Enrolment Policy

St Enda’s Primary School, Whitefriar Street, Dublin 8.

01 4475 7566. Roll number 14556D

Principal – Ms Mary Marren

Chairperson (Board of Management) Cora Ferriter

 

Section A – Enrolment/Admission Policy

The board of management of St Enda’s Primary School is setting out this policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998), the Education Welfare Act (2000), the Equal Status Act (2000-2004) and relevant Health and Safety Legislation. We trust that by detailing the procedures for enrolment/admission to St Enda’s, this policy will be of assistance to all parties in relation to admission/enrolment matters.

St Enda’s is a mixed Catholic Carmelite primary school under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. It was established by the Carmelite Fathers, Whitefriar Street in 1894. All classes from Junior Infants – Sixth Class are co-educational.

The Ethos Of The School

St Enda’s strives to provide a secure environment where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed. St Enda’s School aims to unlock individual potential and enable students to develop their talents and skills to the maximum degree.

The school has 13 teachers: 1 administrative principal, 7 class teachers, 4 Resource/EAL/LS teachers, 1 Home School Community Liaison teacher.

Opening Hours are from 9.00am until 1.40pm for Junior Infants and Senior Infants and 9.00am until 2.40pm for 1st Class up to 6th Class. In the interest of Health and Safety, children are not permitted on the school premises before 9.00am or after 1.40pm/2.40pm unless they are participating in a school activity.

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. It receives additional funding as a DEIS Band One Urban School. School policy operates within the confines of resources and funding available. The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998 and the Education Welfare Act.

Within the context and the parameters of Department 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 and; respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

 

Section B Enrolment Procedures

Application procedure

1. Parents who wish to enrol their child for Junior Infants may complete a two page enrolment form at any stage. The parent must also provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate (if applicable) and a copy of the child’s PPS number.

2. An enrolment/information meeting is held every year during the month of February by which time application should be made for all children wishing to start Junior Infants the following September.

3. Within twenty one days of this enrolment meeting, parents will receive a letter informing them of the outcome of their application for enrolment.

4. Parents who wish to enrol their child for other classes may complete an enrolment form at any stage. The parent must also provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate (if appropriate) and PPS number.

5. The two page enrolment form is available from the school office or by application by email to saintendasns@yahoo.ie or on the school website, www.saintendas.ie.

 

Decision Making

As a general principle and in so far as practical, having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided there is space available within the pupil-teacher ratio laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.

The Board will have regard for relevant Department of Education and Skills guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and /or any relevant requirements concerning accommodation, including physical space and the health and welfare of the children.

The Board is bound by the Department of Education and Skills’ Rules for National Schools which states that children must be 4 years old by the 1st September on entry to Junior Infants, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.

In the event that applications for enrolment exceed the number of places available the following decision-making process will apply;

1. Catholic children living in the parish who already have a brother or a sister in the school.

2. Catholic children living in our parish who do not have a brother or sister in the school.

3. Catholic children living outside the parish who do not have a Catholic school in their own parish.

4. Other children living in our parish.

5. Other children living outside our parish.

If the applications within any category exceed the number of places available, then older children in that category will have precedence.

If you wish to see the boundaries of the Catholic Parish of Whitefriar Street then please contact the principal, Miss Mary Marren.

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 be 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 special needs and to provide the support services required. Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the reports. Where the board deems that further resources are required, it will request the Department of Education and Skills to provide these resources. These resources may include some of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services etc.

The school will meet with the parents to discuss the needs of the child and the school’s suitability/capability in meeting those needs. Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parents will be held. This may include parents, teachers, principal, learning support/resource teachers, special needs assistants, special class teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychiatrists and physiotherapists.

Due to the structure of the building (built in 1894), the school is unable to meet the needs of a child in a wheelchair.

Child Protection Guidelines

The Board of Management of St Enda’s formally adopted the Department of Education and Skills Child Protection Guidelines based on “Children First” on 24th May 2012. Procedures are in place whereby the school is obliged by law to report any cases or suspicions of neglect, sexual, physical or emotional abuse. Copies of these guidelines are available for you to read in the school. Please contact the principal, Miss Mary Marren, if you would like to see these.

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in our school and their parents are required to co-operate with and support the Code of Behaviour as well as other policies on curricular, organisational and management matters. The code is drafted in accordance with the NEWB Guidelines For Schools. Positive behaviour is encouraged and procedures for dealing with inappropriate behaviour, up to and including suspension and expulsion, are outlined. The Board of Management places a responsibility on parents and guardians for ensuring that their children co-operate with the said policies in an age appropriate way.

Refusal To Enrol

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any pupil in exceptional cases. Such exceptional cases could arise where in the opinion of the Board, the pupil poses unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property or the needs of the pupil are 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. Any refusal to admit a pupil to the school may be appealed by the parent to the Board of Management in the first instance and to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills in the second instance under Section 29 of the Education Act (1998). In such circumstances, parents are advised in writing of these entitlements in such an appeal. An Appeal Form may be obtained from Elizabeth Hoynes (Education Welfare Officer) at 16/22 Green Street, Dublin 1.

 

This policy was ratified on 7th November 2012, 10th November 2013 and 1st December 2014.

 

Signed – Mary P Marren (Principal)

Cora Ferriter (Chairperson Board of Management)