Emo NS Enrolment Policy
Emo National School Policy on Enrolment
This policy refers to all applicants from 1st January 2019 and subsequent years until further notice.
The enrolment policy of Emo National School is set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Admissions Act 2018 and Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. Emo National School is a Catholic National School for boys and girls under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Bishop Denis Nulty and is situated at Emo village.
Emo National School is a parish school and is guided in all its work by the Catholic ethos. We share with our community the responsibility for providing a rich, encouraging and secure learning environment for all the children in our care. The values of truth, justice and compassion are modelled, promoted and celebrated.
As a community of learners, we recognise the diversity of learning styles, talents and needs amongst our pupils. We encourage their efforts and celebrate their success, believing that this is the key to developing positive attitudes, self-esteem and confidence in our students.
Great emphasis is placed on fostering mutual and self-respect, values which underpin the happy and secure atmosphere in our school. We seek to instill in our pupils a pride in our own Irish culture and a respect for the richness of other cultures.
High standards and high expectations are promoted in our endeavours but, above all, we seek to instill in our children a joy of learning, which they will carry with them throughout their lives and will enable them as responsible citizens to play a full and positive role in society.
Under the Education Act 1998 each school is obliged to formulate a policy on enrolment. This policy fulfils that requirement.
There are 13 teachers including an administrative principal in our school. The school caters for pupils from approximately age 4 years to 12 years in classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. There is one class at each level.
The school depends on grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and operates within the rules and regulations laid down from time to time by the Department of Education and Science. This enrolment policy will have regard to available funding and resources.
The school is subject to The Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018, The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. Emo National School follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).
Within the context and parameters of Department of Education and Science regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act (1998) and the funding and resources available the enrolment policy of Emo National 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 the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.
Therefore, no child will be refused access to Emo N.S. for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, accent, language, traveller status, asylum seeker/refugee status, religious or political beliefs or values, family or social circumstances.
- The Board of Management has determined that the school Principal will accept written applications for enrolment in Junior Infants from 1st January up to the last working Friday in January of the school year of enrolment( January 2019 for September 2019) .
- Each December the school principal will communicate generally to the school community through school newsletters, parish newsletters and any other appropriate media that applications are being accepted from 1st January to the last Friday in January.
- Application forms are available from the school or on our website. All completed enrolment application forms must be accompanied by an original Birth Certificate, a passport photo and a utility bill with proof of address. The utility bill must be dated within one month of the date of application.
- It is the responsibility of each parent/guardian to ensure that all necessary documentation requested by the school accompanies their application.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned.
- Completed application forms should be sent to the following address: Enrolment Application, Emo National School, Emo, Portlaoise, Co Laois.
- The Board of Management will reply to each application within 21 days of receipt of application except in the case of our new junior infant class. In their case, the Board of Management will reply to all junior infant applications within 21 days of the closing date for applications. The closing date is normally the last working Friday in January of the year of enrolment.
Criteria for Acceptance
- Emo National School’s Management Board will enrol a maximum of 26 infants in the junior infant room each year.
- All applicants for Junior Infants must reach four years of age before the start of the school year in which they wish to enrol. For example a child starting in September 2019 must reach four years of age before 1st September 2019.
- All applicants must give their permanent address at the time of application ie January for Junior Infants and their expected address at the time their child will start in the school. All changes of address must be notified to the school immediately especially where this change may impact on their child’s eligibility for enrolment. The BoM reserves the right to withdraw an offer of enrolment where these conditions are not complied with.
- Places will be notified in writing after the application closing date. When notifying parents about a refusal to enrol a child, the reason for refusal and their place on the waiting list will be specified in the notification.
- Should the number of children seeking enrolment in junior infants exceed the places available, children who are 4 years of age before 1st September in the year they wish to enrol will be given priority according to the following criteria:
A.Brothers and sisters of children already enrolled (including step-siblings, resident at the same address)
B Children who are permanent residents of Emo catchment area as defined in Appendix A (Emo N.S. Catchment area)
Children in this category must be at least 4 years of age or older before the 1st September in the year of intended enrolment with preference given in order of date of birth from the oldest to the youngest with any child having the same date of birth given equal priority.
- Children of current staff in order of date of birth from the oldest to the youngest with any child having the same date of birth given equal priority.
- Any remaining applicants with preference given in order of date of birth from the oldest to the youngest with any child having the same date of birth given equal priority.
Should applications fulfilling the criteria under Section A-D above exceed places available and be of equal priority, such places shall be allocated by a draw of lots. The Board of Management may appoint one or more scrutineers for such a draw. A record of this process will be retained in the school.
Thereafter places will be allocated on a first come first served basis with the date of receipt of the application being recorded. Where applications have been received on the same day they shall have equal priority.
Transfer of Pupils
Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the rules governing national schools, the Management Board’s school policies and the provision of the Education Welfare Act 2000.
Normally transfers are only considered for the start of each new term.
In the case of such pupils, an enrolment application form must be completed and returned with an original birth certificate.
Families intending to take up residence in the area should contact the school well in advance regarding enrolment.
In the event of children seeking enrolment in any given class exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year they will be placed on a class waiting list and contacted when a place becomes available. It should be noted that children will be prioritised on waiting lists according to the criteria outlined for the enrolment of junior infants above.
Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
Children with special educational needs are welcome to enrol in our school and every effort will be made to provide them with an appropriate education as well as to include them in every aspect of school life. Pupils with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the DES and/or National Council for Special Education (NCSE). In the event that an applicant has special educational needs, a copy of the applicant’s medical/psychological reports and/or a professional assessment of the applicant’s needs must be submitted, so that an application for resources can be made.
Following receipt of such reports the Board of Management shall assess how Emo National School can meet the needs specified in the report. If further resources are required the Board of Management will, prior to enrolment, request the DES and/or S.E.N.O. to provide the required resources. These may include any combination of the following visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport or other services.
Children enrolled in Emo N.S. are required to co-operate with the school’s code of behaviour and policies on curriculum, organisation and management. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children co-operate with these policies in an age appropriate way. Parents will be requested through the application for enrolment to confirm in writing, having read the documents, that these policies are acceptable to them and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with same.
Refusal to Enrol
Emo National School reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any applicant who does not comply with the terms of this enrolment policy.
In exceptional circumstances Emo N.S. reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any applicant where:
2.. The applicant has special needs such that, even with additional resources being made available from the DES/NCSE, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the applicant with an appropriate education.
- The applicant poses unacceptable risk(s) to themselves, other pupils, staff and/or school property.
Parents of applicants refused enrolment will be advised of their right to appeal the BoM’s decision as outlined below.
In line with Section 29 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.
Appendix A ( Emo N.S. Catchment Area )
EMO KILLEEN (as half in Mountmellick Parish)
EMO DANGANS (as half in Mountmellick Parish)
EMO GARRYVACUM (some in Portarlington Parish)
EMO LOUGH (some in Portarlington Parish)