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Admissions Policy

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Admissions Policy

Scope

The Education Act 1998 enjoins all schools in the State to promote respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life. The Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire Community School is setting out its admissions policy in accordance with current legislation and the policies of its Trustees. 

The Board of Management trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and further more the Principal of Scoil Mhuire Community School, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy. 

Scoil Mhuire Community School depends on the financial and human resources allocated to it by the Department of Education and Skills. The school also operates within the regulations laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.

 Rationale

This policy sets out the manner in which students are admitted to the school. The key principles outlined in the Education Act underpin this admissions policy. These are:

  • Inclusiveness, particularly reasonable provision and accommodation for students with disability or other special needs.

  • Equality with respect to maximum access and participation in the school.

  • Parental choice in relation to choice of school having regard to the characteristic spirit of the school.

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

 

Policy

Entry Requirements:

  • The applicant must have reached 12 years of age by 1st January of their first year at Scoil Mhuire Community School.

  • A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, and registration fee must accompany all applications.

  • All applicants should have completed a full course of primary education or have followed an approved course.

  • Applications for the school year 2017-2018 will be available from mid-October 2016. The closing date for receipt of applications will be Friday 18 November, 2016.

Places will be offered to students according to the following criteria:

  1. Siblings of current students in Scoil Mhuire and sons and daughters of staff members of Scoil Mhuire Community School.

  2. Students who live in the catchment area attending the feeder primary schools in Clane & Rathcoffey. These feeder primary schools are Scoil Bhride (Clane), Scoil Phadraig (Clane), St. Mochuo’s National School (Rathcoffey) and Hewetson School (Clane).

  3. Students living in and attending other schools in the catchment area of Staplestown, Tiermohan, Robertstown, Straffan, Ardclough, Allenwood, Prosperous, Coill Dubh, Killina, Allen, Timahoe, Caragh

  4. Students living in the catchment area.

  5. Other applicants.

All applicants will be informed within 21 days from the closing date of receipt of application forms whether their application has been successful or not, provided all documentation requested has been supplied to the school principal.

 

If within any category, the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, a lottery will be used to allocate these places. Procedure for the lottery will be determined by the Board of Management.

 

In the event of an application for a place in the school received after the closing date Friday 18th November 2016 at 12 noon, the application will be placed on the waiting list, after the lottery has been conducted.

All applications will be placed on a waiting list in order according to the date and time applications were received.

Criteria

Admission is subject to the following conditions:

  • Each year a maximum of 210 pupils are accepted into first year.

  • A maximum of 144 applies to Transition Year.

  • A maximum of 15 applies to Leaving Cert Applied.

  • Entry to the school or a particular course activity is subject in the first instance to a place being available.

  • That, in the professional judgement of the School Authority (i.e. the Board of Management or person delegated to act on behalf of the Board) and following an interview (if deemed appropriate), the student is deemed suitable for admission to the school or course/activity.

  • That, in the professional judgement of the School Authority, the student, because of previous education, training or experience, is considered likely to benefit from attendance.

  • That the participation of the student/applicant will contribute positively to the school or the course/activity and not infringe, in any way, upon the opportunities or rights of other students or staff.

  • All disputes in relation to admission will be referred in writing to The Board of Management.

Enrolment Process for Students into First Year

  • The enrolment process is by way of written application and normally takes place in late November of the student’s final year in primary school.

  • Because places are limited not all students may be accepted.

  • If the number of suitable applicants exceeds the number of places available, a lottery will be used to allocate these places. Procedure for the lottery will be determined by the Board of Management. (See Appendix 1)

  • Assessment procedures will take place at a date agreed with local primary schools. Generally this takes place in the month of January prior to entry. This involves assessments in English and Mathematics together with scientifically based tests.

  • The assessments are based on the Fifth and Sixth Class Programmes for primary school.

Transition Year

  1. To gain admittance to these programmes students should submit a written application form prior to the closing date.

  2. When considering admission a student’s record in the school will be taken into account including:

  • Behaviour

  • Attendance

  • Suitability of that student for Transition Year.

  1. Because places are limited to 144 not all students may be successful.

  1. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, a lottery will be used to allocate these places. Procedure for the lottery will be determined by the Board of Management. (See Appendix 1)`


Leaving Certificate Applied

  1. To gain admittance to these programmes students should submit a written application form prior to the closing date.

  2. When considering admission a student’s record in the school will be taken into account including:

  • Behaviour

  • Attendance

  • Suitability of that student for Leaving Certificate Applied.

  1. Preference is given to students of Scoil Mhuire.

  2. As places are limited to 15 not all students may be successful.

  3. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, a lottery will be used to allocate these places. Procedure for the lottery will be determined by the Board of Management. (See appendix 1)

Procedure

The LCA Co-ordinator will, in collaboration with teachers, Year Heads, Principal/Deputy Principal and other Programme Co-ordinators identify students who, based on progress at Junior Cycle, maybe suitable for participation in the LCA. Where, on foot of this review process, candidates for whom the LCA is deemed suitable are identified, parents will be consulted to ensure that the educational needs of their son or daughter are addressed.

Applications for the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme will not be accepted after the 1st June unless the principal believes the student will make a positive contribution to the course.

The Enrolment of Students with Special Needs

Every reasonable endeavour is made to accommodate students with special needs. The School will meet with the parents to discuss the student’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability to meet those needs.

Students Transferring From other Schools.

  1. Students may transfer to the school subject to the school’s admission policy, available places, and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Skills.

  2. Students must apply in writing to the school.

3. Acceptable references, academic records and other reports as required must be provided.

Contract of Learning/Behaviour

Central to the operation of an effective and caring school is a fair and efficient Code of Learning/Behaviour to which students, parents, staff and management must subscribe, which ensures mutual respect and co-operation and which has regard to the rights and responsibilities of all concerned.

Parents/students wishing to attend Scoil Muire Community School must read and accept the school’s Contract of Learning/Behaviour. Parents and student must sign the school’s Contract of Learning/Behaviour.

Parents whose children have been offered a place at Scoil Mhuire Community School are expected to

  1. Confirm in writing their acceptance by a specific date.

  2. Attend an information evening.

  3. Attend an interview if required.

  4. Agree in writing to abide by the school’s Contract of Learning/Behaviour.

 

Parents/Guardians and students are required to re-register and renew their acceptance of the school’s Contract of Learning/Behaviour at the commencement of each school year.

 

Right of Board to refuse.

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in exceptional circumstances. (See Section 29, Education Act 1998 and Circular M48/02).

Right to Appeal

Parents have the right to appeal a refusal by a board to enrol a student under Section 29 of the Education Act.

The Board of Management in accordance with school policy makes decisions in relation to applications for admission to Clane Community School. All admissions are subject to the approval of the Board of Management. The Board of Management may review the admission policy from time to time.

 

APPENDIX 1

 

Procedures for Conduct of Lottery

In the event of applications in any of the categories 1-5, as stated in Scoil Mhuire’s Clanes Admission Policy, being greater than the number of places available (210), a lottery will be used to allocate these places.

The Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire Clane at its meeting on 10th May 2016 has decided that the procedures for the conduct of the lottery will be as follows:

1. The Lottery will take place as soon as is practicable after the stated closing date on the school’s Admissions Policy /Application for First Year Enrolment Form 2016/2017

2. The Lottery will be conducted by the Principal in the Presence of two members of the Board of Management.

3. If the figure of 210 applicants is exceeded then all the names of the applicants in the category where over subscription occurs will be placed in a ballot box. The names of the applicants will be picked individually from the Box by the Principal.

4. The order in which the applicant names are picked from the box should be recorded by the Principal with the first name picked being person number 1 in that category and so on until the figure of 210 is reached. Any subsequent names picked after the 210 students has been reached will be recorded in order to enable a waiting list be created.

5. Procedures as in 3. & 4. above will be followed in all the remaining categories down to Category 5 so a full waiting list can be created

6. All such lists must be verified by the Chairperson of the Board of Management or his / her representative and signed accordingly to ensure/ confirm the fairness and transparency of the process.

7. Only those applicants numbered 1-210 will be offered places, according to the Policy, and only after an applicant declines an offer of a place in writing to the Principal can the next person on the waiting list be offered the place.

Sr Collette Mc Closkey

Chairperson Board of Management

Dated: 13th September 2016

 

 

 

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