Enrolment Policy

Loughmore N.S. Enrolment Policy

Introductory Statement: The original Enrolment Policy was formulated in 2002 by the teaching staff and the Board of Management at the time. The policy was updated in March 2011 by the teaching staff and ratified by the Board of Management. It was reviewed by the New Board of Management in February 2011 and ratified on 26/04/2012 by the BOM.

Loughmore N.S. is a Catholic School under the patronage of the ArchBishop of Cashel and Emily. As such its Spirit and Ethos through practices, beliefs and attitudes which are rooted in this tradition. Notwithstanding our Ethos, we welcome children of every tradition while respecting the rights of the existing school community and the children already enrolled.  Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school.

Mission Statement: Attached please find School Mission Statement.

Rationale and Aims: The Board of Management are setting out this policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. The Board believe that by doing so parents will be assisted in every way in relation to enrolment issues. It should be noted that the Chairperson of the Board of Management and the Principal will be happy to clarify matters arising from this Policy.

General Information Section:

Name: Loch Mór Maigh N.S.

Address: Loughmore, Templemore, Co.Tipperary

Contact details:  0504-32225 (phone and fax)

Website: www.loughmorens.ie

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Name of Patron: ArchBishop Dermot Clifford

Type of School: Co-educational School

Board of Management: The Management body of the school is the Board of Management appointed according to the Rules and Constitution of Primary Schools. The day-to-day running of the school is carried out by the legally appointed Principal Mrs. Angela Dunne.

 

Number of Staff: The school is staffed in accordance with pupil-teacher ratio as outlined by the D.E.S. The present teaching staff includes 4 Classroom Teachers including the Principal, a learning Support Teacher (shared), a Resource Teacher (shared).

Ancillary Staff: 2 Special Needs Assistants, a Secretary and Caretaker. 

Range of Classes taught: Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Opening Hours:The school day begins at 9.20am. School concludes for Infants at 2pm. and for all other classes at 3pm.

Curriculum offered: The School follows the Curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with section 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

  • Languages: English, Gaeilge.

  • Mathematics.

  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education: History, Geography, Science

  • Arts Education: Visual Arts, Music, Drama

  • Physical Education

  • Social, Personal and Health Education

  • Religious Education

  • Other Relevant Information

  • Parents’ Association active in the school.

  • Active partnership with parental community.

  • School calendar is forwarded to parents in September and is also available for viewing on the school web-site.

  • Official Parent- Teacher Meetings – take place in January at a time agreed between parents and teachers.

  • Unofficial Parent- Teacher Meetings are facilitated as required.

  • School Reports are issued at the end of the year.

  • Standardised Attainment Testing (SATs) take place in all classes 1st -6th on an annual

basis.

Funding: The School depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science, and it operates within the regulations laid down by the Department. School policy has regard to the resources and funding available.

Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron set out in the Education Act (1998) , and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of;

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with references to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need.

  • Equality of access and participation in the school.

  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment.

  • Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

 

Application Procedure:  Applications must be made in writing on the official application form which can be obtained from the school office/downloaded from the school website. The School will communicate generally to the School community through the Parish Newsletter, school website, the local paper and through notes to the pupils attending our School.

(a)    Loughmore N.S. requires as a condition of so registering such child, his/her parents to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour so provided is acceptable to them and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the child.

(b)   Admission of the Junior Infants normally takes place on the first day of the academic year. Any child who has not reached their fourth birthday cannot be enrolled at this time.

(c)    The BOM of the school must reply to an application within 21 days of receipt of such application. Where a school reasonably requires further information, the application will not be treated as complete until such time as all requested information has been received. Loughmore N.S. requires medical history and all relevant reports to accompany the enrolment. Where applicable requests in respect of details of guardianship and custody arrangements may be requested.

(d)   Children who wish to apply to transfer to the school from another Primary School may do so at any time during the School year, however information regarding educational progress and previous attendance will be requested. 

 

Decision Making Process: Written notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent out within 21 days of final date for receipt of applications.

Enrolment Criteria:

While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Loughmore N.S. has the responsibility to respect the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled. This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the principles of natural justice and acting in the best interest of all children. Assisting the school in such circumstances, the BOM reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom, bearing in mind – 

a.   size of / available space in classroom.

            b.   educational needs of children of a particular age.

            c.   multi-grade classes.

            d.   presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.

            e.   DES maximum class average directives.

 

With regards to criteria for enrolment, the following is the priority order in which children will be accepted:

  1. Sisters and/or brothers of pupils currently in the school.

  2. Catholic children living within the parish Boundary.

  3. Other children living within the Parish boundary.

  4. Children of past pupils of Loughmore NS.

  5. Other children living outside the Parish boundary.

  6. Children of current staff, including ancillary staff.

 

In the event that there are more applicants within any category than there are available places, priority will be given to children within the particular category in order of age, starting with the oldest.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs: In relation to applications for enrolment of children with special needs the Board of Management will request copies of medical and/or psychological reports. Where such reports are not available; a request will be made that the child/children be assessed immediately and reports furnished. The purpose of this is to assist the school in determining the educational, training and staffing needs of the child/children and to profile the support services required. On receipt of the reports the Board will then assess the school in terms of the specified needs. If the Board deems that further resources are required then a request will be made to the Department of Education and Science for provision of same prior to the enrolment of the child/children.

Refusal to enrol on grounds of “Exceptional Circumstances”: The Board of management of Loughmore N.S. can only refuse to enrol in compliance with its agreed policy. The Board of Management can reserve the right to refuse enrolment in exceptional circumstances e.g.:

       (a)    The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the DES, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education

  • or

       (b)In the opinion of the Board, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils,

            school staff and/or school property.

 

Right of Appeal: Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 provides for a right of appeal against a decision to refuse enrolment. Following the expiry of the 21 days from the final date for receipt of applications any decision to refuse enrolment must be communicated in writing to the parents by the Chairperson of the Board.

Pupil Transfer: Pupils may transfer to the school at any time subject to the school’s enrolment policy and available space. The teaching allocation of a school each year, is determined by the enrolment as of the 30th September in the previous school year. Information regarding educational progress and attendance will be requested from their previous school when the child has been put on the register of Loughmore N.S.

Code of Behaviour: The Board of Management reserves the right to suspend and/or expel a child in the event of the child’s non-compliance with the school’s code of behaviour. Parents are expected to sign a statement that their child will comply with the school rules and code of behaviour.

Review: This policy document will be monitored and reviewed on an ongoing basis by the Principal, school staff and Board of Management.

Approval by the Patron: Under Section 15(2)(d) of the Education Act a copy of this policy will be made available to the Chairperson of the Board to forward to the Patron for approval.

Communication: This policy will be communicated to parents/guardians via the school website. Hard copies will be available on request from the secretary’s office. A copy of this policy will be attached to all enrolment application forms also.

Ratification: On receipt of approval from the Patron, the revised policy will be approved at a meeting of the Board of Management, signed by the Chairperson, dated and retained with the minutes of the particular meeting. All updates and revisions of the policy will be made available to the Board for ratification.

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