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Enrolment Policy

St Laurence’s is a Roman Catholic school under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. As a Roman Catholic school, we aim to foster the full and harmonious development of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people.

The enrolment policy of St. Laurence’s N.S. is set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and the Board of Management trusts that by doing so, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters and that furthermore, the Chairperson of the Board of Management and the Principal Teacher will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy.
The school is funded by and depends on grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills and parent subscriptions. It operates within the regulations laid down from time to time by the DES.

Parents seeking to enrol their children in St. Laurence’s N.S. are requested to complete and return an Enrolment Application Form (available from the school). The names of children for whom Enrolment Application forms are returned will be placed on a waiting list.
Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children in our school. No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, - traveller status, asylum seeker refugee status, religious political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

In the event of a number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment.

New Entrants

New Entrants - (Children who have never been enrolled in a National School in the State).

Children will be enrolled on application subject to the conditions (see below)
Enrolment Application forms may be obtained from the school.  When completed these should be returned to the Principal’s or School Secretary’s Office by the final school day of January of the enrolment year.

Priority will be given as follows:
Parish children and siblings of pupils in the school.
Catholic children from outside the Parish
Non Catholic children from outside the Parish.
A cut- off date of birth shall apply if there are more applicants than places available within any one category. That date will be set by the Board of Management.

Pupils will be accepted for all other classes provided the space is available and the selection procedure will be as for new entrants.

Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing National Schools, as well as our own school’s enrolment policy and local agreements with other schools.

Children with special needs will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills to the Board of Management.
Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are dissatisfied 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.
The school reserves the right to defer enrolment to any pupil in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could arise where either:
The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education or
In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.

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 other policies on curriculum, organization, & management.

The Board of Management places Parents/Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child/children co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate way.  These policies may be added to and revised from time-to-time.
A copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour will be given to all applicants.

The Board of Management of St. Laurence’s N.S., recognise that both Parents/Guardians of each child have equal (statue/rights) in all matters relating to the child’s education and status at school unless and until we are in receipt of original copies of legal documents which determine otherwise.

Where a ‘surname’ is a matter of dispute between parents the Board of Management will recommend the double-barrel format.  If this should prove unacceptable the surname of the child as per the Birth Certificate will have to be used.

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