The Board of Management of Kilrane National School sets out its policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and trusts that by doing so parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr. Diarmuid Desmond and the principal teacher Mr. Eoin Ó Donnagáin will be happy to clarify any matters arising from the policy.
PLEASE NOTE: The Enrolment Form is at the bottom of this page
Name of School: Kilrane National School
Address: Kilrane, Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford
The religious denomination of the school is Catholic and the school’s patron is the Bishop of Ferns.
There are fourteen teachers in the school, including the principal teacher. There are ten class teachers, a resource teacher, a learning support teacher and special class teacher for children with special needs.
All classes are taught from junior infants to sixth class and the school is mixed.
Opening hours: 9.20 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the D.E.S. and it operates within the regulations laid down by the Department. The school enrolment policy must have regard to the resources and funding available.
The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the D.E.S., which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).
Taking into account the Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act 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 the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.
- Parents seeking to enrol their children in Kilrane N.S.are requested to complete the application for registration form, available from the secretary’s office, before May 30th each year.
- The names of children for whom application for registration forms have been returned will be placed on a list.
- Parents of children wishing to enrol may be required to visit the school prior to enrolment.
Provision of key information by Parents
The application for registration form to be completed by parents will request the following information:
- Pupil’s name, age, address and PPS No.
- Names, addresses and occupation of pupil’s parents/guardians
- Contact telephone numbers
- Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency
- Details of any medical conditions
- Previous school attended, if any
- Birth certificate and (if Catholic) a Baptismal Certificate, for children not on local register
- Information as to eligibility for medical card
- Any other relevant information (including any such information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act 2000).
Decisions as to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy. As a general principle and in so far as is practicable having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, provided that there is space available, children will be enrolled on application.
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment exceeding the number of places available, the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:
- Children living within the parish – priority to the oldest.
- Brothers and sisters (including step-) of children already enrolled, or who have already attended Kilrane National School– priority to the oldest.
- Children of current school staff.
- Children of past pupils.
- Children from outside the parish on a first come, first served basis.
Depending on the number of children who wish to enrol in any given year, the B.O.M. reserves the right to determine the cut-off age of the applicant pupils.
In unusual circumstances the B.O.M. reserves the right to consider individual applications.
The Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:
Size/available space in classroom
- Educational needs of children of a particular age
- Multi-grade classes
- Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs
- DES maximum class average directives.
Enrolment of children with special needs
In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, it is open to the BOM to request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report, or where such report is not available to 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 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 will, prior to enrolment, request the DES to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the medical or psychological 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 of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs.
If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties may be held which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist as appropriate.
It may be necessary for BOM to decide to defer the 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 medical/psychological report.
Pupils may transfer to the school subject to school policy, available space and the rules governing National Schools. Information concerning the child’s attendance and educational progress should be communicated between schools. Copy of latest report to be furnished.
Code of Behaviour
The school’s code of behaviour is appended below. Parents will be required to sign the code of behaviour form.
Application for Registration