Admissions Policy

General Information

The Board of Management of Newbridge Educate Together N.S. in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 developed this enrolment policy to assist parents in relation to enrolment matters. Furthermore the school Principal Eimear Carey would be happy to clarify any matters arising from the policy.

Newbridge Educate Together N.S. is under the patronage of Educate Together therefore our ethos is multi-denominational, democratic, co-educational and child-centred. The school values and supports the principles of inclusiveness, equality of access and participation, parental choice and respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions and languages.

Newbridge Educate Together has the following staff:

Principal, nine class teachers, 3 learning support/resource teachers, an ESL teacher, 1 part-time special needs assistants and a secretary.

Additional support, when sanctioned by the Department of Education and Science, is available as the need arises, including resource teaching hours and classroom assistants.

The school teaches all levels from Junior Infants to Sixth class.

Our school day begins at 8:30 and finishes at 14:10.

Newbridge Educate Together N.S. depends on grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department. The policy of the school therefore, must have regard to resources and funding available. The school follows 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.

Enrolment Procedures

The school operates a Pre-Enrolment List (for Junior Infants) and a Waiting List (for Senior Infants to Sixth class). Allocation of places is on a “first come first served basis”. No guarantee of places is given or implied by pre-enrolment. Children may be placed on the pre-enrolment list from birth.

Junior Infants are entitled to start in Newbridge Educate Together National School if they are four years old before June 1st of that year.  Parents can choose to pre-enrol their child for that year or the following year when they are five.

Pre-Enrolment Procedure

Pre-enrolment forms can be obtained from the school and/or the website. A pre-enrolment form must be submitted for EACH child.

Upon receipt of completed application the pre-enrolment officer assigns each pre-enrolment form with a sequential pre-enrolment number. Each pre-enrolment is acknowledged. Priority for a place in the school is determined solely by the date on which a child’s name in entered on the pre-enrolment list.

The Board of management’s policy is that children are enrolled on a First come first served basis.

Places will be offered in January/February and parents/guardians are requested to complete and return the confirmation form before a specified date. If the confirmation form is not returned by the specified date then the child’s name is removed from the list.

Parents/Guardians must also bring in the child’s Birth Certificate prior to the child starting school.

Deferral Policy

When a Junior Infant place is offered to a child and a request for a deferral is made, it is considered in consultation with the Principal and the Chairperson of the Board of Management. Junior Infants who have taken up an offer of a place in the school and defer after the school year has started, will be treated as if the deferral had taken place before the beginning of the school year. Junior Infants’ actual enrolment may be deferred for a maximum of one year. Where deferral is agreed there will be no disadvantage to the child (s/he will be slotted into the following year’s list according to the original date of pre-enrolment. Deferrals in all other instances, i.e. Senior Infants to Sixth class are simply added to the Waiting List of the relevant class. All requests for deferrals must be made in writing to Eimear Carey.

Waiting List Procedures

The Waiting List contains new pre-enrolments for classes from Senior Infants to Sixth class and deferrals, entered according to date of pre-enrolment or notification of deferral.

For example, a child 12th in priority and eligible for 2nd class in 2004 is given the Waiting List number 2nd/04/12.

It is important to be aware that as the school grows, availability will become extremely limited in the higher classes.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, it is open to the Principal to request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, to request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of the report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required.

Following receipt of the report, the Principal, Chairperson and appropriate class teacher should assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the report. Where the further resources are required, a request should be made to the Department of Education and Science to provide the resources required meeting the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report.

All relevant resources must be put in place before the child commences in this school.  In cases where the resources are pending, the school may have to defer commencement of the child in the school until such a time as the appropriate resources are put in place in the school.

These resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.

The school should 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.

Pupils Transferring

The Education Welfare Act (2000) contains specific provisions in relation to transfer of pupils, including the requirement that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress is communicated between schools.

Children transferring from another school must follow the above procedures. Pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to available space and in some cases approval by the Department of Education and Science.

Change of Address

It is vitally important that any change of address is notified to the school in writing, along with telephone numbers or any other relevant circumstances.

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in Newbridge Educate Together N.S. are required to support the Code of Behaviour and also the ethos of our school