Applications are assessed by the Enrolment Committee based on the criteria outlined above. The Enrolment Committee is approved by the Board of Management and consists of the School Principal, Deputy Principal and four post-holders. The Enrolment Committee meets regularly to discuss information contained in application packs and to share information gained from visiting a pupil during a school observation.
Parents, guardians, professionals and students may be invited to visit St. Augustine’s School during school hours by arrangement. Such visits may help all stakeholders to decide if St. Augustine’s School can meet a student’s needs. On such visits, information on programmes offered and facilities available in our school will be shared.
The Enrolment Committee may decide to conduct a school observation for certain applicants. However, this may not be possible in some cases. Using their professional knowledge and experience, the committee formulates a professional opinion regarding each application and may advise parents/ guardians and other professionals regarding alternative options in the event of a refusal to enrol a pupil. The Enrolment Committee prepares a report and makes a recommendation to the Board of Management. On receipt of all the relevant reports and on completion of necessary meetings/visits, a decision will then be made by the Board of Management as to the suitability of St. Augustine’s School for the prospective student. A letter of offer, signed by the Chairperson, is forwarded to the parent/guardian of successful applicants on behalf of the Board of Management. Similarly, a letter of refusal is sent to unsuccessful applicants.
The principal may meet with prospective students and parents/guardians. Vacancies that occur following the completion of the enrolment process are offered to the next placed suitable applicant from the appropriate group.
Parents of successful applicants are asked to complete an Acceptance of School Placement Form.
If your child has been offered a placement, the school principal then writes to the NCSE asking for approval of transport arrangements and other appropriate resources. You will be notified during the summer, usually in July, before your child commences regarding a start date, school uniform, school rules, etc. If you have any queries/concerns about your child’s application, please contact the school.
Right to Appeal
Where an application is not successful, the parent or guardian will be advised of their right to appeal to the Chairperson of the School Board of Management in the first instance. This in no way affects your rights under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
Normally admission to the school will occur within the first week of the new academic school year depending on the number of students being enrolled in a given year (we phase in 6-8 new students per day). Admission at any other time throughout the school year will be at the discretion of the Board of Management.
In accordance with the terms and conditions laid down by the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, Section 23.2, a student may be suspended or expelled. This action will only be taken where there is no alternative and where the safety of students and/or staff is at risk. The regulations of Tusla – Child and Family Agency will be followed at all times.
Application forms, school information and further information detailing the enrolment procedure are made available to parents/guardians or other referral agencies following contact with our school. Information is available on our school website or by phoning 01-2881771.
It is recognised that this enrolment policy may need to be revised/modified from time to time in the light of on-going evaluation of new approaches and the implications of relevant future enrolment
Amended at Board of Management meeting of 23rd August 2016
Amended at Board of Management meeting of 22nd June 2017
Date of Next Review: September 2019 (or as deemed necessary by Board of Management)
Signed: Marian Coughlan
Chairperson, Board of Management
Signed: David O’ Brien