Enrolment Policy - Firies National School

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Section 1

This enrolment policy is set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters.

The chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Kieran O'Mahony, Firies N.S., Firies, Killarney Co. Kerry and the Principal teacher, Ms Eileen Brosnan,
Tel. 066/9764496, Fax. 064/7758499, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.


Firies N.S. operates under the Rules for National Schools, The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), enacted sections of The Education of Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004), all relevant equality legislation and Department of Education and Skills (DES) Circulars.



School Name: Firies National School
School Roll Number: 15945T
School Address: Firies, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Telephone No.: 066/9764496
Denominational Character: Roman Catholic
Name of Patron: Bishop William Murphy
Total No. of Teachers: 15
Range of Classes Taught: Infants to Sixth Class
Gender Orientation of School: Mixed



The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department. School policy has regard 
to the resources and funding available.


The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 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 (1998), and the funding
and resources available, the school supports the principles of:

• inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children
with a disability or other special educational need
• equality of access and participation in the school
• parental choice in relation to enrolment
• respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages
and ways of life in society.


Section 2: Enrolment Procedures
Application Procedure


The Board of Management has determined that the school will accept written applications for enrolment in Junior Infants up to 31st March of the school year prior to enrolment. Each January and February the school will communicate generally to the school community through school newsletters, Parish Newsletters and any other appropriate media that applications are being accepted up to 31st March. Forms are available from the school office from January for the school year commencing the following September.

Provision of Key Information by Parents/Guardians


The school has a specific enrolment application form (Appendix 1). A copy of this form may be obtained in the school office.

A registration form (Appendix 2) also forms part of the enrolment procedure. This form will accompany the letter of offer that will be sent to parents. The completed registration form must be returned to the school within the timeline specified. Failure to do so will be interpreted as a refusal of the offer to enroll.

Parents/Guardians of children enrolled in Junior Infants will be invited to an open day in the school in the beginning of June each year.

The address at which the applicant resides will be the address used by the school for correspondence regarding enrolment. The completion of an enrolment application form or the placement of your child's name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.

Decision Making
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy. The Board will notify parents of their decision no later than 21 days after the closing date for the receipt of applications.

The Board will have regard for relevant Department of Education and Skills' guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and/or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, including physical space and the health and welfare of children.

The Board is bound by the Department of Education and Skills' Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years. Children applying to enroll in Firies N.S. must have reached the age of 4 years by August 31st of the year they will commence school.

In the event that applications for enrolment exceed/is expected to exceed the number of places available the following decision making process will apply:
A. Brothers and sisters (including stepsiblings, resident at same address)
of children already enrolled with priority going to be oldest;
B. Children living within the parish – priority oldest;
C. Children of current school staff – priority oldest;
D. Children whose home address is closest to the school
(as measured by road) if the child is normally resident outside of the parish/agreed catchment area, priority oldest.

The Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind Department and Education Guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions. Other factors that may be considered are:
• Size and available space in classrooms.
• Educational needs of children of a particular age.
• Multi-grade classes.
• Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.
• Health and Safety.

Admission Day/Date
Junior Infants, with the exception of students transferring from another school, may only be admitted to the school on or by the 1st September.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
On enrolment of children with special needs the Board of Management will request a copy of the child's medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, will request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required.

Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will request the Special Education Needs Organiser (NCSE see Circular 01/05) to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report. These resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.

The school will meet with the parents/guardians of the child and with the SENO to discuss the child's needs and the school's suitability or capability in meeting those needs. Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, Principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs, Special Educational Needs Organiser or psychologist, as appropriate.

It may, in certain circumstances, be necessary for the Board of Management to defer admission of a child pending the completion of an assessment report and/or provision of the necessary resources by the Department of Education and Skills.

Pupils Transferring
Applications for enrolment during the school year will be considered subject to school policy, available space and the provision of information concerning attendance and the child's educational progress. Such applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis but will normally only be considered for admission on the first day of each new term unless the applicant is newly resident in the area.

Code of Behaviour
All offers of enrolment are subject to acceptance of the School's Code of Behaviour, a copy of which is appended to this policy.


Section 3: Appeals
The Board of Management of Firies N.S. in compliance with section 19(3) of the Educational Welfare Act 2000 will make a decision in writing in respect of an application for enrolment within 21 days of the closing date for the receipt of enrolment applications and will inform the parents/guardians in writing of that decision.

Parents/guardians will be informed of their entitlement to appeal a decision of the Board of Management in relation to a refusal to enrol in the letter issued 21 days after the closing date for the receipt of applications. (Please note the address at which the applicant resides will be the address used by the school for correspondence regarding enrolment).

If following the conclusion of the appeal procedures at school level, a parent/guardian is dissatisfied with the decision made that parent/guardian has a statutory entitlement under section 29 of the Education Act (as amended by Section 4 of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007), to appeal that decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills. It should be noted that such an appeal must be lodged within 42 days of the schools refusal to enrol.

Details on appealing decisions on enrolment under section 29 of the Education Act (as amended by Section 4 of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2007), are available on the Department of Education and Skills website at www.education.ie

Section 4: Exceptional Cases

The Board of Management of Firies N.S. reserves the right to refuse enrolment or, to rescind an offer of enrolment to any child, in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could arise where either:

1. The child has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education, or
2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.

Section 5: Policy Approval/Ratification

The policy was ratified by the Board of Management of Firies N.S on __________

Signed: __________________________________
Chairperson, Board of Management


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

Enrolment Application Form Appendix 1
Firies National School

Pupil's First Name: _________________________ Surname: _________________________

Date of Birth: _________________________ Gender: _________________________

Address (at which the applicant resides): ___________________________________________________


Name and class of Sibling(s) currently enrolled: _____________________________________________

Parish in which the applicant resides ______________________________________________________

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Details:

Name: _______________________________________ [ ] Parent [ ] Custodian [ ] Legal Guardian

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________


Home Tel. __________________ Mobile __________________ Email. __________________________

Name: _______________________________________ [ ] Parent [ ] Custodian [ ] Legal Guardian

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________


Home Tel. __________________ Mobile __________________ Email. __________________________

Signature 1: _________________________Signature 2: _______________________________

Date: _________________ Date: ________________________________

Completed enrolment applications must be returned to Firies National School no later than 31st March 20_______

Pupil First Name: ___________________________ Surname: _______________________

Date of Birth: _______________________________ Gender: _______________________________

Nationality: _____________________________ Religious Denomination: ___________________

Address (at which applicant resides): ___________________________________________________


Parents/Custodian/Legal Guardian's Occupations and Place of Work: ___________________________



Please attach an original photocopy of child's birth cert and baptismal cert if baptized outside the Parish of Firies/Ballyhar. (This will be needed for Communion and Confirmation).

Name of person who may have permission to collect your child during school hours:

__________________________________________ Phone No: ________________________________

In an emergency, if parents are unavailable, please give Name and Tel. No. of person to contact:


'Text-a-Parent' Mobile Number: ________________________ (please give one number only)

Number of Children in Family: __________________________________________________________

Place in Family: _____________________________________________________________________

Do you know your child's dominant hand (left/right)? _______________________________________

Has your child attended a Play-group? Yes: ( ) No: ( )

Is Yes, please give name of Play-group. __________________________________________

Name and address of Primary school previously attended: ____________________________________

Do you agree to have your child treated by school staff for minor scratches and bruises?
Yes: ( ) No: ( )

Do you give permission to take the child straight to the doctor/hospital in case of serious illness or accident if above person or parents cannot be contacted? Yes: ( ) No: ( )

Name of Family Doctor: _______________________________________________________________

Tel No. of Doctor: ____________________________________________________________________

Do you have a Medical Card? Yes: ( ) No: ( )

We the parent(s) or guardian(s) of _________________________________ give the principal,
or teacher in charge at the time, permission to bring him / her to a doctor or hospital should
he / she judge it to be in the best interests of our child, and having tried put failed to contact us.
We understand that the school will try to contact our family doctor first, but if he/she is unavailable we understand that they will contact the Doctor on duty at the time or the nearest doctor available.

List any problems your child may have in relation to health:
(allergies, epilepsy, asthma, sight, hearing, speech, fainting, other _______________________________

Does your child have any special educational needs?__________________________________

The Stay Safe Programme, www.staysafe.ie will be part of the School Curriculum Programme for pupils from Senior Infants to 6th Class. If you do not wish your child to take part in this programme please notify the school in writing.

As part of school activities your child's photograph will occasionally be taken for displays, newspapers, school newsletter. Please inform the school in writing if you do not wish your child to be photographed or videoed.

The school should be given a copy of any court order which affects the child's welfare and also name of any person into whose custody the child should not be given.

We understand our obligation to inform the school of any changes that may occur to the information on this form. eg. home address, mobile phone numbers etc.

I have read and accept the school's Code of Behaviour □ (Please tick)

We understand by enrolling our child in this school, we accept the school's ethos and policies.


Signed: _____________________________ (Parent/Guardian) Date: _______________ (Appendix 2)





Appendix 3 – Code of Behaviour