First Year Admissions Policy

FIRST YEAR STUDENT APPLICATION FORM AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE (IN WORD FORMAT)

Coláiste Íosagáin
Portarlington

School Admissions Policy

Introduction

Coláiste ĺosagáin, Portarlington is a catholic voluntary secondary school and its ethos is guided by the CEIST charter values. The school is under the Trusteeship of CEIST (Catholic Education in an Irish Schools Trust). The characteristic spirit of the school is based on a Christian Education in the Catholic tradition. Coláiste ĺosagáin promotes the development of a community of faith inspired by Gospel values. The community of the school works in a holistic manner to ensure that dependence is gradually replaced by responsibility for self, society and the world. The dignity of each student, staff member and parent is respected and reflected in school policies and structures, including this policy. While educational excellence is promoted, it is the needs of the learner that direct the development of the school. The school promotes a spirit of service and care.

Our School Admissions Policy set out below complies with all current national legislation and Department of Education and Science circulars. It is also in line with the Presentation Sisters’ and Christian Brothers’ respective philosophies and the school’s Mission Statement. Our Vision is guided by the ethos of the Presentation Sisters and the Christian Brothers. The characteristic spirit of the school is based on a Christian education in the Catholic tradition. In Coláíste ĺosagáin we endeavour to provide an education for the whole person, where respect and care for all are central values, enabling each one to achieve their own potential.

Policy scope, rationale and goals

Scope

This document sets out the policy of the school in respect of admissions to the school.

Rationale

This policy aims to ensure that 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 of the CEIST charter values, the school’s Mission Statement and legislative requirements.

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.

Goals

To put in place criteria under which applications shall be considered.
To specify what information is required by the school at the time of application.
To inform parent(s)/legal guardian(s) about the school, its programmes, activities and procedures.
To outline the Board of Management of Colaiste Iosagain’s (hereinafter the Board”) right to refuse to enrol an applicant.
To outline the right of appeal of parent(s)/legal guardian(s) where an application is refused.

Application for admission

Application forms for admission are available from Colaiste Iosagain traditional feeder schools (listed in Schedule “A”) or the school office. This Admissions Policy is displayed on the school website.
Coláiste Íosagáin will organise an Information Session for admission to First Year in order that parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may inform themselves about the school. Prospective students are expected to attend this Information Session accompanied by their parent(s)/legal guardian(s).
In respect of admissions to First Year the Board traditionally decides upon the number of places available on an annual basis and this number shall be communicated to parent(s)/legal guardian(s) at the Information Session.
The closing date and time for receipt of application for admission to First Year shall be the second last Friday in January of each year on or before 2.00pm. This date may be changed at the discretion of the Board. All other applications for admission to any other Year shall be submitted during School term.
Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) shall complete and sign the application form. It is a matter for a Parent/Legal Guardian to be satisfied that the school has received a completed application form. All completed application forms shall be marked with the date of receipt.
Applicants for Admission to First Year shall be given priority in accordance with the provisions set out hereunder.
Late applications for First Year shall only be considered where the number of First Year places available has not been filled and will be given priority on time of receipt basis but only if places become available.
Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may be required to furnish further information regarding their child’s educational progress and, upon request, to cooperate with the schools attempts to identify the educational or other relevant needs of the child.
In respect of admission to any Year other than First year Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of applicants may be required to furnish the names and addresses of all second-level schools previously attended by the applicant, copies of the two most recent school reports of applicant and copies of results (awarded to applicant) of any state examination.

Admission criteria for entry into First Year

The following is the order of priority:-

1. Places shall be offered to applicants who are siblings of current or past students of Coláiste Iosagáin and who are at the time of application attending one of the feeder primary schools.
2. Unfilled places shall thereafter be offered to children of past pupils of the current or former post primary schools (namely St Josephs CBS, St John’s Vocational school and Scoil Mhuire Presentation School) in Portarlington town provided such children are at the time of application attending one of the feeder primary schools.
3. Unfilled places shall thereafter be offered to applicants whose parent/legal guardian, at the time of application, is an employee or member of the Board.
4. Unfilled places shall thereafter be offered to applicants who attend one of the feeder primary schools.
5. Should places remain unfilled all other applicants will be considered.
6. In the event that the number of applicants in any of the above criteria exceeds the number of places available, places shall be offered on the basis of an independent lottery as mandated by the Board. Should places subsequently become available places shall thereafter be offered to the highest ranking as listed by the lottery process.

Decision-making process for admission

Decisions regarding admission to Coláiste Íosagáin rest with the Board.

The Board delegates the management of the process to the Principal who decides on such matters in accordance with this School Admissions Policy. The Principal in turn may refer any application to the Board for decision.

A decision regarding an application to Coláiste Íosagáin for admission shall be communicated in writing to the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) not later than 21 working days following the closing date for applications.

Right of Refusal

The Board reserves the right to delay the commencement of an applicant’s admission pending the provision of required resources or required information.

Where the Board refuses, in accordance with this School Admissions Policy, to enrol an applicant to a school year other than First Year this refusal will be notified to the National Education Welfare Board.

The Board reserves the right to refuse to enrol an applicant in certain circumstances such as but not limited to the following: -

1. The student may be deemed to have particular needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills, the school cannot meet such needs and provide the student with an appropriate education.
2. The Board may consider that the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.
3. The behaviour record of a student in his/her previous school is such that the Board considers that it compromises the enterprise of the school.
4. The Board may consider that there has not been a satisfactory level of cooperation between the previous school(s) and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s)
5. The Board may consider that the attendance record of the student in his/her previous school was unsatisfactory.
6. In the opinion of the Board a meaningful education cannot be offered. This may be due to the limitations of subject provision and the unavailability of certain subjects if classes are full. The Board will not create extra classes or subjects if there are insufficient student numbers or resources to justify them.

Right of Appeal

Where an applicant is refused admission to Coláiste Íosagáin his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will be advised of their right to appeal the Board decision in accordance with the provisions of Section 29 of the 1998 Education Act.

SCHEDULE A

Presentation Primary School, St. Patrick’s BNS, Sandy Lane Primary School, Emo National School, Walsh Island Primary School, Bracknagh Primary School, Cloneyhurke Primary School, Rath Primary School, St. John’s National School Killenard & Cloneygowan National School.

Application to repeat a school year

All applications to repeat a school year are subject to Department of Education and Science Circular M02/95 and will be considered accordingly and in the light of places available in the relevant school year. The Department of Education and Science generally restricts education for students at second level to a maximum of six years and does not allow students to repeat a year except in exceptional circumstances.

Any application must be in writing and should set out the reason(s) for the application to repeat a school year and be accompanied by supporting documentation as appropriate. Closing date for receipt of applications is the 20 September in each year. Where 20 September falls on a Saturday or Sunday the closing date for receipt of applications is the Monday following 20 September.

Leaving Certificate Applied programme – Repeat Candidates
An application to repeat/complete the Leaving Certificate Applied programme will be subject to Department of Education and Science Circular S62/03.
Applicants who wish to repeat specific sessions of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme will also be subject to this circular.
An application will also be considered in the light of places available in the relevant school year.
An application should be in writing, should state reason(s) for the application to repeat Leaving Certificate Applied programme or specific sessions and should be accompanied by supporting documentation as appropriate.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 20 September. Where 20 September falls on a Saturday or Sunday the closing date for receipt of applications is the Monday following 20 September.

Decision-making process regarding applications to repeat a school year
Decisions regarding applications to repeat a school year in Coláiste Íosagáin rest with the Department of Education and Science and the school’s Board of Management.
The Board may, in turn, delegate the management of its part of the process to the Principal who decides on such matters in accordance with this School Admissions Policy. The Principal in turn may refer any application to the Board of Management for decision.
Where individual applications have to be referred to the Department of Education and Skills for decision, the school will communicate the decision of the Department of Education and Skills to parent(s)/legal guardian(s) when it is received.

Right of refusal regarding applications to repeat a school year
The Board of Management of Coláiste Íosagáin reserves the right to refuse an application to repeat a school year in accordance with Department of Education and Science Circular M02/95 and with criteria laid down in this School Admissions Policy.
The Board of Management of Coláiste Íosagáin reserves the right to delay the commencement of an applicant pending the provision of required resources or required information.

Leaving Certificate Applied programme – Repeat Candidates
An application to repeat/complete the Leaving Certificate Applied programme will be subject to Department of Education and Science Circular S62/03.
Applicants who wish to repeat specific sessions of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme will also be subject to this circular.
An application will also be considered in the light of places available in the relevant school year.
An application should be in writing, should state reason(s) for the application to repeat Leaving Certificate Applied programme or specific sessions and should be accompanied by supporting documentation as appropriate.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 20 September. Where 20 September falls on a Saturday or Sunday the closing date for receipt of applications is the Monday following 20 September.

Right of appeal regarding applications to repeat a school year
Where an applicant is refused an application to repeat a school year in Coláiste Íosagáin his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will be advised of their right to appeal the Board of Management’s decision in accordance with the provisions of the 1998 Education Act (Section 29).

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Transition Year Programme

Transition Year is a one-year programme. It provides a bridge to enable students make the transition from Junior Cycle to Senior Cycle. In Colaiste Iosagain the Transition Year Programme is primarily designed to
• Foster academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate Programme.
• Promote independent learning at all levels, self-motivation and maturity.
As well as
• Encouraging personal and social development.
• The need for students to grow in independence and a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative skills.

Provision of the Transition Year Programme in Coláiste ĺosagáin, Portarlington
In accordance with the school’s ethos and the needs of the total student population, the Board of Management hopes to make the Transition Year Programme available on an annual basis.
The provision of the Transition Year Programme on an annual basis is dependent on the school’s resources and on feasibility.
Application for admission to Transition Year Programme
Coláiste Íosagáin will organise an Information Session in order that parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may inform themselves about the Transition Year Programme. Applicants for Transition Year Programme are expected to attend this Information Session, accompanied by their parent(s)/legal guardian(s). .
The closing date for receipt of application forms will be specified on the form.
Applicants should complete and sign the application form and Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) should counter sign it.
Completed application forms will also be marked with the date of receipt.
Admission will be on the basis of completed application form and formal interview process if necessary.
If the number of applications exceed the number of places an interview process will result in the ranking of applicants; criteria for ranking will be communicated to students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) at the Information Session and will be in line with the Department of Education and Science’s programme description outlined in Transition Year Programmes and referenced above.
Decision making process for admission to Transition Year Programme

The Board may delegate the management of the process to the Principal who decides on such matters in accordance with this School Admissions Policy.

Decisions regarding admission to Transition Year Programme rest with the Principal on the recommendations of the Interview Panel. The decision of the Principal will be final.
A decision regarding application to Transition Year Programme will be communicated in writing to parent(s)/legal guardian(s) within 21 school days.

Late applications for admission to Transition Year Programme shall only be considered where the number of places available in a given school year has not been filled.

The Interview Panel
The Interview Panel will be appointed by the Principal. The composition of the Interview Panel will remain unchanged for the duration of the interviews.

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Leaving Certificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied has as its primary objective the preparation of participants for adult and working life through relevant learning experiences which develop the following areas of human endeavour; spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and physical. In addition the Leaving Certificate Applied
Is intended to meet the needs of those students who (i) choose not to opt for other Leaving Certificate programmes; or (ii) are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes (Department of Education and Science, Circular M3/95).

Provision of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme in Coláiste ĺosagáin, Portarlington
In accordance with the school’s ethos and the needs of the total student population, the Board of Management hopes to make the Leaving Certificate Applied programme available on an annual basis.
The provision of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme on an annual basis is dependent on the school’s resources.
Taking into account the school’s ethos, the needs of the total student population and the school’s resources it is hoped to provide the Leaving Certificate Applied programme for one or two groups of students on an annual basis.

Application for admission to Leaving Certificate Applied
Coláiste Íosagáin will organise an Information Session in order that parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may inform themselves about Leaving Certificate Applied. Applicants for Leaving Certificate Applied are expected to attend this Information Session, accompanied by their parent(s)/legal guardian(s).
The closing date for receipt of application forms will be specified on the form.
Applicants should complete and sign the application form and Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) should counter sign the form.
Completed application forms will also be marked with the date of receipt.
Admission will be on the basis of completed application form and formal interview process.
Application and interview will result in the ranking of applicants; criteria for ranking will be communicated to students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) at the Information Session and will be in line with the programme’s primary objective, outlined in the Department of Education and Science’s Circular M3/95 and referenced above.

Decision making process for admission to Leaving Certificate Applied

The Board may delegate the management of the process to the Principal who decides on such matters in accordance with the school’s School Admissions Policy.

Decisions regarding admission to Leaving Certificate Applied rest with the Principal on the recommendation of the Interview Panel. The decision of the Principal will be final.

A decision regarding application to Leaving Certificate Applied will be communicated in writing to parent(s)/legal guardian(s) within 21 school days.
Late applications for admission to Leaving Certificate Applied shall only be considered where the number of places available in a given school year has not been filled.

The Interview Panel

The Interview Panel will be appointed by the Principal. The composition of the Interview Panel will remain unchanged for the duration of the interviews.

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Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme links selected subjects, in accordance with Department of Education and Science guidelines, with the world of work and enterprise; the programme includes link modules.

Application for admission to Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
Coláiste Íosagáin will offer an Information Session regarding Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.
Fifth Year students, with qualifying subject combination, will be encouraged to study the relevant link modules of the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.

This Policy was approved on February 9 2015 by the Board of Management Colaiste Iosagain


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**************** Admission to Special Education Needs Unit ****************

The Board of Management has decided that due to resources one class with a maximum of six pupils will be available from September 1st 2015.

Criteria for Entry

• The school prioritises and limits access to the Unit where the number of applications exceed the number of spaces.

• Only applicants that are diagnosed in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) range are eligible to apply. This diagnosis is based on the current Department of Education guidelines.

• Priority is given to 6th Class pupils from the normal ten feeder primary schools.(see Admissions Policy) If the number of applicants exceed the number of places selection will be by means of a lottery.

• Followed by students diagnosed with ASD currently enrolled in Colaiste Iosagain. Of these, priority will be given to the youngest pupils.

• Followed by 6th Class pupils who have not attended the 10 normal feeder primary schools. If the number of applicants exceed the number of places selection will be by means of a lottery.

• Finally late applications are considered with priority given to the earliest submitted applicant.

• All applications must be submitted in the normal way on the standard school application forms.

• The School Principal is responsible for implementing these guidelines under the direction of the Board of Management.

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