The Model Primary School, O'Connell Avenue Limerick, V94 W891, Ireland
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The Board of Management of An Mhodhscoil sets out below its policy of Admissions in accordance with the provision of the Education Act, 1998.
An Mhodhscoil depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science (DES) and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department. All our school policies must have regard to the funding and resources made available to the school. Our school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the DES which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Section 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.
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, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.
While recognising the rights of parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of An Mhodhscoil 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 Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:
a. size of / available space in classroom
b. educational needs of children of a particular age
c. multi-grade classes
d. presence of children with special educational / behavioural needs
e. DES maximum class average directives (currently a maximum average of 29 children)
An Mhodhscoil follows these procedures for enrolment of Junior Infants in our school.
- Parents are requested to complete an Application Form, available from the school office and on-line.
- Parents are informed of the need for early enrolment through
- Informing pupils already in the school
- Notice displayed in the school
- The Principal and Junior Infant teacher meet with the parent(s)/guardian
- The school encourages the parent/guardian to have the children accompany them to meet the class teacher and become familiar with their new environment
- All children are requested to present a birth certificate and PPSN
- Parents fill in consent forms for School trips, Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), forwarding child details to Health Board for immunisation purposes, work/photo on school website etc.
- An induction day for parents of Junior Infant parents will be held in May where school uniform, books, Code of Behaviour, other policies etc, will be discussed.
Right of Entry
- Brothers and sisters of pupils of An Mhodhscoil
- Children of Model School staff
- Children of Limerick based DES officials
- Children from all-Irish schools whose parents are re-locating to Limerick
- Maximum 2 places reserved for minority religions
Non brothers and sisters – up to #30 *
Waiting List – for applications received after Section B has been
filled (’first come, first served’ basis).
- January: First Round Offers to Section A & B
- February: Letter of Confirmation from parents who have been offered
places re their acceptance of same.
- February: Any unfilled places will be offered, up to #60, to Section C*
- May: Any unfilled places up to #60, still remaining after the ‘Open Day’ in May will be offered to Section C
* Only applicable up to and including 2007/08
NB: 2008/09 onwards Section B will no longer be in operation
In accordance with the Educational Welfare Act 2000, the BOM will notify parents of their decision within twenty-one days of receiving the information as prescribed by the Minister of Education and Science under this Act.
In relation to the enrolment of children with special needs, the Board of Management of An Mhodhscoil may request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report. If this is not available the Board will request that the child be assessed immediately. This report is requested to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special education needs and to profile the support services required. Following the receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it should, prior to enrolment, request the DES 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: teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment for furniture, transport services or other.
The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s special needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties may be held. The Board may decide to defer enrolment of a particular child, pending
- The receipt of an assessment report and/or
- The provision of appropriate resources by the DES to meet the needs specified in the Psychological and/or medical report.