Enrolment Admissions

Junior Infant Enrolments

Every school is now mandated to only accept an enrolment application for a pupil for a fixed period in the year prior to them beginning school. This means that if you wish for your child to join us in Junior Infants from Sept 2021, you may submit an application for him/her from 1st Feb. 2021.

Our online applications for enrolment will go live on the the 1st of February 2021.
For further information, please email Salesian Primary School at info@salesianprimary.ie

Introduction.


This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.


The policy was approved by the school patron on 19th May 2020. It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.


The relevant dates and timelines for Salesian Primary School admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

The Salesian Primary School is a Catholic School in the Salesian Tradition. Salesian Primary School is a Catholic, Co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos, under the patronage of Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick Diocese. It caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants to First Class and for girls only from Second Class to Sixth Class. We belong to the vast network of Salesian School spanning the globe and originally founded by St. John Bosco for the education of young people.

“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:

  1. The full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupils, a living relationship with God and with other people; and
  2. Including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and 
  3. A philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and
  4. The formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith; 

and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/ or such ethos and/ or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference. 

In accordance with S. 15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of Salesian Primary School shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school. 

Mission Statement:

“As a Salesian school inspired by our ethos, we provide an education that is person centred, inclusive, holistic and proactive, which responds to the needs and challenges of our pupils in today’s world”

 

Motto:

Cairdeas, Creideamh agus Foghlaim”


Salesian Primary School will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:


  1. the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  2. the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  3. the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  4. the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  5. the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  6. the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  7. the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  8. the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or 
  9. the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’, ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

Salesian Primary School is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.


Note for Parents: the inclusion of the above wording was mandated by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018.

Salesian Primary School is a mainstream school. It does not have a Special Class or ASD Class. Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are catered for by their mainstream class teacher with the support of the Special Education Team. 

        Salesian Primary School will endeavour to have suitable provisions in place when a student enters the school and throughout their attendance at the school. To help the school ensure this is achieved, it will be recommended that parents:

  • Inform the school that special provision may be required. This will allow the school to begin what, at times, can be a lengthy process in negotiating with the NCSE and DES to secure necessary resources. 
  • Provide up-to-date psychological/ medical reports, as appropriate. This is essential in order to support applications for resources and to enable a decision to be made.

The Board of Management will provide pupils with Special Educational Needs with additional educational and/ or care support in accordance with the level of resources provided by the DES and NCSE and guidelines in relation to the deployment of these resources. 

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –


  1. the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)

  1. a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student

Salesian Primary School is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.


Note for Parents: the inclusion of the above wording was mandated by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018.

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice: 


  • Siblings (including step-sibling living at the same address) of children currently enrolled  
  • Children living within the parish;  
  • Children of current school staff;  
  • Children whose home address is closest to the school, if the child is normally resident outside the parish.

 

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

  • Priority to eldest in accordance with the above criteria

In accordance with section 62(7) (e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

  1. a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí, 
  2. the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school; 
  3. a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;
  4. the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;
  5. a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission; 
  6. a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school; other than siblings of pupils currently enrolled.
  7. the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school, 

This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned.

All decisions on applications for admission to Salesian Primary School will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy
  • The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)
  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and section 15  below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)


Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice. 


If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.  


Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Salesian primary School where—

  1. it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
  2. an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
  3. the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
  4. an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Salesian Primary School were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.


Placement on the waiting list of Salesian Primary School is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.  


Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of the application.


Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act. 


Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application.  Late applicants will be offered a place if there is a place available.  In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13.

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students to classes or years other than the school’s intake group of Junior Infants are outlined below.


Provision of a place in Salesian Primary School to other years and during the school year is conditional based on the following:


  • The Department requirements for the transfer of a pupil from one primary school to another are fully complied with
  • The requirements of the Education Welfare Act 2000 are fully complied with
  • There is a vacancy in the school
  •  A completed Application Form for Admission (available from the school website: https://salesianprimary.ie/parents/enrolment-admissions or requested through the School Office)

Upon Registration, the following documentation must be provided to the school:

  • An original Birth Certificate (will be copied and returned)
  • Baptisimal Certificate (if applicable, for Sacramental purposes)
  • A recent, original utility bill as proof of address (dates previous 3 months)
  • Any other relevant reports (Medical/ Psychological, etc)
  • A recent school report
  • Information/documentation on any special educational or behavioural needs must be provided as part of supporting documentation by parents at the time of registration for a place in Salesian Primary School.


Places will be offered based on the following conditions:

  • Criteria as outlined on the policy has been met
  • Class numbers
  • Available space in classrooms

Junior Infants, with the exception of students transferring from another school, may only be admitted to the school prior to 31st September.

The Board of Management of Salesian Primary School or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

  1. an application for admission of a student to the school, or
  2. the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

Our school is of a Catholic ethos and, in keeping with that ethos, children of all or no other faith are welcome to apply to this school.

We respect the decision of parents to withdraw their child/children from taking part in the religious education curriculum, religious ceremonies, school Masses, etc.

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parent(s)/guardian(s) have requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction (etc.) in the school. These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such students:


  1.  A written request should be made to the Principal of the school. 
  2. Students will be accommodated in their own classroom and they will be given alternative work to complete by their class teacher during religious instruction.
  3. Supervision will be provided by a teacher during Religious Ceremonies and School Masses. 

Review of decisions by the Board of Management

The parents/guardians of the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.    

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the Board of Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.   



Right of appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parents/guardians of the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission.  

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.    

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.




The policy was ratified by the Board of Management of Salesian Primary School on Date.


The contents of this policy have been approved by St. Senan’s Education Office, acting on behalf of the Patron.




Signed: __________________________________ Chairperson, Board of Management

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