Polasaí Iontrála Gaelscoil
Eolas Ginearálta / General
The policy of the Board of Management in accordance with the provisions
of the Education Act (1998) is outlined below. The Board of Management hopes
that this will be of assistance to parents in regard to enrolment. The
Chairman, Seán Ó Ciardha, and the Principal, Karen Mhic Gearailt, will be happy
to clarify any future matters relating to the policy.
Scoil / School: Gaelscoil Chluain Meala,
Co. Thiobraid Árann.
/ Patron: Foras
Pátrúnachta na Scoileanna Lán-Ghaeilge Teo.
/ Ethos: All Irish Catholic School/ Scoil Chaitliceach
Múinteoirí / Teaching Staff: 8 Class Teachers
Learning Support Teachers
Ranganna / Classes: Infants to 6th Class. Co-educational.
Clárama / Timetable: 08:45 - 09:05 Preparation/Supervision
- 10:45 Instruction
- 11:00 Break
The Gaelscoil follows the curriculum
programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science. These may be modified from time to time in
accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998). Gaelscoil
Chluain Meala is dependent on the grants and the teaching staff supplied by the
Department of Education and Science and the school is run in accordance with
current Department regulations. The school implements the Children First
Guidelines. All pupils have to be registered on the Department of Education and
Skills Primary Online Database and PPS numbers are required on enrolment. All
grants and teacher allocation are based on this database.
Réasúnaíocht / Rationale
This policy aims to ensure that the appropriate
procedures are in place to enable the school
make decisions on all applications in an open and transparent manner consistent
with the Ethos, the Mission Statement of the school and legislative
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
put in place a framework which will ensure effective and productive
relations between students, parents and teachers where a student is
admitted to the school
Polasaí Iontrála / The
Enrolment Policy of Gaelscoil Chluain Meala
This has been discussed with the Board of Management, the Parents’ Council
and the teaching staff of the school, and the following policy was decided on
in the event that the school is oversubscribed.
- Parents who
wish to enrol a child/children in Gaelscoil Chluain Meala can record the
name, date of birth and address of the child/children in a register in the
office. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that these
details are kept up to date.
Christmas during 2nd Term, a meeting will be called, by posted
invitation, of those parents whose children’s names are on the list. An
advertisement will also be placed in the local paper ‘The Nationalist’.
will be given to brothers and sisters of children already enrolled. After this children will be enrolled
according to age.
- After the
meeting, an enrolment form will be sent by post to the parents of those
children who have been accepted as they fulfil the enrolment criteria. This form must be filled in completely
and sent back to the school, with an original copy of the child’s birth
certificate, before a specified date. The school will confirm receipt of
enrolment form within 21 days of this date.
- No child
will be refused on grounds of special needs, race, disability, language or
accent, of being a member of the travelling community or a refugee, on
account of political or religious opinions, or of social or family
it accepts the rights of parents to enrol their children in the school of
their choosing, the Board of Management regards itself as having
particular responsibility for the welfare of those students already
enrolled. Any parent may appeal a decision relating to the refusal of the
enrolment of their child by writing a letter for the attention of the Príomhoide
- The Board,
accordingly, is entitled to decide the maximum number of children in each class, taking into account the
- The size of
the classroom and the space available
learning requirements of children at a particular age.
- Pupils with
special learning / behavioural needs.
from the Department of Education regarding the average number of children
in each class.
- The time of
the school year.
standard of Irish
- Every effort will be made to facilitate students who
come to Clonmel having previously attended another Gaelscoil.
infants will be given the opportunity to visit the school with their
parents towards the end of school year.
will be made for pupils with special needs to an extent commensurate with
the resources made available to the Board of Management by the Department
of Education for this purpose.
- Pupils are
required to abide by the code of discipline of the school and all policies
relating to the curriculum, organisation and management of the school as
precondition of enrolment. The
Board of Management requires parents to ensure that children will
co-operate - in a manner appropriate to their age level – with the school
policies. The Board of Management may, in accordance with the rules laid
down by the Department of Education and Science for primary schools,
suspend pupils if necessary. As a Gaelscoil which provides education
through Irish, parents are asked to be supportive of this objective.
- Parents are
to inform the school of any court orders relating to custody or access to
children or issues of legal guardianship which may affect access to
children and/or access to children’s information.
Ciní / Decision making
It is the responsibility of the Board of Management,
acting in accordance with school policy, to make decisions regarding applications
for enrolment at any time.
le Riachtanais Speisialta / Enrolment of children with special needs
In the case of
applications for enrolment of children with special needs, the Board of
Management may request a copy of the child’s medical/psychological records, or
in the absence of such, to request that the child be assessed immediately. This
will be done solely for the purpose of assisting the school in assessing the
child’s educational requirements in regard to his/her disability or special
needs, and to identify/apply for the appropriate resources.
The Board will
assess, on receiving the report, how the school may cater to the various needs
identified in the report. If the Board
feels that further resources are required, it will ask the Department of
Education and Skills/ NCSE to supply such resources.
might include, for example, a resource teacher for special needs, a special
needs assistant, equipment or special furniture, transport services etc.
The school will
meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the
suitability or capability of the school to cater to those needs. If necessary, a full meeting should be held
for all involved parties, where parents, principal,
class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, special needs
resource teacher or psychologist may be present as appropriate.
Daltaí ag Aistriú / Transferring
Students may transfer to the Gaelscoil if
there is space available and subject to completion of enrolment form. The
principal will meet the parents and the prospective pupil to ascertain if their
standard of Irish would allow them to access the curriculum. The application is
discussed at a board of management meeting and a decision is made. The former
school will be informed of the transfer and all relevant documentation will be
transferred to us.
According to the Educational
Welfare Act (2000) in relation to transfer of pupils, a school is obliged to
provide information on a pupil’s attendance and academic progress to the new
If a pupil leaves our school
during the school year, s/he will be kept on the roll until it has been
established that s/he is attending another school.
the DES does not recognise pupils who repeat sixth class for teacher
appointment purposes or grants, we do not accept enrolments for pupils who want
to repeat sixth class. Pupils who wish to transfer and repeat a class in our
school, the parents must supply the relevant documentation from the previous
school outlining the reasons why in line with Circular 32/03.
Athbhreithniú / Review
The above policy may be
revised or added to from time to time as appropriate and was written in
accordance with Unit 16 of the Education Act.
Once ratified by the Board
of Management, this policy is then forwarded for approval by our patron.
This revised policy was formally ratified at a meeting
of the Board of Management on May 31st 2016 and will be reviewed in
Signed: Seán Ó Ciardha (Cathaoirleach)
Karen Mhic Gearailt (Príomhoide)
Date: 31ú Bealtaine 2016