Admissions Policy and Applications Procedures for Rosary College
Reference: 1. Education Welfare Act 2000
2. Education Act 1998
3. The Equal Status Act
4. Code of Behaviour Rosary College
Rosary College caters for Scoil Úna Naofa and other feeder schools in the Dublin 12 area. Applications are invited from students attending these schools in October and enrolment takes place in November of the year preceding entry into First Year. This determines the number of classes required and remaining places are offered to those on the waiting list.
The Procedures are as follows:
Applications to attend Rosary College will be made on the official school application form, which is available from the school office or by post.
The Board of Management, in accordance with Section 19 of the Education Welfare Act 2000, will consider all applications to attend Rosary College. On receipt of a properly completed application submitted by the closing date, the Board of Management having given it due consideration will decide on whether the student fulfills the entry requirements for the school.
In accordance with this Act also, parents/guardians will be informed no later than 21 days after the school has been supplied with all the information required by the Minister of Education and Skills, of the decision of the Board of Management.
In the event of excess applications being received then the Board of Management will have regard to the following criteria, in order of priority, in making decisions about enrolment:
a) Any relevant requirements of the Department of Education and Skills, including class size, staffing provision and any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, such as physical space or the health and welfare of students.
b) Boys and Girls attending local primary school
c) Brothers and Sisters of students who are attending/have attended the school
d) Sons and Daughters of past pupils
e) Boys and Girls attending other schools, on a first come, first served basis, based on the date of application
Applications not received by the stated enrolment date will be placed on a waiting list. The Board of Management will enrol students on the understanding that the Department of Education and Skills will provide suitable resources required for the student. Enrolment may be delayed until such time as the necessary resources are in place.
Students with Special Needs
The school is open to all applications, subject to the school being able to meet the students’ educational needs. The Board of Management must be made aware of any special needs a student has, as early as possible, so that these needs can be assessed and, if possible, addressed by way of reasonable accommodation.
While recognising and fully supporting the right of parents/guardians to have a school of their choice for their children, the school’s ability to accept students with particular needs is dependent on resources, suitable to the needs of the individual student, being provided by the Department of Education and Skills.
The School will use resources, both financial and personnel, provided by the Department of Education and Skills to make reasonable provision and accommodation for students with disabilities or special educational needs.
Final confirmation of a place may, in exceptional cases, be given only when the Department of Education and Skills confirms that the necessary resources are in place.
Acceptance of Student
A decision to accept a student for enrolment at the school will be notified to the parents/guardians in writing. No student will be enrolled in the school until the Code of Behaviour has been accepted and signed by parents/guardians and their son/daughter.
In general and except in very exceptional circumstances students who have applied through the Rosary College application form will be enrolled in the school when their application has been received and, if necessary, considered by the Board of Management.
In the event that the school rejects the applications of parents/guardians in respect of a student, then the parents/guardians may appeal the decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills in accordance with Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998.
Refusal of Enrolment
The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any student in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could include, but is not restricted to, the following:
1. The student has special needs, such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education.
2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.
Students should apply to the Principal on the relevant form, which is available on request.
Following an application, the student’s parents/guardians shall meet the Admissions Officer. Parents/guardians are requested to supply relevant information on their child, including educational, medical, exemptions certificates (if any), and school reports from previous schools. A Birth Certificate is also required. In accordance with the requirements of the Education Welfare Act the Principal shall seek, form the last school attended, reports on attendance, education progress and the results of any relevant assessments carried out.
All Firsts Years must be willing to take an assessment test before admission. Failure to take this test may result in the delay of the admissions procedures.
A meeting of parents/guardians of incoming students will be held in October of the year preceding their entry. Attendance at this meeting by all parents/guardians is strongly recommended to ensure that the expectations of the school are explained and understood by all.
Transfer of a Student from another school
The school will make every effort to facilitate a student seeking a transfer to our school. However, entry in years other than First Year will depend on the availability of places, compatibility of subjects studied by the applicant and those available in Rosary College, and the completion of the transfer form by the applicant’s previous school. The Board of Management will also decide on applications for admissions to any year other than First Year.
The Board of Management of Rosary College will, in endorsing the school’s admission policy, pay due regard to the Department of Education and Skills regulations on school enrolment, particularly those contained in the Education Act 1998, the Education Welfare Act 2000, The Equal Status Act and any subsequent legislation.
This Admission Policy and Code of Behaviour may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Management.
In the event that the school rejects the application of the parents/guardians of a student, the parents/guardians may appeal this decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills under Section 29 of the Education Act.
Any queries arising from the Admissions Policy may be addressed to the Secretary of The Board of Management of Rosary College.