Introduction:

This policy has been set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998. 

The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Gavin O’ Connor, c/o Scoil Bhríde, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare and the Principal, Rosemary Faherty, Scoil Bhríde, Milltown will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the Policy. 

Scoil Bhríde, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare is a Catholic lay school.  The ethos of the school is Catholic, and its patron is the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Bishop Denis Nulty. The Schedule of the Catholic School (which is established in connection with the Minister of Education) aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people.

The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic school provides Religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.

Staff consists of 8 mainstream teachers, 2 Special Education Needs teachers and an administrative principal.

The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

Scoil Bhride, Milltown is a co-educational primary school. We strive to provide a well ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed. Parental involvement is encouraged in school activities and through our active Parents Association. In Scoil Bhride, Milltown we aim to promote gender equity amongst all members of the school community. We endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone involved in our school and recognise the value of all.

The school supports the principle of inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a learning disability or other educational needs.

The resources of the Department of Education and Skills primarily fund the school and it operates within the framework of regulations provided by that department, together with any similar guidelines from the patron.

The school aims to provide an excellent general primary education for its pupils, while respecting the individual needs and requirements of each pupil, in so far as is possible within the overall aim of promoting the common good of the pupils, the staff and the school.

Admission / Enrolment:

The admission/enrolment policy of School Bhríde, Milltown, is determined by the Board of Management in accordance with the Education Act 1998. The Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each classroom. Any enquiries in relation to this policy may be directed to the following person:

The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Gavin O’ Connor, c/o Scoil Bhríde, Milltown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Current Enrolment Policy:

When compiling the list of applicants for enrolment the following criteria will be applied, and applicants accepted in the following order:

  1. Siblings of children who are attending on 21st of December in the school year prior to enrolment and children of members of staff.
  2. Children from Milltown and the school’s traditional catchment areas, as set out on the attached map (inside the red line). Please contact the school office to view a copy of the map.
  3. Siblings of past pupils.
  4. A lottery of all other applicants.

It is important that all details are completed correctly on the application form. If details are furnished which are subsequently found to be incorrect (including address) the B.O.M. reserves the right to treat that application as an invalid one and therefore exclude it from the list of applicants for enrolment.

In the event of there being insufficient places in any category, priority will be given to the eldest, except category 4 which by its nature is a lottery. All pupils being enrolled in Junior Infants must be four years of age by 31st of August of the year of enrolment.

Applications must be received on or before the 21st of December in the school year prior to enrolment.

Pupils transferring from other schools are enrolled in accordance with the school’s Pupil Transfer Policy. Copies of the Pupil Transfer Policy and Application Form are available from the website or the office.

In the case of a child with special needs, the B.O.M. has the right to request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, to request that the child be assessed immediately.

Parents who wish to have their children considered for admission/ enrolment in the school should fill out an Enrolment Application Form, and forward it to the school principal on or before the 21st of December in the school year prior to enrolment. Only on receipt of the completed Enrolment Application Form will the child/ children be considered for enrolment in accordance with the criteria above.

The B.O.M., in accordance with the school policy, will make decisions in relation to applications for enrolment.

Incoming Junior Infants will be invited to an afternoon with their parents in the school in May or June to familiarise themselves with the classroom, meet their teacher and other parents and children.

This policy was updated in April 2018 and reviewed in the autumn of 2018.

Gavin O’Connor

Chairperson, BoM

21/11/2018