Ballintemple
National   School

Enrolment Policy

Ballintemple N.S.

Roll No: 15781P

Enrolment / Admissions Policy

Section A. General Information.

Introduction.

The Board of Management of Ballintemple National School hereby sets out its Enrolment and Admission Policy in accordance with the provisions 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, Fr. Tommy Wade, S.M.A. Parish Office, Blackrock Rd, Cork (021/4616328) or the Principal Teacher, Mr. Denis O’Sullivan (021/4293608) will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy.

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment at Ballintemple N.S. are made by the Board of Management of the school.

School Information.

Name of School: Ballintemple National School.

School Address: Crab Lane, Ballintemple, Cork.

Telephone No: (021) 4293608

Email: oifig@ballintemplens.ie

Denominational Character of Ballintemple National School.

Ballintemple National School is a mainstream, co-educational, Catholic school under the Patronage of Bishop John Buckley DD, Catholic Bishop of Cork and Ross.

The school aims at promoting the full, harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.

School Staff.

The teaching staff comprises of one administrative Principal Teacher, eight mainstream class teachers, one learning support teacher, three resource teachers and four classroom assistants. Ballintemple N.S. is a single stream, vertical school, i.e. the full range of classes Junior Infants – Sixth Class are taught in the school and classes are of mixed gender.

The school operates from 8.50a.m. – 2.30p.m.

School Funding.

The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills and it operates within the regulations laid down by the Department.

The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills.

Guiding Principles.

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

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference 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.

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.
  • 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 the school.

Legal framework informing this policy.

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 admissions policy which provides 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”.

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 the school’s Admission Policy.  Section 19 (2) requires that parents must provide relevant information to the school while Section 19 (3) requires that the Board of Management, shall as soon as possible (but no later that 21 days) after receiving such information “make a decision in respect of the application concerned and inform the parent in writing thereof”

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, assess to programmes, participation in the school or regarding expulsion or any other sanction.  There are limited exceptions regarding single-sex schools and schools promoting particular religious values [Section 7 (3)].

Section B. Enrolment Procedures.

Parents who wish their children to be considered for enrolment are required to complete the school enrolment form. The school enrolment form is available on request from the school office or may be downloaded from the school website www.ballintemplens.ie. Fully completed forms must be returned to the school office either by post, in person or by email to oifig@ballintemplens.ie.

The completion of an 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.

Provision of Key Information by Parents.

The following information is required by the school Enrolment Form.

  • Pupils name, address, parish, date of birth.
  • Class into which child wishes to be enrolled.
  • Previous school attended, if any.
  • Contact telephone numbers.
  • Parents' names.

Decision Making.

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made in the first instance by the Principal and Vice Principal. In relation to applications for placement in Junior Infants, the Principal and Vice Principal will meet during the first school term to determine the Junior Infant intake for the following year. A letter offering a place at the school will then be issued to the successful candidates.                                                                                                                                                                                       

Offers of a place must be accepted within the timeframe specified in the letter of offer. In the event of an offer not being accepted within the specified date, the right to a place is automatically forfeited.

The Principal will bring applications for all other classes to the Board’s attention during the course of the school year before any decision regarding placement is taken.

While recognising the right of parents to enroll their child in the school of their choice, the school is also responsible to respect the rights of the existing school community and in particular the children already enrolled. In this regard the school will have regard for relevant Department of Education & Skills guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and /or any other relevant requirement concerning accommodation, including physical space and the health and welfare of children as well as the specific educational needs of children.

The school is bound by the Department of Education & Skill’s Rules for National Schools, which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of four and upwards.

In the event that applications for enrolment exceed the number of places available, the Principal and Vice Principal shall exercise their discretion in the application of the following criteria which are listed in order of priority.

  1. Applications for brothers/sisters of children already enrolled in the school.
  2. Applications for children living within St Joseph’s parish, Blackrock Rd who do not already have siblings enrolled in the school.
  3. Applications for the children of current school staff.
  4. Applications for children living outside St Joseph’s parish, Blackrock Rd placed in order of proximity to the school.

Date of Application.

The date of receipt of application, as signed / stamped by the school office on the enrolment form, will form the basis of priority listing within each of the criteria listed 1-4 above.

Clarification of Parish Address.

Prior to offering a place to applicants in the Junior Infant class in the school, the Principal or Vice Principal will contact the parents/guardian of each applicant in criteria 2 above to ensure that they are currently resident in the parish and have not moved outside the parish boundary since the application was made.

Note on following year placement.

In a situation where the school is unable to offer a place in Junior Infants to a child listed in criteria 1 or 2 above, that child will, if it is the wish of his/her parents, be placed on the following year’s enrolment list. The child’s position on that list will be determined by the date of application which appears on the original application form.

Appeals Procedure.

In line with Section 28 of the Education Act 1998, parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision may appeal to the Board of Management. This appeal must be addressed, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal. Parents, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Skills under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enroll.

Enrolment of children with Special Needs.

Parents of children with special needs are required to inform the school at least one year in advance of commencement in school of the child’s specific needs. This will allow the parents and school plan to have all the necessary supports in place prior to the child starting school.

The Principal will also 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 this assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training 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 required resources 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, specialized equipment or furniture etc. The Principal will meet with the child’s parents to discuss the child’s needs and the schools ability to meeting those needs. Where necessary a full case conference / meeting involving all parties will be held-parents, Principal, resource teacher, learning support teacher, psychologist etc as appropriate.

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

  • the receipt of an assessment report (psychological, medical, occupational therapy etc)
  • the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education & Skills to meet the child’s needs as specified in the above report(s).

Exceptional Circumstances

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could arise where either:

  1. The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.
  2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.

Pupil Transfer

Pupils may transfer to the school at any time during the school year. Applications for placement into all classes will be assessed subject to the school’s enrolment policy, available space and the school’s requirement in relation to its ‘retention number.’

It is a requirement of the Board of Management that information concerning the child’s attendance and educational progress be communicated between the previous school and Ballintemple N.S. before any decision is arrived at in relation to placement.

Code of Behaviour

The school’s Code of Behaviour forms part of the school’s Enrolment Policy. All children who are enrolled in the school are expected to uphold and support the policy.

Evaluation

The Board of Management will monitor the implementation of all aspects of the Policy and review and amend the Policy as required, with particular emphasis placed upon-

  • Effective management of the application process.
  • Clarity and transparency relating to the process.
  • Applicants informed in good time re the status of their application, particularly in the case of the school’s inability to enrol children from the parish of Ballintemple.

Monitoring Procedures

The implementations of this policy will be monitored by the Board of Management at the appropriate time. The Principal will report to the Board of Management regarding the process of enrolment during the first term each year. Where the Principal refuses admission to any applicant, by the authority delegated to him by the Board in line with this policy, any such refusal shall be communicated to the Board at the earliest opportunity.

Review Procedure

This policy was reviewed by the Board of Management during the 2011/2012 school year. The policy will be reviewed annually by the Board. Next review of this policy will occur during the school year 2013/14.

Ratification: This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on the 1st May 2012.

SMA Parish Blackrock Rd – Boundary

  1. Houses situated on the northern side of the  Boreenmanna Rd  - extending from St. Gerard Majella Terrace to the junction with Victoria Avenue -  S. Gerard Majella Tce, Beaumont Cottages, Marble Hill, Crab Lane, Clanrickarde Estate, Richmond Estate, Elderwood Estate, Belfield Abbey, The Willows, The Oaks, Melrose, Ashton Lodge.(Please note that Victoria Avenue does not fall within the parish boundary.)
  2. Houses situated in the estates off Churchyard Lane- Temple Hill Lawn, Copperhill Estate, Avondale Park.
  3. Houses situated on both sides of the Blackrock Rd extending from the junction of the Blackrock Rd with Churchyard Lane to the traffic lights at the junction with the Old Blackrock Rd and Victoria Rd. (Please note that the Old Blackrock Rd does not fall within the parish boundary.)
  4. Houses situated on both sides of Victoria Road as far as the roundabout /junction with Albert Rd/Centre Park Rd. (Please note that the city side of Rosefield Terrace is not within the parish boundary.)
  5. Houses situated on Park view as far as Kennedy Quay.
  6. Houses situated in Maryville Estate (City side only.)
  7. Monaghan Rd (both sides) and the southern side of Centre Park Rd as far as the junction with the Monaghan Rd – Industrial / Commercial Units.