School Enrolment and Admissions Policy
Kilmagner National School is a co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Cloyne. The school aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all pupils: cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people and promotes a Christian philosophy of life.
There are 3 full time classroom teachers, including the principal, 2 resource/learning support teachers. The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth class.
Code of Behaviour:
Children enrolled in Kilmagner, 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(ren) co-operate with these policies in an age-appropriate way. A copy of the Code of Behaviour will be issued to all parents and each parent will be requested to sign an undertaking to uphold the school Code of Behaviour and policy.
Kilmagner N.S. operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants and teachers resourced by the Department o Education and Science. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. Kilmagner N.S. follows the curricular programme as laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.
The Board of Management will communicate generally to the school community through appropriate channels e.g. newsletter, parish bulletin, www mycoolagown.com for enrolment procedures.
Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Kilmagner N.S. should return a completed enrolment application form (available in the school office) with an original birth certificate to the school by 30th April each year. Parents of children enrolled in Junior Infants will be invited to an open evening in the school in June each year.
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 circumstances.
To assist the school in circumstances of over crowding, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind Department of Education and Skills guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions. Other factors that may be considered are:
- Pupils residing within the parish
- Existing families/siblings already attending our school.
Children with Special Needs:
Children with special needs enrolling in Kilmagner N.S. will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills to the Board of Management.
The Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and /or phychological report 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 support 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 parents of any special needs child to discuss the school’s suitability for the child. If necessary a full case conference may be called including parents, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource and psychologist or social workers as appropriate.
It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a child pending assessment report and/or provision of resources by the Department of Education and Skills to meet the needs specified by in the psychological and a medical report.
Pupils transferring from another local school are only accepted at the beginning of the school year. Those moving house into the area are accepted throughout the school year.
Parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management. It 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 the appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science 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 the refusal from the school to enroll.