Scoil Naomh Fionán na Reanna Admissions Policy

Scoil Naomh Fionán na Reanna Admissions Policy

Section A: Introductory Statement.

This policy on enrolment is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. The Board of Management trusts that by doing so parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. Furthermore, the Chairperson of the Boardof Management,and the principal teacher, Nóirín O’ Connor, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy. The policy was drawn up in the school year, following consultation with the other national school in the parish, Knocknamanagh National School, and the Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Fionán na Reanna based on guidelines available at this time.

General Statement.
School Name:Scoil Naomh Fionán na Reanna
Address:Nohoval, Co. Cork
Phone Number:021 4887415
Denomination characterRoman Catholic

This school is a catholic school, under the patronage of the Bishop of Cork and Ross, Most Reverend John Buckley.


A Roman Catholic School (which is established in connection with the Minister) aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic school provides Religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.

  • The school currently employs an administrative principal, five classroom teachers, two ASD class teachers, two full time and one shared SEN teachers, who cater for the needs of children with special needs. 7.5 Special Needs Assistants are also working with children with special educational needs. It is a co-educational school and children are taught in a multi-class situation.
  • Opening closing times:
    • 9.20am – 2.00pm for Infants
    • 9.20am – 3.00pm for 1st – 6th Classes
  • Scoil Naomh Fionán operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants. Staff is resourced by the Department of Education and Science. The school is subject to the Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act(2004). The Equal Status Act and all other relevant legislation. As part of the terms of the Education Welfare Act (2000), principals will, when necessary, pass on relevant information regarding a pupil’s attendance and/or other matters relating to a child’s educational progress as he/she considers appropriate. Parents will be informed prior to the passing on of such information. School policy must have regard to the resources and funding available.
  • This school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Section 9 and 30 of the Education Act, 1998.
  • As part of the enrolment process parents will be furnished with a copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour and asked to sign the enrolment form agreeing to support the school regarding its Code of Behaviour. 
  • 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 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 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.  
Section B: Procedures
  1. Application procedure:
    • In the first instance, parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Naomh Fionán na Reanna are requested to return a completed Enrolment Request Form (available in the school office, during school opening hours or the school website). This, in itself, does not guarantee a place in the school. On making this initial contact with the school, parents will also be given a copy of the school’s Admissions Policy.
    • In the year of proposed enrolment, the Board of Management will examine projected enrolments in January and should the Board feel they may be in a position where they have to refuse enrolment, based on the projections at that time, parents of children on the enrolment list will be made aware of the possibility of this situation in January.  
    • In the year of proposed enrolment, the school will hold an ‘Enrolment Evening’ which will normally take place before the end of February. The Board will notify parents/guardians of same through appropriate channels e.g. local advertising, newsletter, home/school note. All families who have previously submitted Enrolment Request Forms for the relevant school year will be invited to attend the ‘Enrolment Evening’  
    • Completed Enrolment Forms with, if not previously submitted, an original Birth/Adoption Certificate, Baptismal Certificate (if appropriate) and any other documentation including assessment reports (if applicable) will be completed on this evening.  
  2. Decision Making:
    • The Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy makes decisions in relation to applications for enrolment. The board, in accordance with provisions made under the Education Welfare Act 2000, will notify parents of their decision within 21 days of the closing date for receipt of completed enrolment forms.
    • 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 that there is space available. Junior Infants are enrolled in September provided the child has reached his / her 4th birthday. Normally, Junior Infants will not be enrolled during the year unless transferring from another school. This is for education reasons as the curriculum is progressive and it is necessary for the child to complete a full year. Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management. In making decisions regarding enrolment the guidelines in relation to class size, staffing guidelines, and/or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, such as physical space or the health and welfare of children and special needs provision. The board is also bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools, children are enrolled from the age of four years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of six years.
    • In the event that application for enrolment exceeds/is expected to exceed thenumber of places available, the following decision-making policy shall apply:
      Criteria for decision making shall include the following in this order:  
      1. siblings (including step-siblings, resident at the same address) of children already attending the school – first come first served
      2. children within parish boundaries – first come first served 
      3. children of staff members – first come first served 
      4. children outside the parish whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on OS map) first come first served.
Criteria for decision making shall include the following in this order:  
  1. siblings (including step-siblings, resident at the same address) of children already attending the school – first come first served
  2. children within parish boundaries – first come first served 
  3. children of staff members – first come first served 
  4. children outside the parish whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on OS map) first come first served  
In the event that there are more applicants within any category than there are available places, priority will be given to children within the particular category in order of age, starting with the eldest. In the event of being unable to enrol a child(ren) from categories 1 -4 in a given class at the beginning of a year, or mid-year, such children will receive priority within their category (in order of 1 – 4) for the subsequent school year over other children in that category on the class waiting list. 
3. Admission Day/ Date:
    • Junior Infants are normally enrolled in September each year. Other pupils are enrolled during the school year, if newly resident in the area

4. Enrolment of children with special needs:

    • In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, it is open to the Board of Management, to request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report, or where such a report is not available, to 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 should assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Science to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological 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 to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. If 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 Education Needs Organiser (SENO) and/or psychologist, as appropriate.  

5. Pupils transferring:

    • 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. As per The Education Welfare Act (2000) schools will be required to provide information concerning attendance and pupil’s educational progress.

Section C: Code of Behaviour

  • Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School/Board of Management’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 said policies in an age-appropriate way. In accordance with the Department of Education’s rules for National Schools, a child may be suspended. A copy of the Code of Behaviour will be furnished to parents on enrolling their child in Scoil Naomh Fionán. This policy may be added to and revised from time to time.

Section D: Appeals Procedure

  • In line with Section 28 of the Education Act 1998, parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management. This appeal must be addressed, in writing to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal. Parents, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. An appeal form will be issued by the school to the parents/guardians. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of the refusal from the school to enrol.

Signed Canon George Murphy, Chairperson        Date 19/11/2018

A separate policy is in place for enrolment in the ASD Unit of Scoil Naomh Fionán