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Presentation Primary School
Fermoy

Enrolment Policy

Introduction:
The enrolment policy drawn up by the Board of Management is in accordance with the provision of the Education Act 1998. The Board of Management revised the policy in April 2011. The Board trusts that the policy will assist parents in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson, Fr. Hehir, and the Principal, Maria Kiely, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

School Ethos:
Our school strives to provide a well-structured, caring, happy and secure environment for the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils. Presentation Primary School will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community, to instil in the pupils respect for people and property and to encourage in them the ideal of being responsible. This can only be achieved when there is a high level of respect and co-operation between staff, parents and pupils.
In choosing to enrol your child in our school, we expect you are willing to accept the ethos of the school and the policies which are reviewed at regular intervals.

General Information:
Name and address of school:
‘Scoil Freastogail Mhuire’, Presentation Primary School,
College Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Phone Number: (025)31550
Email:
presentationfermoy@eircom.net
Website:
Presentation Primary School is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Cloyne.
It is a Junior and Senior School with boys and girls from Infants to First Class and girls only from second to sixth class. Within the school we have a special class for children presenting with autism. The special class also has a pre-school section.
Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children in our school. No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special education needs, disability, gender, traveller status, asylum-seeker/refugee status, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

The teaching staff consists of:
Principal Teacher 11 Class Teachers Learning support teacher(s) Resource Teacher(s) Language Support Teacher(s) Resource Teachers – Special Education Unit for children presenting with Autism.
A number of Special Needs Assistants are also employed in our school.

The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills. It operates within the regulations laid down by the Department. On all occasions the school management must have regard to the funding and resources available.
The programme of education offered is in accordance with the curricular programme prescribed by the Department of Education, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Section 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.


We declare that within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act, and the funding of resources available, the school supports the principles of:
Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other Special Education needs
Equality of access and participation in the school
Parental choice in relation to enrolment
Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, language and ways of life in society

Times of opening and closing
The school opens to receive pupils at 8.50 a.m. each day and closes at 2.30 p.m. All children should have left the premises by 2.40 p.m. unless they are remaining for an after school activity for which there must be parental permission.
The Board of Management cannot accept any responsibility for pupils arriving before the official opening time, or remaining on the school grounds after official closing time.

School Timetable
8.50 a.m. - 9.10 a.m. Assembly
9.10 a.m. - 9.50 a.m. Formal
9.50 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. Rolla
10.00 a.m. - 10.45 a.m. Formal
10.45 a.m. - 10.55 a.m. Sos
10.55 a.m. - 12 noon Formal
12 noon - 12.30 p.m. Religion
12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Lon
1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Formal
Rang I – Rang VI
1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. Formal

Information Booklet
A school information booklet is available from the school office.
Procedure for Enrolment
Parents seeking to enrol their children in Presentation Primary School are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application Form during the months of February and March each year. Forms are available in the school office. It is essential that the application form be completed in its entirety providing the required information e.g. contact phone numbers, mobile numbers and work numbers so that parents may be contacted in the event of illness or other emergency. The application will not be treated as being complete until such time as all requested information has been received.
An annual Open Day/Evening for prospective parents is usually held during the 2/3 term.
New Junior Infants spend one informal period in school at the end of May or June, to become familiar with their new environment.
In accordance with the Department of Education Rules for National Schools, pupils may only be enrolled from age four and upwards.
Children will be enrolled at the beginning of the school year following their fourth birthday. They are required to complete two years in Infant Classes.
In general the Board of Management will not accept new enrolments into Junior Infant classes after September 30.

Pupils Transferring
Pupils transferring from other schools will be enrolled subject to school policy and available space.
Children transferring from other National/Primary schools within the state will be admitted into the appropriate classes. A school report and attendance records will be required from previous schools.
Children transferring from schools outside of the state in general will be enrolled into age appropriate classes.


Code of Behaviour/School Policies
It is expected that children who join the school will respect and adhere to the policies of the school. These policies are available from the school office and on the school website www.presfermoy.org.
It is the responsibility of parents to read all policy documents. It is essential that the form of acceptance/support be returned to the school by a designated date.
The Board of Management expects parents/guardians to be responsible for ensuring that their child/children co-operate with these policies in an age appropriate way.
Policies may be reviewed and updated from time to time.

Decision Making
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolments are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy. Parents will receive confirmation of enrolment within 21 days of submission of application.
Having regard for the school enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.
While recognising the rights of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Presentation Primary School respects the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled. This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the principles of natural justice and acting in the best interests of all children.
The Board of Management will always have regard for the Department of Education and Skills guidelines in relation to class size, staffing provision, accommodation available and the health and welfare of the children.

Criteria for Selection
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:
Brothers, sisters and step siblings of children already enrolled – priority to oldest
Children living within the parish – priority to oldest
Children of current school staff including ancillary staff – priority to oldest
Children whose home address is closest to the school, if the child is normally resident outside the parish – priority to oldest


Enrolment of children with special needs

Parents of children with special needs must meet with the School Principal to discuss requirements and the suitability of the school for the child and its capacity to meet the child’s needs.

The Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical, psychological or other relevant reports.

Where reports are not available the Board of Management will request immediate assessment, so as to assist the school in establishing the Educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or specific needs and to profile the support services required.

Where the Board of Management deems additional resources are required, it will immediately request the Department of Education and Skills to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report. These resources may include visiting teacher services, resource teaching hours, a special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture and on occasion transport services.


Enrolment of children into Autistic Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D.) Special Class

See Enrolment Policy for A.S.D. Classes.


Refusal to enrol on grounds of ‘Exceptional Circumstances’

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse enrolment in
exceptional circumstances e.g.
The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from DES, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education
In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff and/or school property.

Right of appeal
Under section 29 of the Education Act 1998 parents have the right of appeal against the decision to refuse enrolment. Parents/guardians will be informed of their right to appeal by the Principal of the school or the Chairperson of the Board of Management. The Board of Management will prepare a response if and when an appeal is being investigated by the Department of Education.

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