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Enrolment Policy

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 a Christian Brothers, Senior Cycle, All-boys 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, Christian 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 School (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.

There are 14 teachers in the school, including 7 mainstream class teachers, a Resource Teacher, a Learning Support Teacher, a part –time resource teacher, an English Language Support Teacher, a teacher for the Special Class, a H.S.C.L. teacher and a number of S.N.A.s. Classes start at 9 a.m. and finish at 2.45 a.m.

Francis St. C.B.S. is totally funded by the Department of Education and Science. The school depends on grants and teacher resources provided by the DES and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department. All school policies, including this one must have regard to the resources and funding available.

Francis St. C.B.S. follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science 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 October. Prior to this ‘open day’ each 1st class boy in the feeder school will receive an Application to enrol, a copy of the Enrolment Policy and an Information booklet about the school.

This form should be returned to Francis St C.B.S. with a Baptismal Certificate. In the case of a child who has not been baptised, a birth cert will be required.

The closing date for all applications is the last Friday in November 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. Catholic boys attending the feeder schools Holy Faith Convent the Coombe
  3. Boys attending Warrenmount Primary school.
  4. Catholic boys of the parish.
  5. Catholic children who live outside the parish and do not have a Catholic school in their parish.
  6. All children who live within the parish boundaries but are not Catholic applying for a place are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the groups from categories (1) to (3) have been allocated places.
  7. All children who apply to the school and are not Catholics and not residents within the parish boundaries are entitled to have a place in the school if there are vacancies in the school after the groups from (1) to (4) have been allocated places.

Once places have been filled for a particular year, if your child has not received a place and you wish him to be kept on the list, a new application form must be submitted for each subsequent year.

The school is considered full when the number of students reaches 164.

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.

In June of each year, all parents of new children enrolled in the school will be invited to a meeting one evening to outline various school issues and to give the parents/guardians a chance to raise any questions or issues they need clarified.

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 of placing your child’s name on a list, 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 2003.

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

Special Needs

In relation to the enrolment of children with special needs, the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical and /or psychological report and where such a report is not available will request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of this assessment is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his disability or special needs and to profile the support services required. The Board aims to commensurate with the needs of the child however following 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 Department of Education and Skills provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report. Where these needs cannot currently be met by the resources provided by the Department of Education and Science the Board will postpone enrolment until such resources as are deemed necessary are provided by the Department of Education and Science.

Representatives of the Board may meet with the parents/guardians 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 should be held which may include parents, principal, class teacher, remedial teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher or psychologist, as appropriate.

It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a particular child pending:

  • The receipt of an assessment report and/or the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education and Science to meet the needs specified in the Psychological and /or Medical Report.

The aim of our enrolment policy is to be as equitable as possible to all applicants to our school, while at the same time safeguarding the ethos and quality of education to our pupils. The Board of Management reserves the right to make exceptions to the above guidelines if circumstances arise in which the Board considers it necessary to do so.

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 Behavior. The Code of Behavior 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’s 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, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may 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 have had role in approving the publication of this policy (Section 15 of the Education Act).

This policy is reviewed annually.

This policy was ratified by the B.O.M. in May 2010