ENROLMENT POLICY

Bunscoil Chríost Rí is a co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Bishop Dr John Buckley of Cork and Ross. 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 thirty full-time teachers in the school, including the principal, twenty-one classroom teachers, and eight educational and language support teachers. There is one additional shared educational support teacher. The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.


Children enrolled in Bunscoil Chríost Rí, 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 (or children) 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.


Bunscoil Chríost Rí, operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants and teachers resourced by the Department of Education and Science. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. Bunscoil Chríost Rí follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science.


Application Procedure

The Board of Management will communicate generally to the school community through appropriate channels e.g.: newsletter, parish bulletin, parents’ letters to outline the application for enrolment procedures.


Parents seeking to enrol their child (or children) in Bunscoil Chríost Rí should return a completed enrolment application form (available in the office) with an original birth/adoption certificate to the school by the end of November. In exceptional circumstances (e.g.: moving house into the parish) and taking cognisance of the children already enrolled, applications will be given consideration up to April 30th. Parents of children enrolled in Junior Infants will be invited to an open day in the school.


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.


While recognising the rights of the parents to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Bunscoil Chríost Rí has also the responsiblity to respect the rights of the existing school community and, in particular, the children already enrolled. This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the principles of natural justice and acting in the best interest of the children.


The completion of an application form or the placement of your child’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.


Decision making

Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management. Parents will be notified of acceptance of their children and, as a general principle, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available and the child has reached his/her 4th birthday, although compulsory attendance does not apply until the child is six years of age.


To assist the school in such 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 Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions. Other factors that may be considered are:



Bunscoil Chríost Rí, on the sole authority of the Principal, reserves the right to change the composition of classes and class sizes by adding or removing pupils, by splitting and/or recombining classes for administrative and/or disciplinary reasons, or for any other reason that, in the opinion of the Principal, contributes to best practice in the school.


In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:

  1. Brothers and sisters (including step-siblings resident at same address) of children already enrolled with priority going to the eldest.
  2. Children living within the parish – with priority going to the eldest.
  3. Children whose home address is closest to the school.
  4. Children of, or siblings of, past pupils.


In the event of being unable to enrol a child (or children) from categories A, B, C or D in a given class at the beginning of a year, or mid-year, such children will receive priority (in order of A, B, C, D) for the subsequent school year over other children on the class waiting.


Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area. Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules for National Schools, Education Welfare Act and the school’s enrolment policy.


Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs enrolling in Bunscoil Chríost Rí, will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management


The Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological 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, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services, and so forth.


The school will meet with the parents of the 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 teacher and psychologist(s) or social worker(s) 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 Science to meet the needs specified by in the psychological and a medical report.


Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are unsatisfied with level of educational provision in our school are advised to consider a special school, which is designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.


Appeals Procedure

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 this 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 enrol.