Enrolment

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Expression of Interest

Parents/Guardians may submit an "Expression of Interest" in enrolling their child by phoning or visiting the school or via this web-site. On the basis of this, an application form will be sent out to parents/guardians in late January/early February. Completed Application Forms must then be returned to the school by the end of February.

 

Ethos

Powerstown National School is a Catholic school, under the patronage of the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore and parents who wish their children to attend this school must accept that the Catholic ethos will be maintained and nourished.

The Ethos of a Catholic School:  “A Catholic School aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil; intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic School provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.”

The school follows the 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.

Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act, and the funding, resources and accommodation available, the school supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Equality of access and participation in the school
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment
  • Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages, and ways of life in society.

 

Application Procedures

Parents/guardians who wish a place in Powerstown National School for their child must complete an enrolment application form and return it to the school before the designated closing date for receipt of applications. Completion of this application does not guarantee or constitute an offer of a place in the school.

It is necessary for applicants to fulfil two requirements before an application can be processed.

  • Applicants must prove residence if the address being supplied is in the parish of Powerstown/Lisronagh. Such proof could include a recent utility bill, social welfare card etc.
  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate shall have been given to the school for verification purposes.

In the event of any of the above information being falsified, any offer of a place shall be deemed invalid and shall be rescinded. 

In accepting children for enrolment the Board of Management must have regard for Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size, staffing provisions, accommodation (such as physical space, and the health and welfare of children)

Pupils shall be a minimum of four years of age on the 1st September in the year they are due to start school in Powerstown N.S.

 

Over – Subscription

Should places be limited due to the school being over-subscribed, priority will be given in the following order to:

 

Category 1:

a)      Children whose homes are in the parish of Powerstown/Lisronagh.

b)      The siblings of children who are pupils in the school.

c)      Children of school staff. 

 

Category 2:

a)      The siblings of children who were pupils in the school.

b)      The children of past pupils.

 

Category 3:

c)      Because of their proximity to the school and traditional attendance at the school, children from Springfields and Tivoli Heights, will be given priority over other localities outside of Categories 1 or 2.

 

Category 4:

d)     Children from other localities.

 

In each of the above Categories, the sub-categories are of equal standing so that children who live in the parish of Powerstown /Lisronagh do not have a greater right of access to the school than siblings of children already attending or the children of staff. Should it be necessary to further limit places within a category, due to lack of facilities, including accommodation, places will be offered according to age, with priority being given to the oldest children. A waiting list will be set up in accordance with the priority listing. Should a parent/guardian opt to re-apply for enrolment for the following year, such an application will accrue no greater entitlement to an offer of a place than the previous year ie. places will be allocated according to the categories listed above and further delineated with reference to the child’s date of birth.

Offers of places shall be sent to parents. Acceptances, in writing, shall be received by the Principal before the date specified in the letter of offer. Failure to accept a place in writing may result in the offered place being cancelled.

Further offers may then be made, depending on numbers, and places being available.

Once a place has been offered to a child, and written acceptance has been received by the Principal, this offer shall not be withdrawn in favour of late applicants. However, if a place has been accepted and subsequently declined, any later expression of interest in enrolment shall be dealt with as a late application.

A meeting for parents of new entrants will be held prior to the child starting school - usually in May/June.

 

Appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, any parent or guardian may appeal a school’s refusal to enrol his/her child. Procedures for this have been laid down and parents/guardians should contact the school principal for further information in this regard.

 

Adherence to Code of Discipline

Acceptance of a place in Powerstown N.S. indicates agreement on the part of parents/guardians to help implement the school’s Code of Discipline. The Code of Discipline outlines the rewards which may be given to reinforce good behaviour but also indicates the sanctions which may be imposed on students for misbehaviour, up to and including Suspension and Expulsion where these are deemed necessary. This Code is available for examination upon request and is also available on this web-site.

 

Enrolment of children with special needs

It is expected that parents will make the school aware of any health or other problems which their child is experiencing so that proper provisions may be put in place. The earlier the school knows of any specific needs a child may have, the earlier that supports can be provided.

Upon application and having been made aware of a child’s special needs, it is open to the Board of Management to request a copy of the child’s medical/psychological report, or, where such a report is unavailable, to request that the child be assessed immediately.

The purpose of this report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child, relevant to her/his disability, or special needs, and to profile the support services required.

The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs, and the school’s suitability, or capability in meeting these needs.  If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties can be held.

On receipt of the report, the Board of Management will decide what extra resources are required, and prior to the enrolment of the child will request the Department of Education and Science to provide whatever resources are necessary 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 visiting teacher service
  • Resource teacher for special needs
  • Special needs assistant
  • Specialized equipment or furniture

 

Pupils transferring

Pupils may transfer to Powerstown National School subject to acceptance of school policy, available space, and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Science.

The Education Welfare Act (2000) requires that information concerning attendance, and the child’s educational progress, should be communicated between schools.

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