 

St. Rynagh’s National School is a co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of the Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.

 

It is our hope that our school would be an inclusive Catholic School where all children are treated equally, are helped to grow in knowledge and understanding and are encouraged to live a healthy, responsible Christian life.

 

3.      Admission Statement:

 

St. Rynagh’s N.S. will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

 

  • the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or
  • the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

 

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’,  ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

 

 

St. Rynagh’s N.S. is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate were it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

 

Note for Parents:  the inclusion of the above wording was mandated by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018

 

4.      Categories of Special Educational Needs Catered for in the School/Special Class:

 

Children with special educational needs are welcome to enrol in St. Rynagh’s N.S.  It is our hope to provide all children in our school with an appropriate, inclusive education.

Special Educational Needs Children, like all children in St. Rynagh’s N.S. will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the D.E.S.

 

The B.O.M. may request copies of relevant reports or request that the child be assessed in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to provide the supports required.

 

The school will meet with the parents or guardians of a child with special educational needs to discuss the schools’ suitability for the child.  If considered necessary consultations with other professionals and the SENO will be held.

 

 

5.      Admission of Students:

 

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

 

  1. the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)

 

  1. a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student

 

All denominational schools

St. Rynagh’s N.S. is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

 

Note for Parents:  the inclusion of the above wording was mandated by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018

 

6.      Oversubscription:

 

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice:

 

a)      Applicants with siblings currently enrolled in the school (including stepsiblings, resident at the same address), priority eldest;

b)      Children residing in the parish, priority eldest;

c)      Children of staff members, priority eldest;

d)      Random selection (independently verified)

 

 

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

 

Random selection (independently verified)

 

 

7.      What will not be considered or taken into account:

 

In accordance with section 62(7)(e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

 

 

 

(a)   a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí,  other than in relation to a student’s prior attendance at—

(I)                 an early intervention class, or

(II)               an early start pre-school, specified in a list published by the Minister from time to time;

 

(b)   the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;

            (other than in relation to a fee charging school or a plc or further education

             and training course run by a school in respect of those courses)

 

(c)    a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;

            (other than in relation to:

-          admission to (a) a special school or (b) a special class insofar as it is necessary in order to ascertain whether or not the student has the category of special educational needs concerned and/or

-          admission to an Irish language school, in accordance with the provisions of section 62(9) of the act

 

(d)   the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;

 

(e)   a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;

            (other than in the case of admission to the residential element of a boarding

            school or to a plc or further education and training course run by a school)

 

(f)     a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school;

            (other than, in the case of the school wishing to include a selection criteria

            based on siblings of a student attending or having attended the school.

 

(g)   the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school,

 

This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned.

 

 

8.      Decisions on Applications:

 

All decisions on applications for admission to St. Rynagh’s N.S. will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy
  • The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)
  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

 

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and section 15  below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)

 

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

 

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the B.O.M. in accordance with school policy.  The BOM will notify parents of their decision within 21 days of the closing date for the receipt of applications.

 

The BOM will have regard for the relevant DoES guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, including physical space and the health and welfare of children.

 

The BOM is bound by the DoES Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may  only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, through compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.  Children applying to enrol in St. Rynagh’s N.S. must have reached the age of 4 years by August 31st of the year they will commence school.

 

9.      Notifying Applicants of Decisions:

 

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice.

 

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.  

 

Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

 

 

10.   Acceptance of an Offer of a Place by an Applicant:

 

In accepting an offer of admission from St. Rynagh’s N.S., you must indicate—

 

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

 

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

 

11.  Circumstances in which Offers may not be made or may be Withdrawn:

 

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by St. Rynagh’s N.S. where—

  • it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
  • an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
  • the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
  • an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10

 

 

12.  Sharing of Data with Other Schools:

 

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students.

Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list of the students in relation to whom-

 

  1. an application for admission to the school has been received,
  2. an offer of admission to the school has been made, or
  • an offer of admission to the school has been accepted.

 

The list may include any or all of the following:

 

  1. the date on which an application for admission was received by the school;
  2. the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;
  • the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;
  1. a student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005)

 

 

13.  Waiting List in the Event of Oversubscription:

 

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to St. Rynagh’s N.S. were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

 

Placement on the waiting list of St. Rynagh’s N.S. is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy. 

 

Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of the application.

 

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

 

14.  Late Applications:

 

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act.

 

Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application.  Late applicants will be offered a place if there is place available.  In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13.

 

15.  Procedures for Admission of Students to Other Years and during the School Year:

 

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as follows:

 

Applications for enrolment during the school year will be considered subject to school policy, available space and the provision of information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress.

Such applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis but will normally only be considered for admission on the first day of each new term unless the applicant is newly resident in the area.

 

 

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of  students who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows:

 

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to St. Rynagh’s N.S. were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

 

Placement on the waiting list of St. Rynagh’s N.S. is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.

 

Junior Infants, with the exception of students transferring from another school, may only be admitted to the school prior to the start of the new school year.

 

16.  Declaration in Relation to the Non-charging of Fees:

 

The board of St. Rynagh’s N.S. or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

  • an application for admission of a student to the school, or
  • the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

 

17.   Arrangements Regarding Students not Attending Religious Instruction:

 

Our school is of Catholic ethos and in keeping with that ethos, children of all or no other faith are welcome to apply to this school.

 

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parent(s)/guardian(s) have requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction (etc.) in the school.  These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such students:

 

A written request should be made to the Principal of the school.  A meeting will then be arranged with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student, to discuss how the request may be accommodated by the school.

 

Pupils will be given alternative schoolwork but will have to remain in their own classroom, unless they are scheduled for support teaching at that time.

 

18.    Reviews/Appeals:

 

Review of Decisions by the Board of Management

The parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.   

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.  

Right of Appeal:

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission. 

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.    

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

  1. Implementation and Review:

This policy will be reviewed, as deemed necessary, by the Board of Management.

  1. Policy Ratification:

The policy was ratified by the Board of Management of St. Rynagh’s on _________________

 

Signed: ___________________________                             Date:  __________________

               (Chairperson, Board of Management)    

 

 

Principal:  ____________________________

 

The contents of this policy have been approved by St. Rynagh’s N.S. acting on behalf of the Patron.