Application Procedures for First Year Students
Parents/Guardians wishing to enrol their son/daughter in Scoil Ruáin should return a completed enrolment form, along with a copy of the Birth Certificate, to the school before 28th February in the year of enrolment. Parents of students with a special educational or physical need are advised to contact the school before February 28th to enable the school to apply for the necessary resources. Enrolment forms will be distributed to all primary schools within the school’s catchment boundary, and can be downloaded on this website, CLICK HERE and are also available by contacting the school office (052 915 6332). An advertisement is placed in the local Newspapers:- advising the public of the date for the school Open Evening.
Applications received after the 28th February will be forwarded to the Board of Management for decision. Late applications will not be accepted if demand exceeds the number of places available in any year.
Criteria for Admission
- Scoil Ruáin welcomes all students living or attending the primary schools in its catchment area, on receipt of a completed enrolment form. (The catchment area is outlined on the map on the back cover) .
- Scoil Ruáin may accept students from outside the catchment area subject to the availability of places, adequate resources and in accordance with the school mission statement.
When demand exceeds the number of places available the following criteria are used to allocate places:
- Priority is given to the children of staff members.
- Priority is then given to students living or attending primary school within the school catchment area.
- Priority is next given to brothers/sisters of students presently at tending or who have previously attended Scoil Ruáin. Students who do not qualify under 1, 2 or 3 above may be admitted to the school subject to availability. Such places are allocated on a first come first served basis ie. according to the date in which the completed enrolment form was received by the school.
Decision Making Process
Decisions made in relation to admission are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy. The principal/secretary of the BOM will notify parents of the decision within 21 days of the closing date for receipt of applications.
An agreement indicating acceptance of the School Code of Behaviour and substance mis-use policy is required to be signed before entry to the school.
Right of the Board to refuse Admission
The Board of Management of Scoil Ruáin reserves the right to refuse an application for admission if all available places have been allocated the prescribed age has not been reached the student would pose an unacceptable threat to other students, staff and/or school property. the student has special needs which the school cannot meet even with additional resources.
Right to Appeal
Parents have the right to appeal a refusal by the school to enrol a student. The appeal should be made in writing to The Chief Executive Officer, South Tipperary VEC, Clonmel within 21 days of the date of notification of the refusal. South Tipperary VEC will consider the appeal and notify the parents of their decision within 21 days.
Section E: Procedures for the Transfer of Students from other Second Level Schools.
The Board of Management will process each transfer application under the following guidelines:
- Receipt of a completed Transfer Application Form.
- Receipt of a satisfactory (i) academic report (ii) attendance record (iii) punctuality record (iv) behaviour report from the previous school.
- The school’s Admissions policy.
- That the BOM are satisfied that the transfer is of educational benefit to the student.
- That the BOM are satisfied that the transfer is in the best interests of the existing school community.
- Space being available in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations and of the relevant legislation.
- The allocation of adequate resources by the DES.
- The BOM being satisfied that there is no history of the applicant being involved in violent behaviour or incidents involving substance mis-use.
- Written confirmation that where admission to another school was refused that the parents of the applicant were notified in writing of the decision and their right to appeal that decision.
- Consultation with the Education Welfare Officer if appropriate. The closing date for receipt of completed transfer applications is May 31st of that year. Parents are advised that, due to the unavailability of BOM members during the summer months, late applications may not be processed in time for the start of the first term.
Right of the Board to refuse a transfer Application
The Board of Management of Scoil Ruáin reserves the right to refuse an application for transfer if the guidelines for processing a transfer application have not been satisfied.
Right to Appeal
Parents have the right to appeal a refusal by the school to transfer a student. The appeal should be made in writing to The Chief Executive Officer, South Tipperary VEC, Clonmel within 21 days of the date of notification of the refusal. South Tipperary VEC will consider the appeal and notify the parents of their decision within 21 days.