Enrolement Policy

Enrolment Policy – St. Finbarr’s Boys National School

Parents seeking to enrol their child/children in St. Finbarr’s B.N.S are requested to return a completed Enrolment form.

The names of children for whom Enrolment Application Forms have been returned will be placed on a class waiting list.

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

While recognising the right of parents to enroll their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of St. Finbarr’s B.N.S. is also responsible to respect the rights of the existing school community, and in particular, the children already enrolled.  This requires balanced judgments, which are guided by the principles of natural justice acting in the best interest of all children

Assisting the school in such circumstances, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children n each separate classroom, bearing in mind:

a)    Size of/available space in classrooms

b)   Educational needs of children of a particular age

c)   Multi-grade classes

d)   Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs

e)   DES maximum class average directives (currently a maximum average of 22 children in Junior Infant to 6th classes DEIS guidelines 2011)

In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class exceeding the number of places available, preceding or during the school year, the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment

a)    Families of children already enrolled

b)   Children living within the parish in order of proximity to the school

c)   Children of current school staff

d)   Children normally resident outside the parish in order of enrolment

(Interpretation of the above criteria is the responsibility of the Board of Management of the School)

Other pupils are enrolled during the school year (if newly resident in the area)

Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the rules governing National Schools & NEWB guidelines, as well as our own school’s enrolment policy

The Board of Management authorises the Principal to seek evidence to identify from parents should she deem it necessary.  Acceptable proof of identity is a valid passport or driving licence and a utility bill dated within the previous 3 months.