C. St. Brigids's Primary School Enrolment Policy
St Brigid’s Primary School
Chairperson: Dónall Ó Murchú
Principal: Deirdre Early
The Board of Management of St Brigid’s PS. hereby sets out its Enrolment and
Admission Policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998
and the Board trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to
enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management or the
Principal Teacher will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy.
School Information St Brigid’s Primary School,
Tel: 01 454 7734
Website : www.stbrigidsthecoombe.ie
Patronage and Ethos
St Brigid’s is a Catholic primary school under the patronage of the Archbishop
of Dublin and the Trusteeship of the St. Laurence O Toole Trust. As a Roman
Catholic School, the school aims at promoting the holistic and harmonious
nurturing of all pupils, including their cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural,
moral and spiritual development. The school caters for the full range of classes
from Junior Infants to sixth class for girls and from Junior Infants to First
Class for boys. It is an inclusive school and caters for children of all abilities.
Currently there are 20 full time teachers, including the principal, Home School
liaison teacher, Early Start teacher and …5..resource / learning support /
language support teachers, employed in the school. There are 3 Special Needs
Assistants and one Child Care Worker currently employed in the school.
St. Brigid’s operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental
Circulars and is funded by grants. Staff is resourced by the Department of
Education and Science. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The
Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special
Education Needs Act (2004) equality law and all other relevant legislation. St
.Brigid’s follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of
Education and Skills.
This policy aims to ensure 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, the Mission Statement of the school and
● To make an accurate and appropriate assessment of the capacity of the
school to cater for the needs of applicants in the light of the resources
available to it and
● To put in place a framework which will ensure effective and productive
relations between pupils, parents and teachers where a pupil is admitted
to the school.
Application forms are available from the school office tel: 01 454 7734 or may
be downloaded from the school website.
Parents seeking to enrol a child should return a completed application form
together with a photocopy of the original birth/ adoption certificate and
baptismal certificate (where applicable) to the school. . Parents will be informed
in writing of the result of their application during the months of
February/March of the year preceding the September of enrolment. Parents of
children who accept our offer of a place will be invited to a meeting in the
school in April. Attendance at this meeting and or written confirmation is
required to hold the place.
Closing date for applications for Junior Infants is 31 st January of the year of
entry. Children may be enrolled after this date if spaces are available.
Junior Infants are enrolled in September provided the child has reached the
4th birthday on or before 1 st September of the year of enrolment. Normally
Junior Infants will not be enrolled during the year unless transferring from
another school and there is space available.
No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational
needs, disability, language / accent, gender, traveller status, asylum-seeker /
refugee status, religious / political beliefs and values, family or social
The completion of an application form or the placement of your child's name on
a list does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.
Children enrolled in St. Brigid’s are required to co-operate with and support the
school's Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies. Parents / Guardians are
responsible for ensuring that their child co-operates with these policies in an
A copy of the Code of Behaviour and a copy of the Ethos Statement will be
issued to all parents/guardians and each parent/guardian will be requested to
sign an undertaking to uphold the school Code of Behaviour.
Applications will be accepted and considered in sequence. In the event of the
number of children seeking to be enrolled exceeding the number of places
available, the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment.
1. Early Start children who have attended St Brigid’s Early Start in the
2. Sisters and brothers of children enrolled in the school (including
stepsisters and step brothers resident at the same address).
3. Catholic children of the parish.
4. Catholic children who live outside the parish and who do not have a
Catholic school in their parish.
5. Children of all past pupils and staff.
6. All children who live within the parish boundaries.
7. All children from outside the parish.
If spaces are available other children may be enrolled during the school year if
newly resident in the area. Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are
enrolled subject to the Rules for National Schools, Education Welfare and
school's enrolment policy.
The Board of Management determines the maximum number of children in the
school based on the Department of Education’s recommended enrolment at the
Children with Special Needs
Children with special educational needs are welcome to enrol in the school
subject to enrolment criteria and every effort will be made to provide them
with an appropriate education as well to include them in every aspect of school
life. Supports and resources will put in place in accordance with the level of
resources provided by the Department of Education and Science. Every effort
will be made secure all available resources.
The Board of Management may request copies of relevant reports or request
that the child be assessed immediately in order to assist the school in
establishing the educational needs of the child and to profile the support
services required. The Board of Management will endeavour to have all
resources and supports in place before the child is admitted to the school. This
may include visiting teacher service, resource teacher, special needs assistants
etc., specialised equipment or furniture, transport services etc. The school will
meet with the parent of the special needs child to discuss the school's
suitability for the child. If considered necessary, a full case conference may be
called which will include parents, class teacher, learning support teacher,
resource teacher and psychologist or social workers as appropriate.
The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil in exceptional
cases. Such an exceptional case could arise where either:
1. The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources
available from the Department of Education and Science, the school cannot
meet such needs and/ or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.
2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an
unacceptable risk, to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.
(See Appeals Procedure below)
Children of other faiths or no faith
Bearing in mind the Catholic ethos of the school, every effort will be made so
that the school is as inclusive as possible. While Catholic education and the
ethos of the school permeates the day, children of other faiths or none, where
a request is made in writing, will be excused from attendance at formal religious
instruction classes and specifically Catholic liturgies where appropriate
supervision arrangements can be put in place. As far as is possible, in
consultation with parents, suitable alternative arrangements will be made in
order to facilitate this. It will not be possible however to provide religious
instruction in other faiths.
In line with Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, 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 Department
of Education and Skills under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official
form provided by the Department. An appeal form will be issued by the school
to the parents / guardians. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt
of the refusal from the school to enrol.
The Board of Management will monitor the implementation of all aspects of the
Policy and review and amend the Policy as required, with particular emphasis
● Effective management placed on application process
● Clarity and transparency related to the process
● Applicants informed in good time re the status of their application,
particularly in the case of refusal to enrol
● Positive Parental feedback.
The implementation of this policy will be monitored by the Board of
Management at the appropriate time. It will also be referred by the Principal
for consideration by the full staff at the same time. The Principal will report to
the Board of Management regarding the process of enrolment in March each
year and regularly thereafter until enrolment is complete. Where the Principal
refuses admission to any applicant by the authority delegated to her by the
Board in line with this policy any such refusal shall be communicated to the
Board at the earliest opportunity.
The policy will be reviewed regularly in the light of experience. It will be
reviewed by the full staff and Board of Management every five years. Any
staff member, board member, parent/ guardian who is unhappy with the content
or the implementation of any school policy may request a review at any time and
such a request will be dealt with as quickly as possible. Next review of this
policy will occur before or during the school year 2018
Preparation and Review.
This policy was compiled by staff in January 2013 and reviewed by the
Parents Association in January of the same year. It was ratified by the Board
of Management at its meeting of 06/02/2013.
This policy was reviewed and amended by the Board of Management at its
meeting of 24 th November 2016.
This reviewed policy was ratified by the Board of Management at its meeting of
19 th January, 2017.