Admission's Policy

 

 

 

Admission Policy of St. Mogue’s  N.S.

 

Currin, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan.

 

Roll number:17440W

 

School Patron: Bishop of Kilmore.

 

 

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 in July 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. Mogue’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.

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 on request to any person who requests it.

 

2.Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

 

This section must be completed by all schools.

St. Mogue’s N.S.is a Catholic co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of the Bishop of Kilmore.

 

“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:

  1. the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and
  2. a living relationship with God and with other people; and
  3. a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and
  4. the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith,

and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the  doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of St. Mogue’s N.S. shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

St. Mogue’s National School seeks to provide an education to our pupils which is appropriate to their abilities and needs.  We hope to promote the moral, spiritual, social and personal development of all pupils and provide health education for them in consultation with their parents, having regard to the characteristic spirit of the school.  We will endeavour to promote equality of opportunity for both the male and female pupils and the staff of our school.  As part of our ongoing recognition of our parents as partners in the school community we will ensure that they have access to records kept by our school which relate to the progress of their children.

St. Mogues N.S. is a parish school and is guided in all its work by the Catholic Ethos.  While having due recognition for all other religions, we share with our community the responsibility for providing a rich, well-ordered, happy, challenging and secure learning environment for all the children in our care.  The values of truth, justice and compassion are modelled, promoted and celebrated.

We see all children as equal regardless of sex, religion or background and therefore we will treat them equally.

As a community of learners, we recognize the diversity of learning styles, talents and needs amongst our pupils.  We encourage their efforts and celebrate their success believing that this is the key to developing positive attitudes, self-esteem and confidence in our students.

Great emphasis is placed on fostering mutual and self-respect, values, which underpin the happy and secure atmosphere in our school.  We seek to instil in our pupils a pride in our own Irish culture and a respect for the richness of other cultures.

 

3.Admission Statement

 

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

 

  1. the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  2. the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  3. the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  4. the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  5. the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  6. the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  7. the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  8. the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or
  9. 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. Mogue’s N.S.  is a catholic primary school whose objective is to provide education in  an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not Roman Catholic and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

 

 

 

 

 

4.Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the school/special class

 

St. Mogue’s N.S. currently has neither a special class nor a unit attached.

 

 

 

 

5.Admission of Students

 

This school shall admit each pupil seeking admission except where –

 

  1. the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details). Pupils seeking admission during the school year will not be admitted to the school if the classroom that they are going into is oversubscribed. This is set a maximum of 27 pupils in line with staffing schedules for the coming school year (2020/21)

 

  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.

 

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

 

 

 

6.Oversubscription (this section must be completed by all schools including schools that do not anticipate being oversubscribed)

 

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:

 

1.Children with a sibling currently or formerly enrolled in the school.

2. Children living within the parish boundary (or from a townland serviced by the school bus service) whose siblings attended the school, and/or parents or grandparents attended the school.

3. Other children living within the parish boundary (or from a townland serviced by the school bus service).

4. Children of current staff, including ancillary staff.

5. Other children living outside the parish boundary.

All of the above are governed by the fact that incoming pupils must be 4 yrs old by September 1st

 

 

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), older children will have precedence.  i.e .Date of Birth.

 

 

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:

Points (a) to (g) must be included here by all schools. There are limited exceptions to some of these (highlighted in red below) and schools must retain the exceptions that apply to them and delete those that do not:

 

  1. a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí,

 

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

 

  1. a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude.

 

  1. the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;

 

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

 

  1. 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  siblings of a student attending or having attended the school.

 

  1. 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. Mogue’s N.S. will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy
  • The school’s annual admission notice
  • 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.

 

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. Mogue’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.

Failure to disclose this information on the acceptance of a place may lead to an offer being withdrawn by the school.

 

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. Mogue’s N.S.  where—

  1. it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.

 

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—

 

(i) an application for admission to the school has been received,

 

(ii) an offer of admission to the school has been made, or

 

(iii) an offer of admission to the school has been accepted.

 

The list may include any or all of the following:


(i) the date on which an application for admission was received by the school;

(ii) the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;

 

(iii) the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;

 

(iv) 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. Mogue’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. Mogue’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.

 

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 a place available.  In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list .

 

 

15.Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year

 

Pupils may transfer to the school at any time during the year upon receipt of,

 

  1.  A valid completed enrolment form (including a copy of birth cert)
  2.  A signed school Code of Behaviour form.

 

And where the school has

 

  1. Available space and
  2. The approval of the DES (in some cases)

 

 A child transferring to the school at the beginning of the school year will be promoted to the class following the one which he/she has just completed.

 

16.Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees.

 

The board of St. Mogue’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-

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

 

17. Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction

 

This section must be completed by schools that provide religious instruction to students.

 

The following are the school’s arrangements for pupils, where the parents/guardians requested that the pupil attend the school without attending religious instruction in the school.  These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such pupils.

 

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

It is envisaged that any such pupil will remain in the classroom and will be provided with work to do on a laptop or computer using headphones so that he/she cannot hear what is being discussed in the religion class.Alternatively,ifparents/guardians wish to provide their own  material this can also be read in the class with headphones.

If a class has to go to the church for a practice/ceremony during school hours, the pupil(s)

shall be supervised in another classroom.

 

 

 

18.Reviews/appeals

 

Review of decisions by the Board of Management

The parent/guardian of the pupil, may request the Board of Management to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29 C 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 29 B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The Board of Management will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29 B and with section 29 C 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, 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 29 B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

 

 

 

Implementation and Review.

 

This policy will be reviewed by staff and by the Board of Management on a yearly basis. It will be made available to parents/guardians via the school website following final approval from our Patron.

 

This policy was ratified and implemented by the Board of Management on ………….2020.

 

Signed.------------------------------------------------  Date ------

                 Chairperson.  B.O.M.

Signed ------------------------------------------------   Date ------

                  School Principal.