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Admissions And Participation Policy










            Name of School:                    Scoil Mhuire


            Address:                                 Kilcruttin, Tullamore, Co. Offaly


            Telephone No:                       057 – 9321222


            Denomination:                        Catholic


            Patron:                                    Bishop Michael Smith


            Principal:                                Mrs Fionnuala Doheny


            Chairperson B.O.M.:            Mrs. Mary T. Lynch



In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act, 1998, parents will be assisted in relation to any enrolment matters. 

The chairperson of the Board of Management (Mrs. Mary T. Lynch, Rahan Road, Tullamore) and the Principal (Mrs Fionnuala Doheny, Scoil Mhuire, Kilcruttin, Tullamore) will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

While Scoil Mhuire works 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, it supports the principles of:


  • Inclusion, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational needs.
  • Equality of access and participation in the school
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment
  • Respect for diversity in values, beliefs, traditions, language and ways of life in society.


Application Procedure

Parents who wish to enrol children in Junior Infants will be required to do so by way of written application.
New Junior Infants (and their parents) have an introductory afternoon at the end of June to familiarise themselves with their new environment.
Parents will be notified through Parish bulletin and through the school of the enrolment date.
A specific application form for enrolment will be provided.  Information including the following will be required:


·        Pupil’s name, age, address, sex, country of origin, Ethnic background, religion and PPS number.

·        Names and address of pupil’s parents/guardians

·        Contact telephone numbers

·        Contact name and telephone number in case of an emergency

·        Details of any medical conditions or any special needs, which the school should be aware of.

·        Previous school attended if any, and reasons for transfer, if applicable.

·        Any other relevant information – see included enrolment form.

According to the school policy, Scoil Mhuire is bound by the rules for National Schools, which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards.

The Board of Management of the school makes decisions in relation to application for enrolment.


Completion of an application form does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.  After the closing date, parents will be informed whether their child has secured a place or not.


Enrolment Criteria


Scoil Mhuire’s criteria for decision making in relation to enrolment is as follows and in this order:

1.      Brothers and sisters of children currently attending Scoil Mhuire and Scoil Bhride.

2.      Children of Current Staff.

3.      Catholic children within Parish.

4.      Catholic children from outside the parish who do not have access to a catholic school within their own parish

5.      All others in Parish

6.      All others outside the Parish

 The above criteria apply until the closing date set by the Board of Management each year is reached.
The closing date for enrolment is the last school day in January.
Available places after closing date will be filled on a first come first served basis on receipt of completed enrolment forms with appropriate certificates.
In relation to the enrolment of children with special needs, Scoil Mhuire 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.
The assessment report will assist Scoil Mhuire in establishing the educational needs of the child, and to profile the support services required.
If a child requires further resources not already available in the school, e.g. visiting teacher, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport service, a request will be made to the Department of Education & Skills to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the report.
Scoil Mhuire will meet with the parents of the child and discuss the child’s needs and the schools suitability or capability in meeting these needs.
If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties should be held which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist as appropriate.
It is the policy of the school to enable children to transfer to our school, subject to space, and the approval of the Department of Education & Skills.
It is the policy of our school to communicate information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress to other schools if requested.
Code of Behaviour is available in school for inspection by parents.  Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School/Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as all our policies on curriculum, organisation and management.  The B.O.M. places parents/guardians responsible for ensuring their child co-operates with said policies in an age-appropriate way, in accordance with the Department of Education’s rules for National School.  These policies may be added to and revised from time to time.
In the event of serious breach of the Code of Discipline, it may be necessary for the Board to suspend a child


Review: This policy will be reviewed regularly – minimum every two years or if legislation changes.