Dromore N.S. Enrolment Policy 2003-2019
Latest Revision December 2018
This policy was formulated by the whole school staff in conjunction with the Board of Management.
Dromore National School endeavours to create an enriched, secure, happy educational environment where individual needs are met and from which our children will emerge as confident, competent and capable individuals. Throughout their school years our children will develop the skills of tolerance, self-discipline, respect for themselves and others, thus becoming creative, knowledgeable and respectable members of our society.
This policy was formulated as a priority area identified by staff and others, to provide information and to ensure transparency for the whole school community.
Characteristic Spirit of the School
Our school cherishes all pupils equally and, to aid them in achieving their true potential, we hope to promote a harmonious environment, nurturing the child’s potential and developing co-operation between staff, parents and pupils.
To provide relevant information for parents wishing to enrol their children in Dromore N.S.
To ensure that there is transparency in our Enrolment Policy.
To ensure that Dromore N.S. complies fully with the Education Act 1998
Section A. General Information
This enrolment policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr. P. Arkinson, Parochial House, Sessiaghoneill Ballybofey, Co. Donegal and the principal teacher, Ms. Mary Mc Granaghan, Dromore N.S. Killygordon, Co. Donegal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.
School Name: Dromore N.S.
School Address: Crossroads, Killygordon, Co. Donegal
Telephone No.: 074 9149455
Dromore N.S. is a Catholic, Primary, Co - Educational school, with the full range of classes under the patronage of the Bishop of Derry.
Name of Patron: Bishop Donal McKeown
The permanent full-time teaching staff, as of 2018-2019 consists of an Administrative Principal, administrative Deputy principal , thirteen Assistant Teachers, six Special Educational Teachers. There are currently twenty one Special needs assistants.
Range of Classes Taught
Dromore N.S. is a mixed school which provides tuition for pupils in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth class and five Special classes.
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, from time to time, by the Department.
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 (1998), and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of:
inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a 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.
Junior and Senior infants : 9.20am-2.00pm
First to sixth classes : 9.20am-3.00pm
Section B. Enrolment Procedures
Equality of access is the key value determining this policy.
While recognising the right of parents to enrol their children in the school of their choice, the BOM is also responsible for the education of the existing school community. This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the principles of natural justice and acting in the best interests of all the children. The BOM reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:
Size of classroom;
Available space in classroom;
Educational needs of children of a particular age;
DES maximum class average directive (currently 29 children)
Parents/guardians wishing to enrol pupils in Junior Infants will be invited to attend an enrolment day. The enrolment process normally takes place during second term. A notice of an open day for parents and new pupils is placed in the parish bulletin and local press.
This gives parent(s)/guardian(s) an opportunity to discuss any queries they might have about the school and its procedures and also share any relevant details about their child with the class teachers and Principal.
Parents are given an information pack on a range of topics including:
General information about the school
Advice on preparing the child for school
Acceptable User Policy
Eating and other health issues
Colouring book for the child
The Enrolment Application Form is given out with a copy of the Prospectus/School Booklet. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may complete the form on the day or return the completed Form with an original Birth/*Baptismal Certificate to the school. The certificate/s will be photocopied and returned and the form will be kept on file. Basic Information such as DOB, address etc are entered on a computer database. No sensitive or confidential information is recorded in this form.
Provision of Key Information by Parents
The following information will be required when children are being enrolled.
Pupil’s name, age and address;
Names and addresses of pupil’s parents/guardians;
Contact telephone numbers;
Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency;
Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of;
Previous preschool/schools attended, if applicable.
Any other relevant information (including any such further information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act (2000) or Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (2004).
Parents will sign that the Dromore N.S. Code of Behaviour is acceptable to them and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code, by their child.
Admission to Junior Infants normally takes place on the first day of the academic year. Any child who has not reached his or her fourth birthday cannot be enrolled at any time.
The Board of Management of Dromore N.S. will make a decision in respect of an application within 21 days of receipt of such application. Where the school reasonably requires further information, the application will not be treated as being complete until such time as all relevant information has been received.
Current enrolment form See appendix 1
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of Dromore N.S. in accordance with school policy.
As a general principle and in so far as practical having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available. (See note below on Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004)
The Board will have regard for relevant Department of Education and 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 children.
The Board is bound by the Department of Education and 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 that applications for enrolment exceed/is expected to exceed the number of places available the following decision making process will apply. The Board will exercise its discretion in the application of the following criteria. The criteria will include following and in that order:
Pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy, available space and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Science.
It is a requirement of the Board of Management that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress be communicated between schools. (Section 28, Education Welfare Act 2000)
Overage retention is granted only at the discretion of the Board of Management. (See circular (32/03).
Any child must have availed of a second level service pertaining to their autism diagnosis. A written recommendation by NEPS for overage retention by February 1st of the academic year of request. This will ensure that educational provision is equal at the point of entry.
Code of Behaviour
Dromore Code of Behaviour See Appendix 2
Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
Children with special needs enrolling in Dromore N.S. will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management.
The Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or request that the child be assessed immediately in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to profile the support services required. The Board of Management will endeavour to have all resources and support in place before the child is admitted to the school. This may include resource teacher, special needs assistants etc., specialised equipment or furniture, transport services etc.
The school will meet with the parents of the special needs child to discuss the school’s suitability for the child. If necessary a full case conference may be called including parents, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher and psychologist or social workers as appropriate.
It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a child pending assessment report and/or provision of resources by the Department of Education and Science to meet the needs specified in the Psychological and/or medical report.
Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are unsatisfied with the level of educational provision in our school are advised to consider a special school, which is designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.
Centre for Autism
Only children who fulfil specific criteria laid down by the Department of Education and Science and H.S.E. are offered places in the Autism Class.
The success of the Enrolment Policy will be judged under the following:
This policy was initially implemented in 2003 and most recently reviewed in December 2018.
The policy will be reviewed in December 2019
Ms. Catriona Brennan will be responsible for reviewing this policy.
Date: December 2018