Admission/Enrolment Policy

Please contact the school by phone or email if you wish to apply for a place for your child.  There are 3 steps to follow.  An “Intention to Apply” form is the first step in the process.  This is followed by an “Application Form” and finally a “Registration Form” is filled out by parents granting consent for various activities and classes.  Should you require further information on any of these forms, please contact Ms. Susan Dennehy for clarification.

Wandesforde National School, Castlecomer

Enrolment Policy

Introduction

The Board of Management of Wandesforde National School herby sets out its Enrolment and Admission Policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and the Board trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management or the principal will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy.

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school.

General School Information

 

Wandesforde National School,

Castlecomer,

Co.Kilkenny

 

Telephone No: 056 4441517                email: info@wandesforde.ie

 

Wandesforde National School is a Church of Ireland school under the Patronage of the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory. The teaching staff is comprised of 3 mainstream class teachers including the principal, one part-time resource teacher, one shared learning support teacher (shared with Firoda National School, Castlecomer) and one full time SNA. The full range of classes is taught i.e. Junior Infants to 6th class, in a multi grade situation and on a co-educational basis.

The school follows the curricular programme prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Section 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, and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Equality of access
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment
  • Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

 

The School Day:

Children assemble in the school at 9.05 am and official teaching commences at 9.25 a.m. and finishes at 2.45 p.m. The infants finish at 1.45 pm. The school accepts no responsibility for children outside these times.

 Stage 1: Notification of Intention to Apply

Those intending to apply for enrolment in the Wandesforde National School should contact the school and request a copy of the Notification of Intention to Apply Form.  [Appendix 1] Receipt of this form will be acknowledged in writing by the school Principal. If the intention is to enrol a child in less than 21 days, then an Application Form may be requested, but noting what follows.

 Stage 2: Application Form

Those who have returned a Notification of Intention to Apply Form will be sent an Application Form [Appendix 2]

All applications for places in the school shall be submitted on the Application Form to the school Principal. An Ethos Statement and The Enrolment Admissions Policy will be furnished to each applicant with the Application Form at the appropriate time, in advance of the designated day (The Meeting of the Board of Management in December) for consideration of applications for the following year.

The closing date for the return of such completed Application Forms is 3pm on the last working day in the month of November prior to the year of enrolment in the school.

Stage 3: Enrolment Decision

Only those forms that have been completed in full and accompanied by relevant supporting documentation [ Letter from relevant Church leader may be required] will be considered by the Board of Management.

Completion of the Form does not guarantee a place at the school.

Early completion of the Form is not a factor in the allocation of places at the school.

All applicants for Junior Infants must have reached their 4th birthday by 1st September in the year of admission.

The Board of Management will consider all applications and issue decisions within 21 days of the closing date for return of complete Application Forms.

The Board of Management will, in the light of Sections 6(e), 9(m) and 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, give consideration to the following:

  • The number of places available in the school which in turn involves, but is not limited to the number of pupils expected to leave the school, the size of all classrooms, the deployment of teachers and the resources of the school
  • The religious denomination of the child
  • The place of residence of the child

Siblings of pupils already in the school are not automatically entitled to a place. When oversubscription occurs in any particular category, priority within such category will be given to the siblings of pupils already enrolled in the school who belong in that category only.

Catchment is defined by parish boundaries and access to the school transport scheme.

Waiting lists do not carry forward to subsequent years where a child has not been allocated a place.

The Board of Management may seek further clarification from applicants before making a decision.

All applicants will be informed, in writing, of the Board’s decision within a specified time period (namely 21 days).

A subsequent review of a decision by the Board may be requested, generally on the grounds only of additional information not previously submitted at the time of application.

Unsuccessful applicants may also appeal the decision of the Board under Section 29 (1)(C) of the Education Act 1998.

Wandesforde National School is a Church of Ireland School. Priority for places is therefore given in the following order:

  1. Church of Ireland children from the parishes of Castlecomer, The Colliery, Bilboa, Mothel and Church of Ireland parishioners of places where children cannot locally access a Church of Ireland School, including the parishes of Castletown / Mayo and the part of Leighlin Group within the catchment area for its school.
  2. Children who are members of Protestant Reformed or Orthodox Churches and are living within the parishes listed in (1) above. Letter of Church Leader will be required
  3. Children of Inter Church families living within the Parishes named above, whose parents express a wish to have their child educated specifically within a Church of Ireland ethos
  4. Children who are members of churches which are involved in the Irish Inter-Church Meeting i.e. Roman Catholic Church and children of other Christian denominations
  5. Children of other faiths or no faith.

 Where oversubscription occurs in any category above, siblings within such category will be given priority, but, in any event, places in this category will be allocated using a lottery system –i.e open draw and this will be overseen by the Principal and Chairperson .

Those children in this category that are not successful in achieving a place will have their names placed on a waiting list in the order in which such names were drawn. Applicants will be informed of their place on the waiting list as it applies in their particular category.

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse admission where there is good and sufficient reason for doing so. Applicants retain the right to appeal such a decision.

If admission is refused, applicants may appeal in writing to the Board of Management (within 14 days of receipt of the decision) for a local review, prior to a Section 29 Appeal (Education Act 1998)

 Stage 4: Registration

Following the meeting of the Board of Management a decision will be issued in writing within 21 days of the closing date for application. At this point a Policy Booklet containing the Code Of Behaviour, Healthy Eating Policy and Admission’s Policy will be forwarded to parents. An Information Booklet will be forwarded containing details of the school day etc.

Applicants will be asked to accept the place in writing and complete and return the Registration Form [Appendix 3] within 10 days of receipt of the letter of offering a place.

Implementation

This policy will be implemented from 4th March 2013.

Evaluation and Review Procedure

This Policy will be reviewed regularly in the light of experience. It will be reviewed by the full staff and Board of Management during the school year 2015, or earlier if deemed necessary.

Ratified by Board of Management on _________________________

Date__________________________________

Signed: ________________________________

Chairperson, Board of Management