Scoil Na Coróine Mhuire, Ashford.
Admissions and Participation Policy
Phone/Fax 0404-40424. E-mail
Founded in 1952 Scoil Na Coróine Mhuire is a Roman Catholic co-educational primary school under
the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin and the Trusteeship of the St. Lorcan O’Toole Trust.
As a Roman Catholic School, we aim to promote the full and harmonious development of all pupils -
cognitively, intellectually, physically, culturally, morally and spiritually.
The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth class. It is a co-educational,
inclusive school and caters for children of all abilities. There are 16 full time teachers, including the
principal, 2 learning support teachers and a resource teacher, employed in the school. Special
Needs Assistants are assigned to the school by the Department of Education and Science to enable
the inclusion of certain children with special educational needs.
Scoil Na Coróine operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is
funded by grants. The Department of Education and Science resource staff. The school is subject to
The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special
Education Needs Act (2004) equality law and all other relevant legislation. We follow the curricular
programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science.
The Admissions policy
The Admissions Policy has been formulated in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act
1998 in order to assist Parents in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of
Management or the Principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.
Application forms are available in the school office. Parents seeking to enrol children should return a
completed application form with an official identification of age such as an original birth/adoption
certificate, to the school. Official enrolment –Oct/Nov each year. Notice of Enrolment Week will be
sent to parents, announced at mass and through the Ashford notes in the Wicklow People. Parents
of children enrolled in Junior Infants will be invited to a meeting in the school in June each year.
• Children will be enrolled on application provided that there is a vacancy.
• Junior Infants are enrolled in September provided the child has reached his/her 4th birthday.
Normally, Junior Infants will only be enrolled during the year if transferring from another
school. This is for educational reasons as the curriculum is progressive and it is necessary for
the child to complete a full year. • The Board of Management makes decisions in relation to application for enrolment.
• Parents will be informed of acceptance of the child to the school as soon as possible
• 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.
• 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.
• Parents/Guardians will be asked to fill out an application form covering the following
Pupils name, age and address,
Names and addresses of pupils parents/guardians,
Contact telephone numbers,
Emergency contact numbers,
Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of,
Previous school attended – reason for transfer.
Any other relevant information (including any such other information as may be prescribed
under the Education Welfare Act 2000 and subsequent acts.)
Children enrolled in Scoil Na Coróine Mhuire, 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 and a copy of the Ethos Statement will be issued to all parents.
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment exceeding the number of places available
the following criteria, in this order, will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:
1. Brothers and sisters of children already enrolled (including stepsiblings, resident at same
address) and Catholic children living in Ashford. Likewise children of staff in the school will
have similar rights.
In the event that there are more of this category than can be accommodated then the board of
management may have to resort to methods such as cut off dates (of birth), closing dates etc.
(Classes are considered full when they reach the number stated by the Department of Education
and Science – at present this is 28)
2. Catholic children who live outside Ashford and who do not have a Catholic school in their
3. All children who live within the parish boundaries but are not Catholic.
4. Catholic children from outside the parish.
5. All children who apply to the school and are not Catholics and not resident in the parish.
6. In the event of being unable to enrol children in any year, the child’s name will be placed on
the waiting list in accordance with the criteria as above.
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 school’s admissions and participation policy.
The Board of Management determines the maximum number of children in the school based on the
Department of Education’s recommended enrolment at the time.
Children with Special Needs
Children with special educational needs are welcome to enrol in the school and every effort will be
made to provide them with an appropriate education as well as to include them in every aspect of
school life. The child enrolling in our school 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 copies of relevant reports 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 supports 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 the special needs child to discuss the school’s suitability for
the child. If considered necessary, a full case conference may be called which could include parents,
class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher and psychologist or social workers as
The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil in exceptional cases. Such an
exceptional case could arise where either:
1. The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the
Department of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide
the pupil with an appropriate education.
2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other
pupils, to school staff or to school property.
(See Appeals Procedure below)
Children of other faiths or no faith
Bearing in mind the Catholic ethos of the school, every effort will be made so that the school is as
inclusive as possible. While Catholic education and the ethos of the school permeates the day,
children of other faiths or none, where request is made in writing, will be excused from attendance
at formal religious instruction classes and specifically Catholic liturgies. As far as is possible, in
consultation with parents, suitable alternative arrangements will be made in order to facilitate this.
It will not be possible however to provide religious instruction in other faiths.
In line with Section 28 of the Education Act 1998, parents who are dissatisfied with an enrolment
decision may appeal to the Board of Management. This appeal 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. The school will issue an appeal form to the parents/guardians. This appeal must be
lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enroll.
Signed __________________________________________ Chairperson