Parents seeking to enrol their son(s) in St. Fintan’s Primary School must request an enrolment form from the school.
Application for enrolment to Junior Infant classes usually takes place in the month of February.
The enrolment policy of St Fintan’s is set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Bro. Matthew Hayes, (Ballyfin) and the School Principal, Ms E. Parkinson, (St Fintan’s. Phone 057 8732372) will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy.
St Fintan’s is a Catholic National School for boys under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, and is situated at New Line Rd, Mountrath. The school 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 and promotes a Christian philosophy of life. It is important that all parents are aware and accepts at the time of enrolment that St. Fintan’s is in the first instance a Roman Catholic school where faith and the values of the Gospel find daily expression in every activity within the school.
The school caters for boys from approximately age 4 years to 12 years in classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Teacher numbers are according to DES pupil teacher ratio. All classes are multiclass. The Principal has full-time teaching duties. There is one learning support teacher.
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 Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. St Fintan’s 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 St Fintan’s 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 St Fintan’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.
As a general principle and insofar as practicable having regard to the enrolment policy of St Fintan’s children will be enrolled on application provided there is space available.
Pupils will, as a rule, only be admitted to Junior Infant classes if they have reached their fourth birthday by the 1st September. No new Infant enrolments can be accepted after this date. Children may be admitted to a Junior Infant Class during the school year provided they are transferring from another school. Pupils will not be permitted to repeat a school year based only on age. Only in exceptional circumstances i.e (illness) will repeating a year be considered.
The Board of Management has determined that the school principal will accept written applications for enrolment in Junior Infants up to 31st of March of the school year prior to enrolment. Each January and February the school principal will communicate generally to the school community through school newsletters, Parish Newsletters, announcement at Church Masses and any other appropriate media that applications are being accepted up to 31st of March.
Provision of Key Information by Parents
Applications will only be accepted on the basis of a fully completed School Registration form. This form must be accompanied by a copy of Birth /Adoption Certificate and Baptismal Certificate if appropriate. Evidence of residency may be requested in the form of a household bill etc. At some stage prior to enrolment Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and child should call to the school to meet the Principal/Deputy Principal.
If newly resident, pupils can be enrolled provided they also have
- a letter of transferral from their previous school
- a recent progress report
- a copy of any other relevant reports.
Our school will contact the former school to ensure information supplied is accurate and request an attendance report and any relevant documents pertaining to the childs educational progress.
The Board of Management makes decisions relating to enrolment in accordance with school policy. In the event that applications exceed/ is expected to exceed the number of spaces available the Board of Management has determined that priority in the allocation of places will be given to the following groups of children
· Brothers of boys already enrolled in the school (including step-siblings, resident at same address)
· Catholic boys of the parish ie. Roman Catholic Parish of Mountrath
· Sons of staff members.
· Catholic boys who live outside the parish who do not have a Catholic school in their parish
· Non - Catholic boys who live within the parish
· Catholic boys who live outside the parish who have a catholic school in their parish
· Non - Catholic boys who are not residents of the parish with priority given to children whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on an O.S. map).
Places will be allocated thereafter according to the priorities above and confirmed by the Board of Management at its next meeting. If necessary the additional criteria of the age of pupils may be taken into account and priority given to older children. In the event of a child not obtaining a place on the grounds of age, priority will be given in the subsequent school year.
In the application of these criteria the Board of Management reserves the right to make exceptions to provide for the enrolment of children of staff members, children of ethnic minorities, traveller children, children of refugees, asylum seekers etc.
Parents will be notified of the decision of the Board of Management within 21 days of its meeting at which enrolment decisions are made.
In determining enrolment the Board of Management shall take into account Department of Education and Science regulations regarding staffing provisions, maximum class size and maximum class average and any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation such as physical space, the educational needs and rights of children already enrolled, multi-grade classes and the presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.
The Board of Management shall at all times have regard for the Health, Safety and Welfare of pupils and teachers and others who work in the school.
The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the ages of 4 years of age upwards although compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.
Refusal to enrol
The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse to enrol applicants in certain exceptional circumstances.
- There are no places available.
- The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the DES, that the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.
- In the opinion of the BOM, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff and/or school property.
Parents, who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management. It 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. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.
Enrolment of Pupils with Special Needs
In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs the Board of Management may request a copy of any relevant medical or psychological reports as are available. If such a report is not available it is open to the Board to request that the child be assessed prior to enrolment. The purpose of the assessment is to establish the educational needs of the child relevant to his disability/special needs and to profile the support services required.
Following receipt of such a report the Board of Management shall assess how St Fintans can meet the needs specified in the report. If further resources are required the Board of Management will, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Science to provide the required resources. If the Board deem it necessary they will defer enrolment until supports are in place. 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.
The school principal will meet with the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the suitability and capability of St Fintan’s to meet those needs. If necessary, a full case conference may be called which may include parents, principal class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher, SENO, psychologist, medical personnel.
Applications for entry to classes other than Junior infants:
Applications for entry to classes other than junior infants may be submitted at any time. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, this means as a place becomes available in a particular class, that place is allocated to the first child on the waiting list for that class.
If transferring from another school, the principal of St. Fintan’s BNS may make contact with the principal of that other school prior to the offering of a place.
Pupils may transfer to the school at any time subject to school policy, available space, the provisions of the Education Welfare Act (2000) and in some cases the approval of the Department of Education and Science.
Parents who remove children from the school, of their own accord and who then wish to re-enrol must apply in writing to the BOM to have their application considered.
Refusal to enrol:
The BOM reserve the right to refuse enrolment in exceptional circumstances if, in the opinion of the BOM if there is evidence of an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff, or school property, or if the applicant 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 applicant with an appropriate education.
Code of Behaviour
Boys 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 and management. The B.O.M. places Parents / Guardians responsible for ensuring that their son(s) co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way. In accordance with the Department of Education’s rules for National Schools, a child may be suspended for gross or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour. These policies may be added to and revised from time-to-time.
This policy was approved by the Board of Management and shall be reviewed at least annually by the Board of Management and changed where deemed necessary and appropriate.
Sample Enrolment Form
1 Child’s Personal Details
Last Name: First Name Date of Birth:
Home Tel : Child's Religion: Child's Nationality:
2 Parent/Guardian Information
Father's Name: Work Tel. (incl. mobiles)
Work Address: Email
Mother's Name: Work Tel. (incl. mobiles)
Work Address: Email
Contact Name: (minder, neighbour etc) Contact Tel. (incl. mobiles)
3 Other Information
Other Schools Attended: Year: Class
Medical Information: (see over also)
Family Doctor Tel
Travel to/from School: (Please Tick) Walk Bus (state Company) Car Cycle
Number of children in family: Child's place in family:
Brother(s) in the school at present: Class:
Signature of Parent(s)/Guardian(s):
4 For Office use only
Teacher Class: Roll No: Date In
Birth Cert: BaptiCert: Books: Milk Insurance
5 Private and Confidential
In our school we endeavour to provide the highest standards of pastoral care for your child. In order to achieve this objective successfully it is vital that the school be informed of any relevant situation regarding health, bereavement, domestic circumstances etc. Such information may be detailed here or alternatively you may contact the principal teacher or your child's class teacher directly. Any information will of course, be treated in the strictest confidence.
The information provided in this form is necessary for the work of the school and is confidential to the school. However, from time to time the school is asked to provide information to the Health Board to facilitate their work such as immunisations, sight and hearing tests and dental appointments etc. Please sign below to signal your agreement that the details in Section 1 (Child’s Personal Details) be made available to the Health Board.