Enrolment Policy - Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara

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Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara serves the Mornington Church Area. The Enrolment Policy of Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara has been formulated in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 in order to assist Parents in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management or the Principal will clarify any matters arising from the policy.  

Parents seeking to enrol their son in Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara must submit a completed enrolment form with an original Birth/Adoption/Baptismal certificate to the school. They must provide evidence of address e.g. a current utility bill.
Receipt of an application does not confer any status on that application but that it will be assessed under the criteria contained in this policy.
Failure to fully complete the application form or failure to supply any relevant information requested by the authorities to consider the application may result in a child being refused admission to the school.
Under the Rules of the Department of Education and Skills pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upward.

Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school. No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, traveller status, asylumseeker/refugee status or political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

The Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom, bearing in mind:
• Size of/available space in classrooms.
• Availability of grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills
• Education needs of children of a particular age
• Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs
• Department of Education and Skills maximum class average directives.
• Our maximum class size is 29.

In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:
1. Catholic boys of the Mornington Church area of the parish  (including children of Travelling Community resident within this  area of the parish).
2. Children of members of staff in Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara
3. Brothers of pupils in Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara
4. Brothers of sisters in Réalt na Mara GNS
5. Catholic boys who live in the Laytown Church area of the  parish and do not have a place in Laytown School.
6. Catholic sons of Past Pupils living in the immediate area.
7. Catholic boys who live in surrounding areas.
8. Boys who live within the Mornington / Laytown Parish but are not Catholic applying for a placement are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the groups from (i) to (vi) have been allocated places.
9. All boys who apply to the school and are not Catholic and not residents within the parish boundaries are entitled to a place in the school if there are vacancies in the school after the groups from (i) to (viii) have been allocated places.

The Principal may have to operate a cut off in age of applicants to give places to groups (I) to (V) if there is pressure for places in the school. Schools within the parish co-operate with one another in this area taking into account the wider needs of the parish community and its apostolic mission.

Children with Special Needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Skillls to the Board of Management. In the event of an application for a child with special needs, the Board will request a copy of the child`s medical/psychological report or a professional assessment of the child` needs. The Board will meet to determine how best the needs specified can be met by the school. Where the Board deems further resources or personnel are required, it will, prior to enrolling the child, request such resources from the Department of Education and Skills.

Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are not satisfied with the level of educational provision in our school are advised to consider an alternative school which is designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.

Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year (if there are places in the required class). Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing National Schools, as well as our own school’s enrolment policy and local agreements with other schools. The Department states that a person may transfer a child from one National School to another at any time of the year, with  the consent of the Minister, or when a transfer is made because of a change in the ordinary residence of the child. Applications from other schools in the parish or surrounding parishes will only be considered if the Board believes it is in the best interests of the child. A child will only be accepted for enrolment in such cirmcumstances, after the school is furnished with all relevant information regarding attendance and progress under the terms of the Education Welfare Act 2000. The school also requires a letter from the child`s present school indicating the principal`s awareness of their intention to change school.

Children 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, & management. The Board of Management places Parents / Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way.

• This policy reviewed, and amended, if necessary, on a regular basis.

• Reviewed by the Management team of Realt na Mara BNS. February 2011

• Reviewed by subcommittee of BOM February 2011

• Ratified by the Board of Management of Realt na Mara BNS 2011

• Furthered reviewed by Management team of Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara 2014


             Chairman, Board of Management
          Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt na Mara

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