Policy on Enrolment
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St. John of God Primary School, The Faythe, Wexford, Y35 YT38, Ireland. ~ 053-9123105. H.S.C.L. 087-9657964
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Thursday, 13th December 2018

How to Enrol

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Parents / guardians wishing to enrol their child in the Faythe School are invited to fill out, and return, an Application for Enrolment Form to the school, before the end of the first Friday in November of each year.

Click here for an Application for Enrolment Form

 The Application for Enrolment Form is four pages in length. Pages 3 & 4 are taken from the Belfield Infant Assessment Profile (B.I.A.P) which is administered to every child towards the end of Junior Infants. The BIAP enables early identification of possible learning difficulties while allowing staff compile accurate pupil and class profiles, and develop detailed development plans.

While appearing lengthy, collecting this information at the time of Enrolment means that information needed to complete the BIAPS does not have to be collected twice.

St. John of God Primary School Enrolment Policy

The Board of St. John of God School hereby detail the Enrolment Policy pertaining in the school as of May 2011. This is in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. 

St. John of God Convent School is a Catholic Primary School under the patronage of the Bishop of Ferns. It was established in 1875 and its trustees are the Sisters of St. John of God. 

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At present Staff is comprised of the Principal,  the Home School Community Liaison Teacher, Learning Support Teachers and Mainstream Class teachers, SNAs, secretary, cleaner and cleaner / caretaker.

  • All classes from Junior Infants to Sixth are taught in mixed groupings of boys and girls up to and including Third Class. Fourth to Sixth Classes are single sex, girls only.
  • Boys will have the option of staying up to 6th Class from September 2014.
  • While every effort is made to keep classes in single grade settings, on occasion there are multi-grade classes in the Faythe School. The formation of multi-grade classes is at the sole discretion of the teaching staff.
  • The school operates under the direction of the Department of Education & Science (D.E.S.) from which grants and resources are received annually.

The school curriculum followed is the Revised Curriculum for Primary Schools (1999) produced by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in conjunction with D.E.S. This curriculum may be amended from time to time in accordance with sections 9 & 30 of the Education Act (1998).

Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act (1998), and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principals of:

  •  inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with disability or other special educational need;
  • equality of access and participation in the school:
  • parental choice in relation to enrolment; and
  • respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

 Enrolment Procedures

Application Procedures

  1. Parents / Guardians seeking to enrol their child / children in St. John of God School are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application form (available in the Office) with copies of both a Baptismal (if applicable) and a Birth Certificate to the School.
  2. In line with the Common Enrolment Procedure for Primary Schools in Wexford Parish, applications for Junior Infants class must be made by the first Friday of November for proposed year of entry. Infants must be 4 years of age on or before 30th Sept., Infants must be 4 years of age on or before 30th September of the year of their enrolment.

Decision Making

As a general principle and in so far as practicable having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided there is space available.

The Board will have regard for relevant Department of Education & Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and / or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, including physical space and the health and welfare of the children.

The Board is bound by the Department of Education & Science’s Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.

In the event of applications for enrolment exceeding the number of places available, the following decision-making process will apply:

  1. Children living in the parish and sisters and brothers of pupils in the school;
  2. Children living outside the parish who do not have a Catholic school in their own parish;
  3. Other children living in the parish;
  4. Children of current staff, including ancillary staff;
  5. Other children living outside the parish;

 If the applications within categories exceed the number of places available, older children will have precedence.

 The Board of Management reserves the right to amend any aspect of the above as may be deemed necessary.

  •  Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year if for example they are newly resident in the area. Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the rules governing National Schools. A letter of transfer from previous school must be provided if transferring during the school year.
  • In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs the B.O.M. will request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, will request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required. Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the Special Education Needs Organiser (NCSE see Circular 01/05) to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and / or medical report. These resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following; visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other. The school will meet with the parents of the child and with the SENO to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs, Special Educational Needs Organiser or psychologist, as appropriate.
  • Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School’s policies on Code of Behaviour, Organisation and Management. The Board places responsibility with Parents / Guardians co-operate with said policies in an age appropriate way.

 Right of Appeal

In accordance with the Education Act (1998), a right of appeal against a decision not to enrol a child is provided for disappointed applicants: Appeals should be presented in writing to the Chairperson of the Board of Management , within a reasonable time (normally two weeks) of the decision being made.

This policy was amended and approved by the Board of Management. Signed: Rev. Brian Whelan, Chairperson B.O.M.

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