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Enrolment Policy

Enrolment Policy
 

ST VINCENT’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
GLASNEVIN
DUBLIN 11

ENROLMENT POLICY

INTRODUCTION

The Board Of Management of St Vincent’s Primary School is setting out, in this statement, the policy of the school, in regard to enrolment and admission of children to the school, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, 1998.

The Board trusts that this statement of policy will be of assistance to parents and guardians in relation to enrolment and admission matters.

The Board also wishes to state that the Chairman and the Principal of the school will be willing to clarify any matters arising from this policy statement.

PART 1        THE  ETHOS  OF  THE  SCHOOL

 The school is a Catholic Primary school, which caters for boys from Junior Infants to Sixth class. It operates under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Dublin, under the Trusteeship of E.R.S.T., and it fully supports the religious and educational philosophy of the founder Edmund Rice.

The Five Key Elements of an ERST School as set out in the Charter are:-
• Nurturing faith, Christian spirituality and Gospel-based values  
• Promoting partnership in the school community  
• Excelling in teaching and learning  
• Creating a caring school community
• Inspiring transformational leadership
By ratifying and endorsing the Charter, the Board of Management of St. Vincent’s Primary has given clear leadership on what they believe our school’s ethos should be.

The school is managed by a Board of Management, is funded by the Dept. of Education and Skills (DES), and operates within the guidelines and regulations set down from time to time by that Department.
The school recognises the central role of the family as the primary educator of the child.  The school aims to provide the best possible environment to cater for the cultural, educational, moral, physical, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions of all its students, with the resources available to us. The focus of the school philosophy is the education of the whole child to reach his full potential. We show special concern for the disadvantaged, respecting the dignity and uniqueness of each person. Conscious of the legacy of Edmund Rice, our school upholds the values and principles of a Christian education in the Catholic tradition. Working together as a school community, the Board of Management, Principal, staff, parents and pupils will strive to provide an environment, which will allow all students to develop to their maximum potential and fulfil their role in society.

Our mission statement.
Our school is committed to the full and proper development of all children
including those with special needs to enable the attainment of their full
educational and social potential in a positive and caring atmosphere,
giving them confidence for the future.

          
PART 2     OPERATING CONTEXT

(a) The school operates within the context and parameters of the DES regulations and programmes.
(b) The school recognises the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act of 1998,
      section 15, (1) and (2).
(c) The school accepts and supports the religious and educational philosophy of E.R.S.T.
(d) The school recognises that it is limited by the funding and resources available to it.

Within this context, the school supports the following underlying principles:

         Inclusiveness, especially with reference to the enrolment of pupils with special educational needs.                                                                                                                                      
       
                         Equality of access and participation in the school.

         Parental choice in relation to selection of school, having regard for the characteristic
         spirit of that school.

      Respect for diversity. The school respects diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, language and way of life.                            


School Resources
The financial resources of the school are provided by a combination of DES grants, capitation grants, voluntary contributions and fund-raising.  The teaching resources are provided by the DES teacher allocation.
The implementation of the school’s enrolment policy must have due regard to the financial and teaching resources of the school.
The school operates within the rules and regulations set down from time to time by the DES. It also follows the curricular programme prescribed by the DES, which may be amended from time to time by the DES, in accordance with the Education Act 1998, (sections 9 and 30).

Data Protection
The school is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1988 and 2003. Personal data supplied on the enrolment form will be used for the purposes of student enrolment, registration, administration, child welfare and to fulfil any other legal obligations. While the information provided will generally be treated as confidential to the school, from time to time it may be necessary for us to exchange personal data on a confidential basis with other bodies including the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Social and Family Affairs, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, and the National Educational Welfare Board.

Contact details will also be used to notify you of school events and activities. We rely on parents/guardians to provide us with accurate and complete information and to update us in relation to any change in the information provided. Should you wish to update or access your child’s personal data, you should write to the School Principal.


PART 3    SCHOOL DETAILS 2016
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Name of school:
St Vincent’s Primary School

Address of school:
Glasnevin Dublin, 11.

School contact numbers :  Phone. 01-8302328           Fax. 01-8302328                  
E-mail. office@vincentsprimary.com            Website: vincentsprimary.com

School Principal :  Edward Sewell

Deputy Principal :  Frank Canavan

Chairperson of Board:  Austin Hughes  Contact Number:  01-8302328

Special Education Teachers
: Four.

Language Support Teacher: None

Class Teachers: Junior Infants : one

                           Senior Infants :one

                           First Class : two
                           Second Class :  one
                           Third Class : two

                           Fourth Class : one

                           Fifth Class : one
                           Sixth Class : two


Special Class Teacher :  n/a
    
Home/School Liaison Teacher : n/a

Support Teacher:  None

Visiting Educationalists : On occasions, we will welcome drama groups, environmental experts, performers, entertainers, musicians, storytellers, social-awareness groups, sports coaches etc. to the school, to enhance the learning experiences of the pupils.
                      
School Secretary : Audrey Mongey

School Caretaker : Seamus Farrell

Opening Times :          8.50 a.m. --- 2.30 p.m.    Junior & Senior Infants finish at 1.30p.m.  The school premises will be open to pupils from 15 minutes before official opening time. It should be noted that the pupils will not be supervised in the yard prior to opening time.  If there is any deviation from the usual times of opening or closing, for any reason, parents or guardians will receive prior notice of adjusted times.
                                                                                                                    
The School Calendar : The school calendar is drawn up at the beginning of each school year.
Parents or guardians will be supplied with a copy of the calendar and it will be available on our school website -www.vincentsprimary.com.  If the calendar has to be adjusted for any reason, parents or guardians will be informed.
The School Curriculum
The school follows the curricular programme set down by the Department of Education and Skills, which includes the subjects Religion, Irish, English, Mathematics, SESE, Visual Arts, Drama, Social Physical Health Education, Music.

Extra-curricular activities
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of artistic, sporting, social and cultural activities, which helps to develop their talents. This provides them with the ability and confidence to be involved in various activities in later life. Development through team games is greatly encouraged in the school.
Extra-curricular activities may include Swimming, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Basketball, Choir and Quizzes.

Parent-Teacher Meetings
Formal Parent-Teacher meetings are held once a year in January/February. Parents or guardians will receive prior notice of the meetings. All parents/guardians are strongly urged to attend, in the best interest of the child.

School Functions   
Parents or guardians are welcome to attend any special functions in the school.  These may include
The annual School Sports Day.                                               
The annual school Carol Service and Nativity Play.                           
6th  Class Graduation Ceremony.                                     

Fund-Raising
It is necessary for the school to arrange fund-raising events to supplement funding from the Department of Education and Skills and other official grants, in order to maintain a high level of service to the needs of our pupils. Parents and guardians are therefore urged to support all our fund-raising efforts.


Parents’ Association  
The school has a vibrant, active, voluntary Parents’ Association, which meets regularly.   The association helps to promote the development of the students, and assists with various school activities. The Association can be contacted through the School Office.    


PART 4.  APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The school welcomes all students and aims to provide an integrated and inclusive education.

Please note that completion of an application form or placing your child’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.

The Board of Management has stipulated clear criteria for enrolment. These are listed below in order of the priority afforded to each.  These criteria will be used to prioritise children, who have reached the stipulated age and followed the required application procedure for enrolment.

Enrolment Criteria
In the event of the number of children seeking to be enrolled exceeding the space and staffing available, the following priority listings will apply:
1 Brothers of boys already enrolled in the school.  
2 Catholic children of the parish of St. Columba’s, Iona Road.
3 Catholic children living outside the parish who do not have a Catholic School in their own parish.
4 Boys attending Tigers Pre School which is situated in our school building.
5 Any child who presents for a place. Order based on date of application.

Application for Enrolment
1. Junior Infants must be 4 years of age by September 1st in the year of entry.

2. Parents wishing to enrol their children in this school should, in the first instance, fill in an application form either in person at the school or via our website at www.vincentsprimary.com. A copy of the school’s enrolment policy is available on the school website.

3. All applications received by January 31st of the year of entry, will be considered in accordance with the enrolment criteria above.  Parents will receive written notification by letter or email as to the outcome of their application within 21 days of the closing date.

4. Parents of children who have been accepted for enrolment must inform the school, by letter or email, within seven days if they wish to accept the place.  Failure to do so will result in the re-allocation of the place.

5. Applications received after the closing date (i.e. January 31st) will be placed on a waiting list. Places, if available, will be offered to applicants in order of date of application.

6. Parents will be required to provide details of their child's name, p.p.s. number, age and address, religion, previous education, special educational needs and any medical needs. Birth /Baptismal certificates will be requested.

7. In the case of a child with specific special educational needs, the B.O.M. may request copies of medical and/or psychological reports in order to assess the school's ability to appropriately provide for the education of the child. In such cases, a meeting will be held with the child's parents and all personnel involved in the care of the child. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the needs of the child and to profile the support services required. Following this meeting and on receipt of all relevant reports, the B.O.M. will assess how the school can meet the needs identified. Application may be made to the Special Educational Needs Organiser for additional resources if appropriate.


Excess Applications
The criteria for deciding on acceptance or refusal of applications, where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, is set out in an open, transparent and fair manner under the heading enrolment criteria shown above.
 
        
Transfer of pupils from other schools
Pupils from other schools may transfer into the school at any time subject to the following conditions.
The transfer is in accordance with the school’s enrolment policy.
The school is satisfied with the reasons for the transfer.
The transfer is in the best interest of the pupil, and pupils within the school.
All relevant information from the former school is made available.
Space is available in the school to facilitate the transfer.
The Educational Welfare Officer is consulted, if necessary.

Decision-making Process
Decisions in relation to admissions are made by the Board of Management, in accordance with the school’s enrolment policy. The Board will have regard for the relevant conditions prescribed by the DES concerning class size, staffing provisions, accommodation, physical space, health and welfare of children and eligibility for enrolment.
Our school has a statutory duty under Section 9 of the Education Act, 1998 to provide an education to students that is appropriate to their abilities and needs therefore The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in exceptional circumstance. For example:
(a) 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 student with an appropriate education, or
(b) In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.

The right of appeal
If the Board of Management refuses to enrol a student in our school, the parents have a statutory entitlement under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 to appeal that decision. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school. The appeal should be made to The General Secretary, Appeals Administration Unit, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, on the relevant form.
The Board’s decision will be given in writing and the reason for the refusal will be clearly stated.
The school must be informed in writing by the parents/guardians of their decision to appeal.

Documentation
When applying for enrolment of their child to the school, parents or guardians will receive the following documentation - The standard Application Form of the school and access to the Enrolment Policy which is available online at www.vincentsprimary.com

Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the school’s policies including policies on Code of Behaviour (available in school office), Curriculum, Organisation and Management. The BOM places responsibility with Parents/Guardians for ensuring that their child/children co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way.

This document states the Enrolment Policy of our school at the present time. It will be updated on a yearly basis at the first Board of Management Meeting of each school year.

This policy was updated and ratified by our Board of Management on 14th November 2016.


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