This school Boher N.S. serves the people of the Catholic parish of Ballymore/Boher. It is a parish based school. It is a Catholic school that has been established with the Minister of Education and Science having as its patron Most Reverend Michael Smith, the Bishop of Meath. It aims at promoting the full harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil – intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Catholic school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Catholic Church and promotes the formation of pupils in the Catholic faith.
The Board of Management hereby sets out its policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and trusts that by doing so parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters.
In summary Section 15, subsection 2 of the Education Act 1998, states that ‘a Board shall….publish in such a manner as the Board, with the agreement of the Patron, considers appropriate the policy of the school relating to expulsion and suspension of students’.
The Board shall publish its policy on the admission and participation by students with disabilities or other special education needs taking into account recent directives in this area, e.g. inclusion of Autism Unit in new larger schools.
All Boards of Management must have a safeguarding children policy, reflecting the guidelines laid down by the Department of Education and Science.
1) Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Boher N.S are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application Form (available in the school) with the original Birth / Adoption Certificate to the school. A certificate Baptism should also be provided where the child has been baptised.
2) The names of children for whom Enrolment Application forms and Birth / Adoption Certificates have been returned, will be placed on a class waiting list. Under the Rules of the Department of Education and Science pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upward.
3) 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 (except for schools with a single sex tradition), traveller status, asylum – seeker / refugee status, religious or political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.
4) While recognising the right of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Boher 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 principals of natural justice and acting in the best interest of all children. Assisting the school in such circumstances, the Board of Management, with due regard for the Patron’s wishes, reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind
- Size of / available space in classrooms
- Available of grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science.
- Educational needs of children of a particular age.
- Multi- grade classes
- Presence of children with special educational/ behavioural needs
- Department of Education and Science maximum class average directives.
5) 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 Board of Management being unable to provide suitable accommodation, or recruit the required teaching staff) the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment
- Catholic children of the parish (including children of Travelling Community resident within parish)
- Brothers and sisters of children in the school.
- Children of current permanent staff, including ancillary staff
- Catholic children who live outside the parish and do not have a Catholic school in their parish.
- All children who live within the parish boundaries, but are not catholic, applying for a placement are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the groups from (1) to(111) have been allocated places.
- All children who apply to the school and are not Catholics and not residents within the parish boundaries are entitled to a place in the school if there are vacancies in the school after the groups from (1) to (1V) have been allocated places.
- In order to accommodate groups (1) and (11) Boards may have to operate a cut off in age of applicants to give places to groups (1) and (11) if there is pressure for places in the school. Schools within a parish co – operate with one another in this area taking into account the wider needs of the parish community and its apostolic mission
6) New Junior Infants may spend one informal period in school at the end of June to familiarise themselves with their new environment.
7) Only pupils newly resident in the area may be enrolled during the school year.
8) Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing National Schools, as well as our own school’s enrolment policy and local agreements with other schools. 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.
9) Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management. Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are dissatisfied 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.
10) 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 polices in an age – appropriate way. A copy of our Information Booklet shall accompany our Enrolment Form. In accordance with the Department of Education and Science’s rules for National Schools, a child may be suspended. These policies may be added to and revised from time- to time.