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Enrolment: Admission Policy Guidelines

The Board of Management of Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn is setting out its policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, 1998. The Board of Management trusts that by doing this, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Cathaoirleach Bord Bainistíochta na Gaelscoile (Chairperson of the Board of Management),  Eoin Ó Luasa,  and príomhoide na scoile, Deaglán Ó Deargáin will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

Ainm na Scoile:  Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn, Aibhinne Murmont, Gort Álainn, Corcaigh,

Fón: (021) 4551955

R-phost: gaelscoilga@eircom.net

Ethos

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 needs, disability, language/accent, traveller status, asylum-seeker/refugee status, religious, political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

General Background

The full range of classes are taught from Junior Infants to Sixth class to children in mixed classes. There are 21 teachers, (6 are special education teachers) employed in the school.  3.83  Special Needs Assistants are assigned to the school by the an Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna to enable the inclusion of certain children with special education needs. Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn is funded by the An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna. The school operates within the regulations laid down by the An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna.

Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn is presently housed in temporary accommodation: prefabricated buildings in Murmont Avenue, Mayfield, Cork. There are 14 classrooms in the school and 5 learning support /resource rooms. Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn follows the curriculum programmes prescribed by An Roinn Oideachais & Scileanna which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.

Decision Making

To assist the school in circumstances of overcrowding, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind An Roinn Oideachais & Scileanna guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions.

Application Procedure

Parents seeking to enroll their child(ren) in Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn are requested to complete pre-enrolment forms which should be returned as soon as possible giving such information as pupil’s name, age, address, names and addresses of pupil’s parents/guardians, contact telephone numbers/emergency numbers, details of medical conditions which the school should be aware of.

All children are pre-enrolled on a first-come first-served basis.  The date of pre-enrolment is recorded as the date on which the pre-enrolment form is received in the school.  Pre-enrolment forms are available on the school’s website as well as from the school’s office. This includes children with brothers and sisters in the school.  The Board of Management may allow exceptions to this rule in extraordinary circumstances. Children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available and that the enrolment policy is adhered to and that he/she has reached his/her 4th birthday by 31st August in the year in which he/she is to be enrolled.

Places are offered in writing commencing early October and must be accepted within two weeks.  An enrolment form along with the child’s birth certificate and a non-returnable deposit for school books is required at this stage. Any place not accepted within two weeks may be forfeited, and offered to the next child on the pre-enrolment list.  An open day for new parents and children will be held in February. The remaining balance for school books will be taken at the open night.

Children with Special Needs

Children with special educational needs are welcome to enrol in the school and every effort will be made to provide them with an appropriate education as well as to include them in every aspect of school life. The child enrolling in Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the An Roinn Oideachais & Scileanna to the Board of Management. In relation to application for 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 shall assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board claim that further resources are required, it will request that An Roinn Oideachais & Scileanna 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:

  • visiting teacher service
  • resource teacher for special needs
  • special needs assistant
  • specialized equipment or furniture
  • transport services or other.

The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school suitability or capability in meeting these needs. If necessary a full conference involving all parties will take place which may include parents, principal, class teacher, special education teacher, special needs assistant or psychologists as appropriate.

Pupils Transferring

Pupils wishing to transfer to the Gaelscoil are enrolled subject to the rules governing primary schools as well as our own school’s enrolment policy. It will be necessary for the pupil who is enrolling from an English speaking school to have an adequate standard of Gaeilge as assessed by the príomhoide.

Appeals Procedure

In line with Section 28 of the Education Act, 1988, parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management. This appeal must be addressed in writing to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal. Parents, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the An Roinn Oideachais & Scileanna under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. An appeal form will be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enrol.

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