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Gaelscoil Osraí

Admissions Policy

Introduction:

 

The school aims to provide an integrated and inclusive education, through the medium of Irish.

 

This Admissions Policy ensures that the appropriate procedures are in place to enable the school to make decisions on all applications in an open and transparent manner consistent with the ethos and of the school and in accordance with legal obligations.

The aim of this Admissions Policy is to inform parents about the school and to set out the criteria under which applications will be considered.

 

ENROLMENT APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR JUNIOR INFANTS

Confirmation of your previous expression of interest in a place for 2020-2021 is required by 12.00 noon on Friday, February 14th2020, in writing or by email.

Complete applications only will be considered. The BoM is not obliged to consider late and/or incomplete applications.

Parents of applicants who have been offered a place must inform the school, by completing and returning an enrolment acceptance form, within ten calendar days. Failure do so will result in the place being forfeited and the place being reallocated.

 

If the application for enrolment is successful and the place has been accepted as outlined above, the pupil shall be enrolled as per his/her name on his/her official birth certificate. The school will however use the child’s Irish language version as their working name throughout their time in our school.

 

Applicants in respect of whom a complete application has been made,  who are not successful in securing a place in Junior Infants, will be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will expire at 5pm on the 30th September of the year in respect of which the application for enrolment has been made.

Criteria used to prioritise applicants for Junior Infants

The criteria in priority order 1 – 4 below, are used to determine enrolment, where the number of applications received outnumbers the number of places available in Junior Infants.

 

In the event that the number of applicants, in any one of the categories, outnumbers the places available, applicants’ ages will determine the outcome i.e. places will be offered beginning with the oldest eligible applicant in the oversubscribed category and proceeding in descending order of age from oldest to youngest, until all available places have been filled.

 

It is to be noted that reference to siblings is to be taken as including reference to step siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings and foster siblings residing at the same address.

 

  1. Children from Irish-speaking families.
  2. The brothers and sisters of children currently attending Gaelscoil Osraí.
  3. Brothers and sisters of past pupils of Gaelscoil Osraí.
  4. Children who have spent at least one year attending a recognised Naíonra.

 

 

 

 

Note:  For information ONLY  as relevant section/s not yet commenced: In the Admission to  Schools Act, 2018   level of fluency is described as follows:  a level of fluency indicative of what would be expected of a student who uses the Irish language as a normal means of communication in a non-educational environment, taking into account the age and any special education needs of the student concerned 

– Parent(s) may, when making an application for admission to an ILS, include a statement confirming that the student has attained a level of fluency in the language and that said fluency would be likely to regress if student were not admitted to an ILS

 When making an application, the parent(s) shall provide evidence as s/he considers appropriate in relation to the level of fluency which may include confirmation that the student is available to attend an interview or meeting to demonstrate his/her level of fluency

 An Irish Language School shall only take into account the evidence that the parent(s) provided when making the application

Irish Language Schools may not rank in order of preference, for the purposes of admission, a student who has attained the required level of fluency relative to other students who have attained the required level of fluency, by virtue of the students’ relative fluency in the Irish language.

An Irish Language School is not permitted to require a student to attend an interview or other meeting to assess his/her level of fluency in the language.]

Pupils with Special Needs:

Gaelscoil Osraí welcomes applications for admission of pupils with special educational needs.

Pupils with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the DES and/or NCSE. In the event that the applicant has special educational needs, a copy of the student’s medical/psychological reports and/or a professional assessment of the pupil’s needs must be submitted, so that provision can be made for that pupil’s welfare and educational progress.  

 

REFUSAL TO ENROL 

Parents of pupils refused  under 1 – 4 above will be advised of their right to appeal the BoM’s decision as outlined below.

 

 

Gaelscoil Osraí has a Code of Behaviour, which is updated regularly. It is understood that when you accept a place for your child in the school, that each child and their parents/guardians accept the terms of the Code of Behaviour, and all other current and futures school policies.

Transfer of pupils from other SCHOOLS DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 – 2021

  1. That optimum arrangements of existing pupils for teaching and learning purposes are maintained
  2. Child will be given an opportunity to show that his/her standard of Irish would not adversely affect the progress of the class s/he wishes  to join.
  1. No pupils will be accepted into Junior Infants prior to October 1st. An application for enrolment into Junior Infants after October 1st and for the remainder of the academic year, will be considered only where a vacancy exists, the applicant was already enrolled in another primary school and is/was in attendance at that primary school for not less than 20 school days.

 

Parents of applicants who have been offered a place must inform the school by completing and returning an enrolment acceptance form within seven calendar days.   Failure do so will result in the place being forfeited and the place being reallocated.

 

If the application for enrolment is successful and the place has been accepted as outlined above, the pupil shall be enrolled as per his/her name on his/her official birth certificate.

 

Applicants who are not successful in securing a place will be placed on a waiting list in date order of receipt of completed application. A place on the waiting list expires at the end of the academic year for which the application was made.

 

The BoM is not obliged to consider applications which are incomplete and/or not signed and /or not dated and/or do not include the required documentation.

 

Where the number of applications received outnumbers the available places, any available places arising will be allocated on a “first come first served basis,’ based on the date the fully completed application form was received.

 

APPEAL PROCEDURE AGAINST REFUSAL TO ENROL

 

Parents who are unhappy with an enrolment decisionmay appeal under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 to the DES on the official Section 29 Appeal Application Form which can be downloaded from www.education.ie.  This appeal must be submitted to the DES within 42days of receipt of the decision of the BoM to refuse enrolment.