Hedgestown National School

Enrolment -Admission Policy & Statement

Admission Policy of Hedgestown National School (Scroll to end for Admission Statement 2022/2023)

School Address: Lusk, Co.Dublin

Roll number: 17472 M

School Patron/s: Catholic Archbishop of Dublin

 
1.Introduction 

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school, in the following ways-All staff and parents notified of requirement to review and amend current policy, all notified of circular and provided with draft policy and invited to propose amendments for consideration by BOM.

The policy was approved by the school patron on July 16th 2020. It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.

The relevant dates and timelines for Hedgestown National School admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

 

Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

Hedgestown National School is a Catholic co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin.

“Catholic Ethos" in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting: 

(a) the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and

 (b) a living relationship with God and with other people; and 

(c) a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and

(d) the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith, 

and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference. 

 

In accordance with S. 15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of Hedgestown National School shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

 

Admission Statement 

Hedgestown National School will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

  • the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or 
  • the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

 

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’,  ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

 

Hedgestown National School is a co-ed vertical mainstream school.

Hedgestown National School does not have any special educational classes.

Hedgestown National School is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not Catholic and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the school/special class

Hedgestown National School does not have any classes which provide education exclusively  for children with Special Educational Needs but does provide for children with Special Educational Needs in the mainstream classes

Admission of Students

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

  • the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)
  • a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student

 

Hedgestown National School is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment

which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit

as a student a person who is not Catholic and it is proved that the refusal is essential to

maintain the ethos of the school.

Oversubscription 

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice:  

1. Siblings (including stepsiblings and foster siblings resident at the same address) of children already enrolled in the school  and children resident in the parish of Lusk  (the eldest child will have priority in this ranking-as per birth cert)

2) Children of staff of Hedgestown NS (the eldest child will have priority in this ranking).

3) Children residing outside the parish of Lusk (the eldest child will also have priority).

 

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

 

Priority will be given to the oldest applicant on the date of commencement, in the event of equality in all other criteria- two applicants with the same date of birth must be decided by a draw by an independent person and not the Chairperson of the Board.

 

What will not be considered or taken into account

In accordance with section 62(7)(e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

 

 

  • a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí, 
  • the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school; 
  • a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;
  • the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents; ie children of staff may Not be given priority
  • a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission; 
  • a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school;(other than, in the case of the school wishing to include a selection criteria based on siblings of a student attending or having attended the school
  • the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school, 

 

This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned.

Decisions on applications 

All decisions on applications for admission to Hedgestown National School will be based on the following:

  • Our school’s admission policy

  • The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)

  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

  • NB The information supplied may need to be verified by Hedgestown National School

                   Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and    

                   section 15  below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)

 

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

 

Notifying applicants of decisions

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice. 

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.  

Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

 

 Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant

In accepting an offer of admission from Hedgestown National School you must indicate—

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Hedgestown National School where—

  • it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
  • an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
  • the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
  • an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.

 

Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students. 

Hedgestown National School may share information provided by parents/guardians on application forms with other schools for the purposes of determining likelihood of acceptance of offers and verification of address, but not limited to these.

Waiting list in the event of oversubscription

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Hedgestown National School  were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of Hedgestown National School is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.  

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

Late Applications

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act. 

 

Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as follows: 

Hedgestown N.S. upholds the principle that  should there be space in the required classes, having applied the criteria for enrolment, the pupil shall be enrolled once all necessary paperwork is provided.

(Definition of Space: The number of places available in the school is decided on the space available in each room. The Board of Management will decide when a room is full.)

The Health and Safety of pupils is given priority when a decision on availability of space is being taken. If it is deemed that space is available then the criteria as laid out below is applied.

The Board must have regard for any relevant DES guidelines in relation to class size, staffing provisions and or physical space or health and welfare of children.

The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of  students who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows:

Should there be space in the required class, having applied the criteria for enrolment, the pupil shall be enrolled  once all necessary paperwork provided.

 

Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

This rule applies to all schools.

The board of Hedgestown National School or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-

  • an application for admission of a student to the school, or
  • the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

 

 Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction 

 This section must be completed by schools that provide religious instruction to students.

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parents or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, who has requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction in the school.  These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such students:

A written request should be made to the Principal of the school. A meeting will then be arranged with the parent(s) or the student, as the case may be, to discuss how the

request may be accommodated by the school.

Reviews/appeals

Review of decisions by the board of Management

The parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.    

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.

Note:  Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.   

 

Right of appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission.  

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.    

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

 

Hedgestown National School note the following:

We have consulted with the parent body, staff and the Board of Management:

Date of review by the Board of Management: 22/09/2021

Date of approval by patron: 16/07/2020

Date of review: September 2022

 

 

Hedgestown National School

ANNUAL ADMISSION NOTICE

in respect of admissions to the 2022/2023 school year

 

Admission Policy and Application Form

A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2022/23 is available as follows: –

To download at: www.hedgestownns.com

On request: By emailing hedgestownnationalschool@gmail.com  or writing to : Hedgestown NS, Lusk, Co. Dublin

 

 

PART 1 - Admissions to the 2022/2023 school year

 

Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2022/2023 school year

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants

 

The school will commence accepting applications for admission on 

3rd January 2022

The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on 

28th January 2022

The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is    

4th February 2022

The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is

One week (11th February 2022)

 

Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.

 

 

Number of places being made available in 2022/23

 

The number of places being made available in junior infants

14

 

If offered a place, you will be required to present an original birth/adoption certificate and proof of address to the school in order to complete the registration process.