This Admissions Policy should be considered in conjunction with the St. Joseph’s Secondary School Code of Discipline and the Education Act 1998. The procedures outlined in this policy may, from time to time as circumstances demand, be varied or altered.
St. Joseph’s Secondary School was established to cater for the educational needs of young people in the Ballybunion area of North Kerry. Since its inception, the school has established close links with the local National Schools in Ballybunion, Kilconley, Asdee, and Lisselton and has accepted all students from these schools into First Year who have completed enrollment procedures and sat the assessment examination. Students from other schools may also be invited to complete the enrollment and assessment procedures. Enrollments to all years or courses are subject, in the first instance, to a place being available.
Admission is subject to the following conditions
That, in the professional judgement of the School Authority, the student/participant, because of previous education, training or experience, is considered likely to benefit from attendance.
That the participation of the student/applicant will contribute positively to the school and not infringe, in any way, upon the opportunities or rights of other students or staff.
The Parent /Guardian and the student shall be given a copy of the code of discipline to read and sign.
The Board of Management of the school shall not refuse to admit as a student, a child, in respect of whom an application to be so admitted has been made, except where such refusal is in accordance with the published admission policy of the school.
All disputes in relation to admission will be referred to St. Joseph’s Secondary School Board of Management.
Enrollment and Assessment Procedures
In November prior to the forthcoming academic year, contact is made with prospective students to First Year. Parents are invited to attend an Information Meeting in the school. Shortly after this meeting, parents and prospective students will attend for enrollment in the school. This enrollment usually takes place on a Saturday morning. Early in February, students will attend for on Assessment Examination. This is again normally held in the school on a Saturday morning. Further assessment tests take place in the primary schools in the months of May and June and are set by the primary school class teachers.
Where places are limited, prospective First Year students who wish to enroll but who have not attended for these procedures will be placed on a waiting list. These students, in the company of their parents, are required to arrange an interview with the Principal/Deputy Principal. While recognizing the right of parents to enroll their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of St. Joseph’s Secondary School has a responsibility 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 all children. Assisting the school in such circumstances, the BOM reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind:
Size of / available space in classroom.
Educational needs of children of a particular age.
Presence of children with special educational/ behavioral needs.
Department’s maximum class average directives. (currently a maximum average of 30 children and 24 in practical classes)
Pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy, available space and in some cases the approval of the Dept. of Education and Science. Parents who transfer their child to St. Joseph’s Secondary School will be required to authorize the previous school to supply information concerning attendance and educational progress at his/her previous school. The parent /guardian shall meet with the school Principal/Deputy Principal to discuss the transfer.
Enrollment of Children with Special Needs
The B.O.M. of St. Joseph’s Secondary School supports the principle of inclusiveness and children with disabilities or other special educational needs will be enrolled in the school. When a parent/guardian of a child with a disability or special needs applies for enrollment a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report will be requested or where such a report is not available, the parent/guardian will be asked to authorize to have the child assessed immediately. The purpose of the assessment 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 Board will assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the report.
If the Board deems that further resources are required it will, prior to enrollment, request the Dept. of Education and Science, to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report. These resources may include access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialized equipment or furniture, transport services or other.
Under the Education Act 1998, Section 29, parents have a right to appeal a refusal by a school to enroll a student.