Admission Policy

The Board of Management of St Audoen’s National School hereby sets out it’s Admission Policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and the Board trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to admission/enrolment matters.

 

This policy aims to ensure that the appropriate procedures are in place to enable the school

  • To make decisions on all applications in an open and transparent manner consistent with the Ethos, the Mission Statement of the school and legislative requirements
  • To make an accurate and appropriate assessment of the capacity of the school to cater for the needs of applicants in the light of the resources available to it and
  • To put in place a framework which will ensure effective and productive relations between students, parents and teachers where a student is admitted to the school

 

Context, Resources, School Organisation & Curriculum

The school supports the principle of equality for all students regarding access to and participation in the school.

The school respects the diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, languages and ways of life in society.

The school acknowledges the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parent’s choice, subject to the resources available to the school including classroom accommodation, class size, teaching resources and financial resources and subject to the capacity of the school to provide for the needs of any applicant or student. It will make every effort to secure those resources – where the resources cannot be secured the school may refuse admission.

The school is staffed in accordance with the DEIS (band 1) pupil – teacher ratios sanctioned by the Department and any additional teaching hours sanctioned by the Department in respect of curricular concessions, special needs, special programmes etc.

The capacity of the school to implement its desired curriculum, its broad range of educational programmes, its breadth of extra-curricular activities, its school plan and policies are dependent on the resources it receives.  Consequently, in determining its activities and programme for any school year the school must have due regard to the teaching, management and administrative resources and the accommodation, equipment and funding available to it.

 

Policy Considerations

 The Board of Management of St Audoen’s National School reserves the right of admission if such admissions contravene Departmental guidelines on class size, etc. The school will not refuse a child on the basis of ethnicity, special education needs, disability, traveller status, refugee status, political or religious beliefs, family or social circumstances, provided the necessary supports are in place in the school.

The Board of Management of St Audoen’s National School, respects the rights of the existing school community and the children already enrolled. Consequently, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each class, bearing in mind:

  • Integration of children from special Classes to Mainstream Classes
  • Health & Safety Concerns regarding Staff and Children
  • Available classroom space
  • Educational needs of the children
  • Presence of children with special needs
  • Department of Education & Science class size directives
  • Appropriate Supports and Resources are available
  • Time of school year

 

 

 The Education Act

Section 29 of the 1998 Education Act allows an appeal to be made to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills in respect of a decision by a
Board of Management, or by a person acting on behalf of the Board of Management;
a) to refuse to enrol a student in the school,
b) to permanently exclude a student from the school, or
c) to suspend a student from the school for a period which would bring the
cumulative period of suspension to 20 school days in any one school year,

 

 

Junior Infant Admission Procedure

Entry in the School Record of Applications File means that an application will be considered in January/ February of the relevant enrolment year, and will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria outlined in this policy.

  • The application process is initiated on receipt by the school of a fully completed application form.
  • This form must be signed and dated by one or both parents or guardians.
  • Children must be at least four years of age on school commencement.
  • Telephone calls or personal school visits concerning admission will be facilitated, but are not in themselves admission applications.
  •  Withholding information regarding your child’s developmental or educational needs may affect your application.

 

Applications for admission to Junior Infant Class must be made by December 20th of the year prior to which it is expected that the child will start school.

For example; Applications for Junior Infants for the Academic Year 2019/2020 should be on or before December 20th 2018. Any applications after this date will be accepted and filed in the School Record of Applications File but may only be included if places are still available following the initial criteria.

Junior Infant Applications will be accepted any number of years in advance of admission but does not guarantee admission. Priority criteria will be applied.

The recommended class size in St Audoen’s NS is 22:1. This will be adhered to in so far as possible, maximum class size being 25.

 

 

 Junior Infant Admission Criteria

 

If the number of children on the List of Applicants exceeds the number of places available, the following prioritising criteria are used:

 

Criteria
1.

(a)Children attending St Audoen’s Pre School.

(b)Brothers and sisters of children already in the school or who have attended the school in the past.

2.

(a)Children of parents who are past pupils of the school

(b)Children of current teaching staff.

 

3. If places are still available then places will be allocated on the basis of age, starting with the oldest applicant whose applications were made prior to the advised application date: December 20th of the year previous.

If the class is oversubscribed within the application of this particular criterion, then those whose primary residence is furthest from the school will be eliminated first.

 

4.

If space is still available, class numbers are completed from the full List of Applicants, which is compiled and ordered according to the date of the original application.  The criteria are listed in order of priority when spaces are allocated under criterion 1 and space is still available, then criterion 2 comes into play and so on.  This prioritisation proceeds until all places have been allocated.

 

 

 

Admission to SI – 6th Classes

Applications for Classes for SI – 6th will be held for a maximum of two years, thereafter, if a place has not become available, parents/guardians must re-apply or notify the school in writing of their wish to continue with said application.

 

Criterion

 

1. Priority is given to:

(a)brothers and sisters of children currently in the school

(b) siblings of those who have attended the school in the past.

 

2. Families whose primary residence is in the immediate area of Cook Street, starting closest to the school and radiating outwards from the school.
3. Children of current teaching staff.

 

4. Children of parents who are past pupils of the school.

 

 

 

The Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

  • Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management, their parents/guardians must provide the school with the report of an educational psychologist which recommends placement in a school like ours before registration can take place.
  • Pupils with special or specific educational needs may attend a support(SEN) teacher for a specified time per week. They might also allocate a special needs assistant (SNA) for the child.
  • 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 is designed and resourced to specifically to cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.

 

 

The Enrolment of Children into an ASD Class 

  • Each child must have a referral from appropriate services.
  • Each child must have a full current Psychological & Cognitive Assessment which must specify ‘Autism’.
  • Each child must have a recommendation to enrol into an ASD Class.
  • Each child must fall within the mild range or higher general intellectual disability.
  • Consideration will be given to applicants whose primary residence is in Dublin 8.
  • The parents/guardians must fill in and return a School Application form with relevant documentation/reports.
  • The Board of Management policy states that the school at present can accommodate a maximum of 2 classes for children with Autism.
  • The Department of Education & Science states that the ratio for each class is a maximum six pupils to one teacher.
  • This policy states that the parents/guardians of the prospective candidates for the class must meet the principal, the class teacher and any other relevant parties before the child starts school.
  • The classes cater for children of Primary School age only – i.e. four years to thirteen years.

 

 

Special Class Integration & Discharge Considerations

  • The school promotes a policy of integration with age appropriate peers, on a social level and ability appropriate curriculum level. It may not always be possible to integrate children in their age equivalent class due to the age profile of the children.
  • The level of integration/reverse integration that each child receives in St. Audoen’s National School is collectively decided upon by those professionals who deal with the child each day; both support teachers and mainstream teachers and the principal.
  • The views of other interested parties such as Psychologists, Speech Therapists and Occupational therapists will be taken into account when making these decisions. Parents will be consulted on an ongoing basis and their feedback will play an integral part in deciding upon the appropriate level of integration.
  • Pupils who are fully integrated into mainstream are discharged with their class groups. Discharge from an ASD Class may also occur if the school authorities and relevant professionals, in consultation with parents/guardians, feel that the child’s special class placement is no longer appropriate.

 

Please note that fulfilling the admission criteria does not  ensure admission; if sufficient places are not available and/or sufficient classroom space is not available. The Board of Management policy states that the school at present can accommodate a maximum of two classes for children with Autism. The Department of Education & Skills states that the ratio for each class is a maximum six pupils to one teacher.

  • This policy states that the parents/guardians of the prospective candidates for the class must meet the principal, the class teacher and any other relevant parties before the child starts school.
  • The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse admission if they believe the school cannot meet the needs of a particular child.
  • The Board also reserves the right to suspend or expel a child under Child Protection Policy, Health & Safety regulations and in conjunction with the school ‘Code of Behaviour’

 

 

Admission Refusal

The BOM reserves the right to refuse enrolment/admission to any student where either:

  • The student has special needs such that even with additional resources available from the Department of Education & Skills and/or the Department of Health, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education.
  • The school endeavours to support each child on an individual basis and ensure that it is an appropriate school placement for the child. However, if it is the opinion of the Board of Management that the student poses an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of other students, to school staff or to school property, a decision may be made not to enrol the child and/or to exclude the child from the school.

 


Suspension & Expulsion

  • The Board reserves the right to suspend or expel a child under Child Protection & Health & Safety regulations and in conjunction with the school Code of Behaviour.
  • All placements are subject to review at the request of the parents and/or the school. The review will include input from relevant services, the parents/guardians and the school. Following the review, a recommendation may be made that the child be enrolled in a school that can meet his/her needs.

 

 

 

January 2019