Enrolment Policy

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Enrolment Policy

The Board of Management of Screen N.S. has set out this policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998), the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, the Rules for National Schools and the relevant circulars of the Department of Education and Science. The Board trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. Furthermore, the Chairperson and the Principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising.

Decisions, in relation to applications for enrolment, are made by the Board of Management of the school, in accordance with school policy. The Board of Management of Screen N.S. reserves the right to refuse a pupil if such admissions contravene Department guidelines.

General Information

Name & Address Scoil Náisiúnta na Scríne
of School: Screen, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Telephone: 053-91-37142
Email: screen.ns@gmail.com
Chairperson: Fr. Denis Kelly
Principal: Ms. Fiona Wickham

The school is under the patronage of Bishop Denis Brennan, Diocese of Ferns.

Screen N.S. is a vertical, co-educational school with classes from Junior Infants to 6th class. The classes are organised both in single grade and multi-grade classes which is dependent on the numbers of pupils in each class grouping.

Screen N.S. is a Catholic school and the underlying ethos of the school is a Catholic ethos. A crucial element of the promotion of this ethos is the teaching of the religion in class. While we welcome children of all religions and none to our school, we cannot provide supervision outside the classroom for children who do not wish to participate in religion classes.

At present, the teaching staff is comprised of 5 class teachers, 1 Learning Support Teacher and 1 Resource Teacher. The Principal of Screen N.S. is a teaching principal. The number of teachers is dependent on the pupil-teacher ratio as laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.

School hours are from 9.20 to 2pm for Infant classes and 9.20 to 3pm for 1st – 6th classes.

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

The school follows the curricular programmes described by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

Admission/Enrolment Procedures

In January of the year of entry, the Board of Management will communicate enrolment arrangements through:
• The school newsletter
• The school website
• Local notes in newspapers and social media
• Announcements at masses in St. Cyprian’s Church

Parents wishing to enrol their child/children in Screen National School are requested to return a completed Application for Enrolment Form (available in the school) to the school.

In March parents will be asked to confirm if they intend to accept a place in Screen N.S. in writing within 21 days.

Enrolment Criteria

While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Screen N.S. is also responsible to respect the needs of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled.

In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment exceeding the number of places available, the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment.

A list of children aged 4 years before the beginning of the school year will be drawn up and from this list priority will be given to pupils who have:

(a) Brothers and sisters already enrolled – priority to the eldest
(b) Children living within the parish – priority to the eldest
(c) Children who live closest to the school
(d) Children of a staff member permanently employed in Screen N.S.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special 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 is 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 disability or special needs 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, it will, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Skills to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report. Such resources may include for example the provision of any or a combination of the following:
• Visiting teacher service
• Additional Resource Teaching hours
• Special Needs Assistant
• Specialised equipment or furniture
• Transport service

The school will meet the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. The school supports the principles of

• Inclusiveness, in particular with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need
• Equality of access and participation in the school
• Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

The Board of Management of Screen N.S. in its Enrolment Policy 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:

• Available class space
• Educational Needs of the children
• Presence of children with special needs
• Department of Education and Skills class size directives
• Time of school year

It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a particular child pending:

• the receipt of an assessment report; and/or
• the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education and Skills to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical report.

Pupils Transferring

Pupils newly resident in the area are enrolled during the school year subject to school policy, available space and the rules governing National Schools. Information concerning the child’s attendance and educational progress should be communicated between schools.

Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools but are not newly resident in the area, are enrolled only at the beginning of each term subject to school policy and available space.

Rights of Appeal

Under Section 28 (1) (a) of the Education Act (1998) a parent may appeal against a decision not to enrol a child in school. This appeal should be made in writing to the Board of Management through the Chairperson within a reasonable time (normally two weeks of the decision being made).

Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School/Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. The Board of Management places parents/guardians responsible for ensuring that their child/children co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way. These policies may be added to and revised from time-to-time.

Information Needed to Enrol

The following information will be required when children and being enrolled:

 Pupil’s name, age, date of birth and address
 Names, addresses and contact phone numbers of pupil’s parents/guardians
 Contact telephone numbers for reliable persons in the event that parents/guardians are not contactable in the case of an emergency
 Details of any medical condition which the school should be made aware of
 Religion
 Previous schools attended, if any, and reasons for transfer, if applicable
 Birth Certificate and Baptismal Certificate (if baptised outside of Screen/Curracloe)
 PPS number of child
 Any other relevant information (including any such further information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act (2000).

This current policy was reviewed in January 2013. The Board of Management will monitor the implementation of all aspects of the Policy and amend the Policy as required.

This policy will be reviewed in the 2017/2018 year.