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  • CBS Primary School, Wexford

Enrolment and Applications Policy

C.B.S. PRIMARY SCHOOL

SCHOOL ENROLMENT/ADMISSIONS POLICY -updated 2019

 

Introduction:

 

The Board of Management of C.B.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 provision 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 Chairperson, and the Principal of the school, will be willing to clarify any matters arising from this policy statement.

 

  1. 1.      THE ETHOS OF THE SCHOOL

 

(a)   The school profile.

The school is a Catholic Primary school, which caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants class to 6th class. It operates under the patronage of the Diocese of Ferns, under the Trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust and it fully supports the religious and educational philosophy of the founder Edmund Rice.  The school is managed by a Board of Management, is funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES), and operates within the guidelines and regulations set down from time to time by that Department.

 

(b)  The ethos of the school

The school recognises the central role of the family as the primary educator of the child.  The school also accepts and supports the constitutional right and duty of the parents to provide for the religious, moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children.

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 our pupils 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 pupils to develop to their maximum potential and fulfil their role in society.

 

  1. 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 the Christian Brothers.

(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 implementation of the school’s Admission 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).

 

  1. 3.      SCHOOL DETAILS

 

Name of school: Christian Brothers Primary School, Wexford

 

Address of school: Green Street, Wexford, Y35H343

 

School contact numbers:  Phone/Fax 053-9141324   e-mail office@cbsprimarywexford.com

 

School Principal: Mrs. Vicky Barron                     Deputy Principal: Ms. Eileen Casey

 

Chairperson of Board: Fr. Aodhán Marken  Contact Number: 053 9141324 (school)

 

Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Inclusion Support Assistants (Special Needs Assistants), School Secretary and School Caretaker are also employed by the Board Of Management. On occasion, we welcome visiting specialist teachers.

 

Opening Times:         9.10 a.m.-2.50 p.m.  (9.10 a.m. – 1.50 p.m. for Infants).

 

 


 

  1. 4.      ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES

 

The school welcomes all students and, in partnership with Parents/Guardians, aims to provide an integrated and inclusive education.

 

(a)   Application for admission:

A common enrolment date is now in place for all schools in Wexford Town. Application for enrolment in the school is made by completing the school’s application form and returning it to the School Office in either hard copy or email format. The application form is available from the School Office and on the school website. Applications for enrolment for the next school year (including Junior Infants) are made at any time in the preceding school year but children may be placed on a waiting list depending availability of space in classes. The Board will inform the school community of the procedure for application, through appropriate channels e.g., school website, advert in the local newspaper, parish newsletter, social media and any other media, at the discretion of the school.

The last date for return of completed application forms for junior Infants is the last Friday in February in the year the child will enrol, and all applications will be processed after this date. Parents/guardians will be informed of their child’s acceptance or refusal within 21 days of that date.

 

(b)  Procedure for offer and acceptance of Junior Infant Places:

  1. Following application to enrol, offers of places will be sent after the last Friday in February of the year the child intends to commence school.
  2. Offers will be sent in writing to the address as per the enrolment form. Parents may be contacted by phone/email to ascertain the address is correct.
  3. Based on the number of applications to enrol, the school may operate a cut-off birth date for the offer of junior infant places. Older children will be given preference regardless of date of application to enrol.
  4. In order to accept the place for your child, parents/guardians must provide a birth cert, agree to follow the school code of behaviour, communication policy and undertake to uphold the characteristic spirit of the school.
  5. Pupils who are accepted will be registered as per the names on their birth certificate.
  6. Parents/guardians of children who accept a place in junior infants will be invited to an information evening, usually held in May/June.
  7.  Prospective Junior Infant pupils will be invited to visit the school over several sessions to familiarise themselves with the school and classroom environment.

 

(c)   Enrolment of children in Classes other than Junior Infants:

Children wishing to enrol in classes from Senior Infants to 6th Class, or seeking a transfer from other schools, are enrolled subject to the rules governing National Schools, school policy and availability of places in classes. Parents may be informed of the decision via phone/email but will receive written confirmation within 21 days of receipt of completed Application to Enrol Form and the provision of relevant assessment reports, where applicable. Upon acceptance, CBS Primary, Wexford will normally seek school reports and, with parental permission, will request all other relevant reports from the child’s previous school.

 

(d)  Enrolment of children with Special Needs:

Parents/Guardians are requested to inform the school at the time of application to enrol if their child has identified special needs or if there are concerns about any aspect of their child’s development that might be relevant to the school. It is the policy of CBS Primary, Wexford to request up-to-date psychological and/or medical reports for a child with identified special needs who is seeking a place in the school. Similarly, the school should be advised if your child has been receiving additional support under the Access and Inclusion Model of Support in his/her preschool years and/or if your child is engaged with any HSE supports (Speech and Language support, Occupational Therapy etc). Where psychological/medical reports are not available, the school will request that the child be assessed. The purpose of such assessment is to assist the School in establishing the educational and care needs of the child relevant to his/her special needs and to profile the supports required.

The school will meet the parents to discuss the needs of the child and the capability of the school to meet these needs. In exceptional cases, final acceptance of an applicant may depend on the additional resources being provided by the NCSE (National Council for Special Education) or DES (Department of Education and Skills).

As soon as possible, but not later than 21 days after a parent or guardian has provided the relevant information, the Board of Management shall decide on the application concerned and inform the parents or guardian in writing of their decision.  (Educational Welfare Act 2000, Section 19, 3).

 

(e)   Decision-making Process:

Decisions in relation to admissions are made by the Board of Management, in accordance with the school Admissions 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 admission.

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any 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 or
  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.

 

(f)    Appeals Procedure

Where a pupil is refused enrolment, parents/guardians may appeal, in writing, to the Board of Management of CBS Primary. Where the Board of Management refuses to enrol a pupil, the Parents/Guardians have a statutory entitlement under section 29 of The Education Act, 1998, to appeal that decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills/ The appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt from the school of the refusal to enrol.

 

 

This policy was reviewed and updated by the Board of Management on February 1st 2019.

 

Signed: ________________________________, Chairperson          Date: _________________

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