Scoil an Chlochair
Convent Primary School
Downloadable File: Enrolment Policy
The Enrolment Policy of the Convent Primary School has been formulated in accordance with the provisions of the Education, Act 1998, in order to assist parents/guardians in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management or the Principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.
The Convent Primary School promotes Gospel values in a Christian learning community, where children can grow in knowledge and understanding and in the acquisition of skills, attitudes and values.
We are fully committed to offering excellence in education by:
- promoting the highest possible achievement for our pupils;
- encouraging children to grow within the Catholic faith;
- establishing the foundations for lifelong learning;
- welcoming input from parents/guardians to complement the skills and experience of our professional teaching staff;
- ensuring that our school is central to the parish, reaching our to embrace the wider community;
- uniting all staff; parents/guardians and Board of Management in our aim to be a leading school in the Diocese of Cloyne.
Our aim is that all children should leave our school with the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy, an enthusiasm for learning, a thirst for knowledge, an appreciation of their religion and the world in which they live and, above all, many happy memories.
Convent Primary School.
Bathview, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Chairperson of the Board of Management:
Staffing and Organisation:
The school is organised into 12 classes consisting of single and combined classes, all being single sex classes for girls.
The school has four classes for children with special needs open to boys and girls, including one Early Intervention/Junior class for Autism.
- The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science.
- It operates within the regulations laid down by the Department.
- Implementation of the school policy must have regard to the resources and funding available.
- 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 Sections 9 and 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, the Religious and Educational
Philosophy of the Sisters of Mercy and the funding and resources available, the school
Supports the principles of :
inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolement of children with a
disability or other special educational need;
- equality of access and participation in the school;
- parental choice in relation to enrolment;
- respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.
The school opens to receive children at 8:45 a.m.
Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. finish at 2:40 p.m.
The school accepts no responsibility for pupils outside of these times
- An annual Open Afternoon is held in May/June and/or Global Citizenship Day.
- Parent/Teacher meetings are held annually, usually in November.
- Meetings are held in connection with preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
- Parents/guardians are welcome at any time (by appointment) to discuss their child’s progress.
- A thriving Parents’ Association is now well established in the school. All parents/guardians are encouraged to become members.
- The school uniform is worn daily. It comprises of a navy pinafore, white blouse, blue tie and navy cardigan. A tracksuit and runners are worn for P.E. In the interests of Health and Safety flat shoes are compulsory.
- When a pupil is absent the class teacher should receive a written explanation on the pupil’s return to school.
- Accidents occur despite supervision. Minor accidents are treated at school. In the event of a more serious accident/ child becoming ill, every possible effort will be made to contact the pupils’ parents/guardians or the persons delegated to take responsibility for the pupil. If this is not possible, or in the case of an emergency, the school presumes parents’/guardians permission to have the injury treated in the casualty unit of the hospital.
- Enrolment Procedures
* New pupils normally register during the Third Term in April/May.
An enrolment application form is available on request from the school.
* Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy.
As a general principle and in so far as is practicable having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.
* Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area)
* Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing National Schools, as well as our own schools enrolment policy.
Under the terms of The Education Welfare Act (2000) information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress are to be provided by the school from which the child is transferring. Information on pupils will be inputted by the school on the Primary Online database (POD) system as per Department of Education guidelines.
Enrolment of Children with Special Needs:
- The Board of Management welcomes pupils with special education needs and shall do all it possibly can to identify, plan and provide for the needs of a special needs or disabled child seeking admission to the school.
- In relation to applications for enrolment of children with special needs, the Board of Management may
- Request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report.
- Where such a report is not available request that the child be assessed immediately.
- Such a report is necessary in assisting the school to establish the educational and training needs of the child, relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required.
- On receipt of the report, the Board shall assess how the school can meet the needs specified.
- The school shall meet with the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting these needs. Where necessary a full case conference shall be arranged.
- If the Board of Management deems further resources necessary, it shall, prior to enrolment, request the DES to provide same.
- It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a child pending
- the receipt of an assessment report and/or
- the provision of appropriate resources by the DES to meet the needs specified in the report.
Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. The Board of Management places Parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with all policies in an age-appropriate way.
Reviewed by Staff in January 2010.
Discussed and ratified by Board of Management on 25th May, 2010
Signed: Fr. G. Casey
Date: 13th May 2014
Chairperson, Board of Management