Enrolment Policy

St. John’s is a co-educational Catholic Primary School, which strives to provide a well ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed. While St. John’s is a school with a Catholic ethos, it also recognises all other religions.

At present St. John’s has 14 teachers on staff; 10 mainstream class teachers, 2 learning support teachers, 1 resource teacher and an administrative principal.

1. All applications for enrolment are subject to the approval of the Board of Management. Parents will be notified by letter by the B.O.M. if their application for enrolment was successful/unsuccessful.

2. Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in St. John’s N.S. are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application Form (available in school office) with an original Birth/Adoption Cert and Baptismal Cert (if applicable) by the first week of March each year.

3. The names of the children for whom Enrolment Application forms and Birth/Adoption certificates have been returned will be placed on a class waiting list.

4. Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school. No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, gender, traveller status, asylum seeker/refugee status, immigrant, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

5. While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of St. John’s N.S. is also responsible to respect 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 interest of all children. Assisting the school in such circumstances, the B.O.M. reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:
a) Size of/available space in each classroom
b) Education needs of children of a particular age
c) Multi-grade classes
d) Presence of children in a particular class with special education/behavioural needs
e) DES maximum class average directives (currently a maximum average of 29 children)

6. In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year (due to the B.O.M. being unable to provide suitable accommodation, or recruit the required teaching staff) the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:
a) Brothers and sisters (including step-siblings, resident at the same address) of children already enrolled.
b) Children living within the parish (in the case of parish schools) – priority to oldest.
c) Children whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on an OS map) if the child is normally resident outside the      parish/agreed catchment area.
d) In the event of being unable to enrol a child(ren) from categories a, b, or c, in a given class at the beginning of a Year, or mid-year, such children        will receive priority (in order of a, b, c) for the subsequent year over other children on the class waiting list.
e) Children of staff in the school.

7. Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing National Schools and subject to our own school’s enrolment policy and local agreements with other schools. Only pupils newly resident in the area are accepted during term time. Other pupils, transferring from another Primary school who have had their Enrolment Application accepted by the B.O.M. can only start class at the beginning of a quarter, i.e. 1st October, 1st January and 1st April.

8. The application of pupils with Special Needs will not be accepted by the B.O.M. until other educational and physical supports (i.e. Resource teaching hours, Special needs assistant support, modification to classrooms etc.) are sanctioned an put in place by the S.E.N.O. (Special Educational Needs Organiser) on behalf of the Department of Education.

9. 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 other policies on curriculum, organisation & management. The B.O.M. places Parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with the Department of Education’s rules for National School, a child may be suspended. These policies may be added to and revised from time-to-time.

10. Parents who wish to apply for a first time enrolment (incoming Junior Infants) will be invited to visit the school and apply for enrolment during the first two weeks of March each year. Successful applicants will be notified in writing after the next B.O.M. meeting an d the incoming Junior Infants will be invited to spend an afternoon in school in June to familiarise themselves with the school environment.