Enrolment

Tullamore Educate Together National School, Collins Lane, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

 Enrolment Policy of Tullamore Educate Together N.S.

The Board of Management of Tullamore Educate Together N.S. has drawn up this enrolment policy in accordance with the requirements of the Education Act 1998.

Introduction

Tullamore Educate Together National is a co-educational school, which educates children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down. The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with the requirements of the Education Act 1998. The Revised Curriculum is being implemented in the school in accordance with the timetable recommended by the Department of Education and Science.

Ethos

Tullamore Educate Together National School, like all Educate Together schools in the Republic of Ireland, is founded on the four core principles:

  1. Multi – denominational- All children have equal rights of access to the school, and children of all cultural and religious backgrounds are equally respected.
  2. Co-educational-The school is open to boys and girls on an equal basis.
  3. Child-centred-The school intends its environment to encourage, nurture and facilitate each child so that they will explore their full range of abilities and work towards realising their highest potential. Every decision in the school is made from the point of view of what is best for the child.
  4. Encouraging Parental Involvement-Parents are invited to participate actively in the daily life of the school, with due regard for the professional role of the teachers. They are encouraged to join the schools management committees, to participate in school activities and, where possible, to share particular talents or resources to which they may have access.

The school supports the principles of inclusiveness, equality of access and of participation in school life, with respect for diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, languages and ways of life in society, whilst working within the context of the Rules and Regulations of the Department of Education and science.

Rationale

The rationale of the enrolment policy is to provide a framework for the selection of applicants for places in the school. The Board of Management in making decisions regarding enrolment, is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools which provides for the enrolment of pupils from the age of four years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of six years.

Criteria for enrolment

Places will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Application for enrolment

The Board of Management in making decisions regarding enrolment is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools.

Junior Infants/New Applicants

  1. All children for Junior Infants are required to be a minimum of four years of age on or before the last day of June of their year of entry to Tullamore Educate Together N.S.
  2. Places will be offered in order of application; being 4 years before June 30th does not guarantee a place.
  3. Evidence of Date of Birth will be sought.
  4. All children must provide an original Birth Certificate or copy of Passport.
  5. Applications for enrolment in Tullamore Educate Together N.S. should be made before January 31st of the year in which entry is desired.
  6. New applicants for classes other than Junior Infants, if accepted, will be placed in an age appropriate class.
  7. Confirmation of acceptance must be received within 14 days of receiving an offer of a place.

 

(None of the above conditions guarantee a place)

 

Tullamore Educate Together N.S. does not accept enrolments after September 30th in the existing school year, except in cases of children who have moved into the catchment area (a waiting list is adhered to).It is at the discretion of the Board of Management, in exceptional circumstances, to allow a mid-year enrolment from children already  in a local school.

 

Application forms

 

Applications will be accepted only on the official pre-enrolment form.

A copy of the Enrolment Policy of T.E.T.N.S. will accompany the official pre-enrolment application form .Parents/Guardians are required to read and accept the conditions of the Enrolment policy and sign the form provided. These forms are available throughout the school year from the school secretary or can be downloaded from the school website. They should be returned to the school secretary. The pre-enrolment forms are numbered according to the date and time they are received. The closing date for the receipt of applications for Junior Infants is January 31st  of the year in which the child is to start school. An enrolment form is then sent out to the applicants. The completion of an enrolment form does not guarantee a place. Following Board approval places will be offered to the applicants. Confirmation of acceptance must be received within 14 days of receiving an offer of a place.

 

Note:  The enrolment form must be completed in full. It is important that Parents/Guardians provide all relevant information, including any reports, or details of medical conditions/special needs etc., on this form.

 

Failure to disclose relevant information about a child or in the event of false information being provided will negate any offer made by the school authorities to enrol that child. Parents/Guardians will be obliged to re-apply on a new pre-enrolment form and the Board of Management will then reconsider the application.

 

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with the school enrolment policy.

 

When considering applications for enrolment the Board of Management must take into account:

  1. The D.E.S. guidelines on class size: The Board of Management deems the school to be at maximum capacity when it reaches 28:1 multiplied by the number of class teachers in a given year.
  2. The space available and the possibility or otherwise, of providing additional space.
  3. Staffing provisions.
  4. Any other relevant requirements concerning physical space or the health or welfare of children: The Board of Management deems a maximum capacity of 32 children in any one classroom.
  5. The presence of children with special education needs/behavioural needs.
  6. The parameters of the school’s health and safety policy.

 

The Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each class, taking account of 1-6 above.

Pupils transferring from other schools    

Pupils transferring from other schools are enrolled subject to the rules governing National Schools and to:

  1. The Enrolment Policy of the school
  2. The school being satisfied with the reasons for the transfer( Information will be required from present/previous school concerning attendance, behaviour educational progress and disabilities/special needs.)
  3. The Board of Management considers the transfer to be in the best interests of the child.

Move Mid- Year

A child removed from the register of Tullamore ETNS in accordance with the terms of Rule 64, 2 (C) shall be re- enrolled at the request of his/her Parents/Guardians following his/her removal, subject only to there being a place available in the school.

Children with Special Needs

Tullamore ETNS is an ordinary mainstream school and is funded and equipped to function as such by the Department of Education and Science. It is the policy of Tullamore ETNS to request an up- to date:

  • Psychological Report and /or
  • Medical Report and /or
  • Speech and Language Report and/or
  • Occupational Therapist Report and /or
  • Other relevant report

on any child with Special Needs seeking a place in the school. These should be supplied with the application for enrolment. The Board of Management will consider each application based on the reports provided and the school’s ability to meet the needs of the child. Any consideration of an application will be deferred until relevant reports are provided. The Board also reserves the right to seek an independent opinion from a relevant professional in any matter, which it deems merits further clarification. It is expected that Parents/Guardians will co-operate with this requirement.

The Principal, in consultation with the Department of Education and Science and the B.O.M. will seek to put in place the resources necessary to meet the special needs of the child. Where this is not possible the Board of Management may recommend that the Parents/Guardians seek another school where the child’s needs can be better met.

As with all our children, progress of special needs children will be subject to regular review. Where it is deemed that:

 

  • A child is not benefiting from a place in Tullamore ETNS i.e his/her educational, emotional and behavioural needs are not being met due to the lack of specialised teaching resources, funding of facilities.

 

Or

(b)the presence of the child in a large class in Tullamore ETNS would  cause a situation  where educational needs of other children are not being fully met, then the Board of Management reserves the right to advise placement in a school better able to meet the child’s needs. The Board also reserves the right to reduce the length of the school day for a child who cannot cope or who exhibits challenging behaviour i.e. behaviour which prevents the child from accessing the curriculum or behaviour which prevents other children from accessing the curriculum or a child who is deemed to be a danger to himself/herself or others. The Principal Teacher or his/her representatives will meet Parents/Guardians of children with special needs prior to enrolment and will outline the facilities and resources available in the school to meet the needs of the child.

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate and support the School’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. The Board of Management considers Parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with the said policies in an age appropriate way. The Board of Management requires Parents/Guardians to sign and return an acceptance of the school’s Code of Behaviour.

Parents / Guardians whose child(ren) have been refused enrolment may appeal the decision under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, by accessing the website of the Department of Education and Science.

 

The Enrolment Policy is reviewed annually.