Rathmichael Parish National School Admissions / Enrolment Policy

Please note that Application Forms for 2017 will be available for collection from the School Office only (they will not be on the website), from Monday 7th November. These should be returned fully completed (particularly the mandatory fields) by Monday 21st November at the latest.


Rathmichael Parish National School is under Church of Ireland Management and the Patron is the Archbishop of Dublin. The primary responsibility of the school is to serve the Church of Ireland communities within the catchment area.

Rathmichael Parish National School will endeavour to uphold the doctrines, moral teachings, traditions, practices and customs of the Church of Ireland.

Rathmichael Parish N.S. supports the principle of respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

Rathmichael Parish N.S. follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education & Skills. These programmes are amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.

These are the school’s Admissions Policy, and procedures relating to application and enrolment.

1. A Notification Of Intention To Apply form is available from the school on request and may be completed prior to applications by families wishing to indicate their interest in enrolling their children in the school in the future.

2. Where a Notification Of Intention To Apply form has already been lodged, the school will contact prospective applicants with regard to collecting their Application Form and will email the form’s accompanying documents to the email address given at the time it was lodged, or to a new address, if such has subsequently been advised to the school. This will normally occur around the same time as Application Forms become available in the November of the year prior to proposed enrolment in the school.

3. During the first two weeks of November of the year prior to proposed enrolment (or as may be advised depending on time of the mid-term break), parents/guardians of prospective pupils may collect an Application Form from the school office. All Application Forms issued are accompanied (via email) by a copy of the Ethos Statement and Code of Behaviour. The Code of Behaviour includes the school’s policy relating to the suspension and expulsion of students.

4. The Application Form must be returned to the school office within the timescale specified on the application form.

5. Only those forms that have been COMPLETED IN FULL and are accompanied by relevant supporting documentation will be considered by the Board of Management.

6. Completion of the Application Form does not guarantee a place at the school.

7. Early completion of the Form is not a factor in the allocation of places.

8. Children enrolling in Junior Infants in September need to be 4 years of age by 1st June of year of entry.

9. The Board Of Management will consider all applications and aims to issue decisions within 21 days of the closing date for return of completed Application Forms.

10. The Board Of Management will, in light of Sections 6(e), 9(m) and 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1988, give consideration to the following:

a)    the number of available spaces in the school, which in turn involves but is not limited to the number of pupils expected to leave the school, the size of all classrooms, the deployment of teachers, the Department of Education & Skills’ guidelines in relation to class size, the effect of the intake on the division/pairing of classes, the resources of the school

b)    the religious denomination of the applicant child

c)    the place of residence of the applicant child

11. Siblings of pupils already in the school are not automatically entitled to a place. When oversubscription occurs in any particular category, priority within such category will be given to siblings of pupils already enrolled in the school who belong in that category only as per 18 below.

12. Catchment area is defined by parish boundaries of the parishes named in 18 below, and/or by proximity to the school.

13. Unsuccessful applicants may have their names placed on a waiting list and places may be offered, should they become available. In the case of a child who is not allocated a place, the waiting list does not automatically carry forward to the subsequent year. Parents should contact the school in writing if they wish to renew an application for their child.

14. The Board of Management may seek further clarification from applicants before making a decision.

15. Parents/Guardians of all applicants can expect, in normal circumstances, to be informed in writing of the Board’s decision within 21 working days of the specified date of receipt of applications.

16. A subsequent review of a decision by the Board may be requested, generally on the grounds only of additional information not previously submitted at the time of application.

17. Unsuccessful applicants may also appeal the decision of the Board under Section 29 (1)(C) of the Education Act 1998.

18. Rathmichael National School is a Church of Ireland school. Priority for places is therefore given in the following order:

A) All children of parishioners of Rathmichael Church of Ireland Parish who are 4 years old on the 1st June of year of entry to school. (Qualification in this category is to be proved by the child’s name being on the parish register and/or by the signature of the Incumbent appearing on the application form).

B) Children of parishioners of Tullow Parish and children of members of Crinken Church (Qualification in this category is to be proved by the signature of the Incumbent on the application form).

C) Children who are members of Protestant, Reformed, Old Catholic, Porvoo Communions, Mar Thoma, Eastern Orthodox or Oriental Orthodox Churches and are living within the Parishes listed in a) and b) above and/or in the broader school catchment area. (Qualification in this category is to be proved by letter from a Church leader and/or their signature on the application form).

D) Children of inter-church families living in proximity to the school where parents express a wish to have their child educated specifically within a Church of Ireland ethos. (Indicated as per the Application Form)

E) Children of neighbouring Church of Ireland Parishes or other families within the catchment area where no place is available to them in their own school and only if there is a vacancy in this school which is not required by a parishioner during that school year.

F) Children who are members of churches that are involved in the Irish Inter Church Meeting i.e. Roman Catholic Church and children of other Christian denominations (signature of Incumbent required on application form)

G) Children of other faiths or none.

Where over-subscription occurs in any category above, siblings of existing pupils of the school, because the Board of Management believes it is in the best interests of the children in a family that they should, if possible, be educated together, will be given priority. Where further over-subscription occurs, a lottery system will be used. Names will be drawn in the presence of an observer to be agreed by the Board of Management. Applicants who are unsuccessful in this process will be advised of their position on the waiting list as it applies to their particular category.

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse admission where it deems there to be good and sufficient reason for doing so based on the criteria set out in this policy and its associated application and registration processes. Applicants retain the right to appeal such a decision.

Parents/Guardians of successful applicant children will be required to complete a Registration Form on behalf of their child, to confirm their acceptance of a place in the school. The school may make it a condition of acceptance that the Registration Form be accompanied by payment of a refundable deposit. In the event that required documentation (and payment if requested) not being received within 21 working days from the date the applicant is informed of the decision, then the child may not be enrolled and the placed may be offered to the next child so entitled.

On acceptance of a place in the school all parents are requested to attend the school, on a date in the term prior to entry, to meet with the Principal and Class Teacher.

Acceptance of a place in the school and completion of a Registration Form will confirm acceptance of and a willingness to support the school Ethos and Code of Behaviour by parents/guardians, and parents thus confirm that they will make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with the code by their child.  All School Policies are available from the School Office and several policies are also made available under the Policies section (see tab above).

Transfer policy

Applications, except in a case of change of residence are not generally entertained in the course of the school year. Applications made in these circumstances will be subject to school policy.

Where applications are received regarding transfer of a pupil from another school, consultation with that school’s authorities may be necessary.

Special Education Needs

The school endeavours to ensure that all reasonable accommodation is given to students with disabilities or special educational needs. They have access to, and are expected to participate in, all subjects and activities of the school subject to exclusions recognised in the Equal Status Act 2000. The school endeavours to make available learning support and other support where appropriate, subject to the resources and facilities forthcoming from the Department of Education and Skills.

For the purpose of ensuring that all necessary/available supports or adjustments can either be applied for to the relevant bodies or put in place in advance of the child’s arrival in the school, the school may seek information with regard to special educational needs or disability.

The Board of Management will review this policy annually and/or as required.

The policy was ratified by the Board Of Management.