Francis Street CBS Enrolment Policy 2019/2020

 

General Introduction

The Board of Management of Francis St. C.B.S. is setting out this enrolment policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and that furthermore, the Chairperson of the Board of Management and the principal teacher will be happy to clarify any matters arising from the policy.

 

School Information

Francis St. C.B.S.
Francis St.,
Dublin 8.
Roll no: 18477E

 

Francis St C.B.S. is an Edmund Rice, Senior Cycle, all-boys school catering for boys from second to sixth class. Francis St. C.B.S. is under the patronage of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of the Archdiocese of Dublin and under the trusteeship of ERST. The ethos underpinning the school is that of the ERST charter. The vision embodied in the ERST charter promotes the following five key elements:

 

  1. Nurturing faith, spirituality and gospel values
  2. Promoting partnership
  3. Excelling in teaching and learning
  4. Creating a caring school community
  5. Inspiring transformational leadership

 

The Board of Management of Francis St C.B.S. manages the school on behalf of the Patron, and in accordance with the Rules for National Schools (Department of Education and Science) and it operates within the Education Act 1998 and other regulations. As such the Board of Management is charged with the direct governance of the school.

Francis St. C.B.S. follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

Within the context and parameters of 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.

 

Enrolment Procedures and Acceptance Criteria

 

A completed application form must be forwarded to the school. Forms may be attained at any time by calling into the school or phoning the office and must be returned before the stipulated closing date.

Every first class boy in our two feeder schools Holy Faith Convent the Coombe and Warrenmount Primary school are invited to an open day afternoon in November. Prior to this ‘open day’ each 1st class boy in the feeder school will receive an application to enrol and an information booklet about the school.

This form and birth/adoption certificate should be returned to Francis St C.B.S. The closing date for all applications is the last Friday in January of each year including brothers of children already enrolled. Parents are notified in writing within 21 days of this date as to whether their son has a place.

The Board will meet after this date to assess all applications. In the event that applications for enrolment exceed or are expected to exceed the number of places available, decisions regarding enrolment will be made according to the following criteria:

 

  1. Brothers of boys in the school.
  2. Boys attending the feeder school Holy faith Convent the Coombe
  3. Boys attending Warrenmount Primary school
  4. Other children whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on an OS map)

 

Where oversubscription occurs in any category above, surplus places in the category will be allocated using a lottery system. The lottery system agreed is the ‘names in a hat’ system; with an independent witness. Those children in this category that are not successful in achieving a place will have their names placed on a waiting list in the order in which such names were drawn. Names will continue to be drawn until all candidates have been allocated their place on the waiting list. Applicants will be informed of their place on the waiting list.

Late applicants will be put on the waiting list in order of application.

 

Francis St. C.B.S. educates boys from 2nd to 6th. All admissions to 2nd class must have attended 1st class in another school in the state or in the case of children who have arrived from abroad must have reached their 7th birthday by September 1st.

Admissions to the school normally take place on the first day of the school year or the first day of term. However in certain circumstances this may be waived e.g. if a family move into the parish.

 

Please note that completion of an application form however early does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.

 

The school relies on parents/guardians to provide it with accurate and complete information and to update us in writing in relation to any changes of information provided. Unless and until otherwise informed in writing, all correspondence in relation to your child will be sent exclusively to the address on the enrolment form.

In the case of parents who have separated, and where the school has been notified of same, the school will arrange for correspondence in relation to your child be sent to both parents separately, if requested to do so in writing. The Principal will also try to facilitate separate parent/teacher meetings on request.

Should a parent wish to update their child’s personal data they should write to the school principal.

All information supplied on the Enrolment form is strictly confidential under the Data Protection Act 2018.

This policy is published on the school website www.francisstcbs.ie.

 

 

Special Needs

Parents/guardians who wish to enrol a child who has specific needs are asked to furnish all relevant documentation on the child to the Principal and to assist in ensuring that all the necessary support resources and structures are in place in order to ensure that their child and all other pupils attending the school receive the highest quality of education possible.

Transferring

While wishing to facilitate students to change school to Francis St. C.B.S., provision of a place is conditional on the following:

  • There being a vacancy in the school
  • The school being satisfied with reasons for transfer. Information will be requested from the students current school in this regard
  • Information/ Documentation on any special educational or behavioural needs are provided by the boy’s parents at the time of application for a place in Francis St. C.B.S.
  • Where a student is accepted for a place it will be decided by the B.O.M., following consultation with the boy’s parents and his previous school whether such a place may be offered immediately or whether it should be more appropriate to wait until the beginning of the next school year
  • The school may postpone a decision to enrol a student pending a report from his previous school or from an appropriate professional.

 

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the Code of Behaviour of the school as well as other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. The Board may refuse the enrolment of a child should there be a refusal by parents to sign the Code of Behaviour. The Code of Behaviour contains procedures for suspension and expulsion. The Board of Management places parents/guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with said policies in an age appropriate way. In accordance with the Department of Education and Skills rules for National Schools, a child may be suspended for non co-operation with said policies. These policies may be added to and revised from time to time.

 

Appeals Procedure

Parents, who are dissatisfied with the enrolment decision, may appeal to the B.O.M. It must be addressed, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for appeal and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal. Parents can also appeal to the DES under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of refusal to enrol.

 

Medication

Parents are asked to inform the school in writing if their child suffers from any long-term or short-term illness. No teacher can be required to administer drugs or medication to a pupil.

 

The trustees had a role in approving the publication of this policy (Section 15 of the Education Act).

The Board is happy to include the following 4 provisions of the Education Act 2018.

 

  1. With effect from 3rd October, religion may not be used in Catholic schools as a criterion for school admissions.
  2. With effect from 3rd October 2018, schools may not charge enrolment fees or seek payments or contributions as a condition of admission or continued enrolment of a student.
  3. With effect from October 2018, the Minister for Education and Skills may, in certain circumstances and in consultation with Patrons and Boards of management, direct Boards to cooperate in relation to their admission processes.
  4. With effect from 3rd December 2018, the Minister for Education and Skills has the power to compel a school to open a special class, where NCSE has identified the need for such class and no school is willing to make the provision available. This will be after a process of engagement by the minister with the NCSE, the patron and the Board of management of a school.

 

As outlined in commencement order letter from the patron dated 9th October 2018.

This policy is reviewed annually.

 

This policy was ratified by the B.O.M. on   _________________

Chairperson     __________________