In setting out its enrolment / admission Policy, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Board of Management of Scoil Eoin, Innishannon trust that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and that furthermore, the chairperson of the board and the principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy.
School Name: Scoil Eoin,
Address: Innishannon, Co.Cork.
Telephone No: 021 4775457
Present Enrolment: 267 pupils (on September 30th. 2010)
School’s Denomination: Scoil Eoin is a Roman Catholic School
School’s Patron: Bishop John Buckley
Roman Catholic Bishop of the Dioceses
of Cork and Ross
School’s Staff: The Principal and 14 teachers
(dealing with learning support and resource teaching)
Special Needs The school has five full time personnel
Assistants : working in this area
The school day commences at 9.00am for all pupils.
The Junior and Senior Infants go home at 1.40pm.
First class to Sixth class go home at 2.40pm
Founded in 1938, Scoil Eoin is a Roman Catholic Primary School, recognised by the Department of Education and Science as a Girls / Boys Mixed primary school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop Of Cork andRoss.
As a Catholic School, Scoil Eoin aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all pupils cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and 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 full range of Classes, from Junior Infants to sixth class are taught. The school is a mixed school.
Scoil Eoin operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants. The Staff is resourced by the Department of Education and Science. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) equality law and all other relevant legislation. .
The enrolment of Junior Infants takes place at the school in March / April.
Communication of enrolment date to parish community by:
(1). Notice inserted in parish bulletin and on school website.
(2). Parents of children currently on roll are notified through school
newsletter / circular.
Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Eoin are requested to return a completed Reception Application Form (available in the office and on school website) with an original Birth / Adoption Certificate to the school by mid June of the year they wish to enrol their child(ren)
(1) The names of children for whom Enrolment Application forms and Birth/ Adoption Certificates having been returned, will be placed on a class waiting list.
(2) Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school. No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, gender, traveller status, asylum-seeker/refugee status, religious/ political beliefs &values, family or social circumstances.
3) While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Scoil Eoin. is also responsible 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 classrooms
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 (currently a maximum average of 29 children)
(4) In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/ standard exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year (due to the BOM being unable to provide suitable accommodation, or recruit the required teaching staff) the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:
a. Brothers & Sisters (including step-siblings, resident at same address) of children already enrolled
b. Children living within the school catchment area.
c. Children of current school staff
d. In the event of being unable to enrol a child(ren) from categories a, b, or c, in a given class at the beginning of a year, or mid-year, such children will receive priority (in order of a, b, c, ) for the subsequent school year over other children on the class waiting list.
e. The Board of Management must comply with the terms of the Education Welfare Act/2000 and notify parents / guardians within 21 days if the application for enrolment is not successful.
5) There is a Registration Week in February /March of each year
(6) There is an Annual Open Morning for prospective parents held in June
(7) New Junior Infants spend one informal period in school at the end of June to familiarise themselves with their new environment.
(8) Pupils with special needs.
The Board of Management may request a pupil to be assessed immediately (on enrolment) if no assessment is available. This report will (a) assist the school in establishing the education and training needs of the pupil. (b) profile the support services required. Board of Management can assess how the school can meet the needs specified in this report. If extra resources are required the B.O.M. may, prior to enrolment, request the D.E.S. to provide such resources, i.e. resource teacher, S.N.A., specialised equipment furniture, transport services etc.
The Board of Management may deem it necessary to defer enrolment of the particular child pending
- receipt of assessment forms
- provision of resources by the D.E.S.to meet the needs of the child.
(9) Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are unsatisfied with the level of educational provision in our school, are advised to consider a special school which is designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs
(10) Other pupils are enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area).
11) Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing NationalSchools, as well as our own school’s enrolment policy and local agreements with other schools.
However, in compliance with the Education Welfare Act 2000, the parents / guardians must provide the school with a record of the pupils attendance and a report of the child’s educational progress from the school from which the child is transferring
(12) Children of other faiths / no faith. Bearing in mind the Catholic ethos of the school, every effort will be made so that the school is as inclusive as inclusive as possible. While Catholic education and the ethos of the school permeates the day, children of other faiths or none, where request is made in writing, will be excused from attendance at formal religious instruction classes and specifically Catholic liturgies. As far as is possible, in consultation with parents, suitable alternative arrangements will be made in order to facilitate this. It will not be possible however to provide religious instruction in other faiths.
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 Science under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. An appeal form will be issued by the school to the parents/guardians. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.
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, & management. The BOM places Parents/ Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way.
Copies of school policies (Code of Behaviour, dealing with bullying, Internet Usage Policy, R.S.E – Stay Safe Programme) are given to parents to read. A signed form, accepting the above mentioned policies, must be returned to the school, where they will be filed.
Parents / Guardians whose children are eligible for school transport are given the necessary information. If they wish to avail of transport, the school principal completes the application form for school transport, having noted the details required e.g. collection / pick up point etc.
Parents wishing to enrol their child(ren) at Scoil Eoin must inform the school, in writing, if their child suffers from any long term / short term illness and if their child is on medication. No teacher can be required to administer medicine or prescribed drugs to a pupil. A teacher who, with the consent of the B.OM, does take on the responsibility for administering medicines takes on a heavy duty of care to discharge the duty correctly. Training of staff member will be required.
The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education and Science Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of four years upwards, though compulsory attendance at school does not apply until the age of six. (Rule 64:1)
This policy was ratified by the Board of Management at its meeting on 16/06/ 2008.