Enrolment Policy

Introductory Statement:  This Enrolment Policy was drawn up by members of the Board of Management of St. Paul’s National School, Walshestown following consultation with all the members of the board, all staff of the school and the Parent’s Committee.

Mission Statement

  • To develop in each pupil the highest level of attainment in all areas of the Curriculum, consistent with each child’s ability.
  • To develop in each pupil a manner of behaviour which incorporates:
  • An attitude of caring for, and responsibility to, other people
  • Moral values and spiritual development consistent with the Christian ethos of the school.
  • A high degree of self-esteem and self-worth.
  • An awareness of the environment.

Acceptance of an offer for enrolment by parents/guardians will indicate an agreement to the ethos of the school as outlined by the Mission Statement.

Parents/Guardians who wish to apply for enrolment to the school should study the statement carefully to ensure that the values, beliefs, attitudes and practices outlined are those to which they are willing to subscribe.

Rationale:  This policy has been drawn up to replace all previous Enrolment Policies in order to :

  • Comply with legislation, especially in the light of recent court decisions.
  • Reflect on advice given by the Department of Education Inspectorate following the Whole School Evaluation of March 2011.

Aims:  The aims of the Enrolment Policy are:

  • To communicate to parents/guardians the procedures by which children are enrolled in the school
  • To state the priority order by which children will be enrolled in the event that the number of applications for enrolment exceeds the number of places available.
  • To communicate to parents information on the ethos of the school so that an informed decision may be made before acceptance of an offer of enrolment.

General Information:  An Information Booklet on the school will be included with an offer of acceptance of enrolment.

Application Procedures

  • Applications for enrolment in St. Paul’s should be received on or before February 28th before the September of enrolment. All applications must be in writing on the official school application form.
  • Admission of Junior Infants normally takes place on the first day of the academic year. Any child for whom enrolment is applied should have reached his/her fourth birthday on or before September 30th of the same year. Children who have not reached their 4th birthday cannot be enrolled at any time.
  • Admission of children other than Junior Infants is subject to this Enrolment Policy and to available space. In general it would be preferable if transfers occurred on the first day of a new term, but the Board may approve a transfer at any time. Department of Education procedures must be adhered to.
  • All parents/guardians requesting enrolment must familiarise themselves with the school’s Mission Statement and Code of Behaviour and will be asked to confirm in writing that they are willing to subscribe to the ethos and procedures outlined in these documents.

Decision Making Process:  Following receipt of applications, decisions will be given in writing. Parents/guardians who apply for enrolment to Junior Infants will be given notice in writing, of decisions by March 21st of the year of proposed enrolment. Parents/Guardians who apply for enrolment at all other times will be given notice, in writing, of decisions within 21 days of receipt of written application.

Enrolment Criteria:  In the event that the number of applications for enrolment exceeds the number of places available in the school, the priority order in which children will be accepted will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Children whose siblings are attending or have attended the school.
  2. Children who live within the catchment area of the school.  Note: In the event of an application based on an address within the catchment area for which planning permission is being sought, proof of planning permission having been granted will be necessary for enrolment to be accepted.
  3. Children who have a parent or guardian who is a past pupil of St. Paul’s, Walshestown.
  4. Children of staff members
  5. Children who can show a family or other connection to the school which the Board decide may justify acceptance of enrolment.
  6. Children with special educational or physical needs whom the Board feels may benefit from facilities already in place in the school.  Note: The Board reserves the right to refuse enrolment to pupils whose needs are such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education, the school cannot meet those needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education. To enable the Board to make a prompt and informed decision, relevant information and reports should be included with any such application.
  7. Children who live in townlands adjacent to the school.
  8. All other applications.

In the event that there are more applicants than places available within any single category above, priority will be given to children within the particular category in order of age, starting with the eldest.

Refusal to Enrol:    Any refusal to enrol by the Board will be in compliance with this policy. The Board reserves the right to refuse enrolment in exceptional circumstances e.g.

  • Children whose needs are such that the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.
  • Children who, in the opinion of the Board may pose an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff or school property.

Right of Appeal:  Section 29 of the Education Act of 1998 provides for a right to appeals against a decision to refuse enrolment. Parents/guardians may appeal any such decision of the Board of Management of St. Paul’s by following the procedures outlined in Section 29 of the Education Act (1988). These procedures are available to view on education.ie.

In the event of an appeal the Board shall appoint a member to have responsibility for preparing a response to the Appeals Committee.