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Draft Admission Policy of Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan

School Address: Massreagh, Kilmacrennan, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Roll number: 17036p

School Patron: Bishop Alan Mc Guckian

1.      Introduction

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.

The policy was approved by the school patron on XXX.  It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.

The relevant dates and timelines for Scoil Cholmcille admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

2.      Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

Scoil Cholmcille is a Catholic co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of Bishop Alan McGuckian, Raphoe Diocese.

“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:

  • the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and
  • a living relationship with God and with other people; and
  • a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and
  • the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith,

and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of Scoil Cholmcille shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

 Insert details here of the Mission Statement and general objectives of the school.

We aim to provide a holistic education for our pupils that enables them to develop socially, emotionally, physically, academically and spiritually.  We value and cherish all children equally and celebrate their differences. We recognise and acknowledge that children learn differently. We strive to create a safe and happy learning environment suited to the needs of all pupils.

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.

3.      Admission Statement

Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

  • the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or
  • the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’, ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

  Scoil Cholmcille is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic religion and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.  

 

  • Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the special class. Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills, has established a class to provide an education exclusively for students with ASD.

 

5.      Admission of Students

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

  1. the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)
  • a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student
All denominational schools Scoil Cholmcille has a Catholic ethos and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.    

6.      Oversubscription

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice:

  If the number of children on the Waiting List exceeds the number of places available, the following selection criteria will be used:   Priority Criterion 1 Priority is given to sisters/brothers of children already in the school (including step-siblings, resident at same address). If the class is oversubscribed on the basis of this criterion, places will be allocated on the basis of age, starting with the oldest applicant. 2 Children living within the catchment area, priority to oldest in each case. 3 Children of staff members, priority to oldest in each case. 4 Children who are resident outside the catchment area, priority to oldest in each case. 5 If space is still available, class numbers are completed from the Waiting List, 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 process proceeds until all places have been allocated. 6 All other applicants      

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

  Places will be allocated on the basis of age, starting with the oldest applicant. If the tie remains based on this criteria, places will be allocated on the basis of first name alphabetical order and, if same, on second name alphabetical order in accordance with the birth certificate.  

7.      What will not be considered or taken into account

In accordance with section 62(7) (e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

Points (a) to (g) must be included here by all schools. There are limited exceptions to some of these (highlighted in red below) and schools must retain the exceptions that apply to them and delete those that do not:   a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí,   the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;   a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude; other than in relation to admission to a special class insofar as it is necessary in order to ascertain whether or not the student has the category of special educational needs concerned and/or   the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;   a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;   a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school; other than, in the case of the school wishing to include a selection criteria based on siblings of a student attending or having attended the school     the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school,   This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned. This is also subject to the school making offers based on existing waiting lists (up until 31st January 2025 only).  

8.      Decisions on applications

All decisions on applications for admission to Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy
  • The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)
  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and section 15  below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

9.      Notifying applicants of decisions

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice.

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.  Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

10.   Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant

In accepting an offer of admission from Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan you must indicate—

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

11.  Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan where—

  • it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
  • an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
  • the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
  • an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.

12.  Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students.

Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list of the students in relation to whom—

(i) an application for admission to the school has been received,

(ii) an offer of admission to the school has been made, or

(iii) an offer of admission to the school has been accepted.

The list may include any or all of the following:


(i) the date on which an application for admission was received by the school;

(ii) the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;

(iii) the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;

(iv) a student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005).

13.  Waiting list in the event of oversubscription

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Scoil Cholmcille were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of Scoil Cholmcille is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.  Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of the application.

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

14.  Late Applications

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act.

Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application.  Late applicants will be offered a place if there is place available.  In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13.

15.  Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes other than the school’s intake group or who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows: are as follows:     Pupils are enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area) no later than the first Monday of every month, subject to availability of places.   The school will require the following information: Copy of birth certificateBaptismal Certificate (where applicable)Previous school report (including attendance, academic progress and any other relevant information e.g. psychological/medical reports)PPS No.Details of previous school attended and attendanceReasons for transfer   Under the POD requirements, admission applications will incorporate the choice for parents to consent or not to the two questions deemed by the Data Commissioner as sensitive information, namely ethnic/cultural background and religion.  Parents will also be informed on the admission application that we operate an electronic data base system in the school and in liaison with the DES under the POD system.   In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/ standard exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year, the child’s name will be placed on a waiting list.  The following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:     Priority   Priority Criterion 1 Priority is given to sisters/brothers of children already in the school (including step-siblings, resident at same address). If the class is oversubscribed on the basis of this criterion, places will be allocated on the basis of age, starting with the oldest applicant. 2 Children living within the catchment area, priority to oldest in each case. 3 Children of staff members, priority to oldest in each case. 4 Children who are resident outside the catchment area, priority to oldest in each case. 5 If space is still available, class numbers are completed from the Waiting List, 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 process proceeds until all places have been allocated. 6 All other applicants

16.  Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

This rule applies to all schools.

The board of Scoil Cholmcille, or any persons acting on its behalf, will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

  • an application for admission of a student to the school, or
  • the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

17.   Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction

This section must be completed by schools that provide religious instruction to students.

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parents or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, who has requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction in the school.  These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such students:   A written request should be made to the Principal of the school.  A meeting will then be arranged with the parent(s) or the student, as the case may be, to discuss how the request may be accommodated by the school.    

18.    Reviews/appeals

Review of decisions by the board of Management   The parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.   

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.  

Right of appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission. 

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.    

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

Signed:___________________________________________________

Date: ____________________________________________________

Next Review Date: _________________________________________

Hi, I appreciate that Covid-19 can be a challenging time for some and we will seek to help with any schooling challenges at this time. Feel free to contact me on kilmacrennanschool@eircom.net with any queries.

Many of the class teachers have set up class emails for parents to contact them if you so wish.

Yours, John Devenney.

April 17th 2020.

Hi all,

I hope that you are all well and managing to find something to do to pass the time! As things stand, the lock down currently remains in place until the 5th of May and schools are closed until further notice. One of the unfortunate consequences of this is that Fr Dunne has noted that the Sacrament of First Holy Communion will not proceed as planned in May; I appreciate this is hugely disappointing but we will have something to look forward to at a later date.

We appreciate that posting school work is working very well for some students while others find it a bit more challenging. We do encourage you all to do your best and to keep working to the best of your ability. If you have any questions or queries, parents can e-mail the school at kilmacrennanschool@eircom.net and we’ll do our best to help. Some of the teachers have set up individual emails and these can be found with their class work for the coming week.

We have set some work for the coming weeks. Work packs are being posted to Junior and Senior Infant pupils and should arrive on Monday or Tuesday. Work for the other classes can be found under ‘Our Classes’ drop-bar on the website. The SEN/ Learning Support team will make contact with their pupils over the next few days.

The BOM is inviting any submissions by April 29th in relation to an Admissions Statement & Bill (School Enrolment Policy), currently being drafted.

Please note that the deadline for applying for school transport is Friday, April 24th. This is done online at www.buseireann.ie/schooltransport. Kilmacrennan NS has no role in this process,

Please contact me via email if you require any further information,

Take care,

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney

SPHE LINK FOR PARENTS
Attached, please find a link to the PDST website, detailing SPHE curricular material for parents.
 
 
 
 
 
PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION
Management of Infectious Disease in Schools Manual.
Please note the following link to the HSE Management of Infectious Diseases in Schools Manual/ Public Health Communicable Disease Group.  Please seek medical assistance if you have any concerns.
 
JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Dear Parent,  You can find a link on our school website under the Parent Zone drop bar to the relevant PDST Information for Parents ( https://pdst.ie/node/4036).

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

 
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