Enrolment

Admissions/Enrolment Policy

The Board of Management of Gaelscoil Ultain sets out the following enrolment/admissions policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. We trust that by doing so parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson, Breandán O Dufaigh, Cloverhill, Muineachán, and the principal, Joe O Gallchóir, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy.

General Information

The patron of the school is Liam S. MacDaid, Bishop of Clogher.

On September 1st 2006 the school had 11 teachers; an administrative principal, two resource teacher and eight class teachers.

Gaelscoil Ultain is a mixed school providing for the educational needs of children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Irish is the sole medium of instruction and communication.

The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department.

Gaelscoil Ultain 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 and resources available, the school supports the principles of

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to intake
  • 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

Parents will find information on the school in Leabhrán Eolais na Scoile, issued to parents each September and to prospective new parents when making an application/enquiry re Enrolment.

The Procedures

Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Gaelscoil Ultain are invited to attend our Open/Enrolment Days held each year at the beginning of February, as advertised in the Parish Bulletin and local newspapers.

Parents will be required to complete an enrolment application form .

The final date for receipt of enrolment forms is the fourth Friday of February (before 3pm).

As a general principle and in so far as practicable having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.

All decisions in relation to enrolment applications are made by the Board of Management.

In the event that applications for enrolment exceeds or is expected to exceed the number of places available the Board’s criteria for decision making will be as follows.

  • Brothers and sisters (including step-siblings, resident at same address) of children attending or who attended the school – priority to oldest
  • Children of current school staff (priority to oldest)
  • Sons and daughters of past pupils of the school
  • First come first served

The board will notify parents of decisions in relation within 21 days of the closing date for enrolment.

Parents will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment Form at the beginning of June and are asked to return the form to the school within seven days.

Junior Infants may only be admitted to the school on or before September 30 each year.

Pupils transferring

Pupils, if newly resident in the area, may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy, available space and in some cases the approval of the Department of Education and Science.

The school recommends that children do not transfer to the school from a non-Gaelscoil once the child has completed First Class.

Enrolment of Children with special needs

Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department to the Board of Management.

The Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available may request that the child be assessed immediately.

Following receipt of the report, the board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. The board will, prior to enrolment, request the Department to provide the resources needed to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report.

The school Principal will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs.

It may be necessary for the board to defer enrolment of a particular child, pending;

  • the receipt of an assessment report; and/or
  • the provision of appropriate resources by the Department to meet the specified needs in the Psychological and/or medical report

Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are unsatisified with the level of educational provision in our school, are advised to consider a special school which is designed and resourced to specifically cater for the needs of children with special educational needs.

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in Gaelscoil Ultain are required to co-operate and support the School/Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. The board places responsibility on Parents/Guardians in ensuring that their child/children co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way. A child may be suspended in accordance with the Department’s rules for National Schools.

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