Admission Policy

Admission Policy of Inchigeela N.S.


  Inchigeela, Macroom, Co. Cork  


Roll Number 129670

                                School Patron : Bishop Fintan Gavin

1. Introduction  

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the  Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this  policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school  patron and with parents of children attending the school. 

The policy was approved by the school patron on . It is made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it. 

The relevant dates and timelines for Inchigeela N.S’s  admission process are set out in the  school’s annual admission notice, which is published on the school’s website at least one  week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned. 

This policy should be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school  year concerned. 

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made  available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it. 

2. Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

Inchigeela  N.S. is a Catholic co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under   the patronage of the Bishop of Cork and Ross.

“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and   characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:  

(a) the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including   the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and



(b) a living relationship with God and with other people; and  

(c) a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of   Jesus; and  

(d) the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith,  

In addition, Inchigeela N.S. provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with   the doctrines; practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos   and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the   Irish Episcopal Conference.  

In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of Inchigeela N.S.shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the   characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral,   religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are   characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.



3. Admission Statement  

Inchigeela N.S. will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the  following: 

(a) the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student  concerned, 

(b) the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student  concerned, 

(c) the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student  concerned, 

(d) the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student  concerned, 

(e) the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student  concerned, 

(f) the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student  concerned, 

(g) the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, (h) the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the  student concerned, or  

(i) the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has  special educational needs 

As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’,  ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’,  ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance  with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

Inchigeela N.S.is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment   which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to   admit as a student a person whose values are not consistent with those religious values   and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.  

Inchigeela  N.S. is a school which has established classes, with the approval of the   Minister for Education and Skills, which provides an education exclusively for students   with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister and   may refuse to admit to the class a student who does not have the category of needs   specified.



4. Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the school/special  class 

Inchigeela N.S. with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills has established   classes to provide an education exclusively for students with Multiple Disabilities.  

Places are considered on the basis of  multiple  diagnosis  from  relevant professionals,  and  a recommendation from SENO that the pupil   would benefit from placement in a Special Class attached to a mainstream school. The maximum number of pupils in a Multiple Disabilities  class is 6 pupils.



5. Admission of Students 

This school shall admit students seeking admission except where – 

a) the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details) 

b) a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4)  of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of  behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all  reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student 

Inchigeela N.S. is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is   not of the Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos   of the school.  

The special class attached to Inchigeela N.S. provides an education exclusively for   students with Multiple Disabilities and the school may refuse admission to this class where the   student concerned does not have the specified categories  of diagnosis deemed accessible for admission.

Student placement in the special class will be reviewed annually to ensure correct   placement.



6. Oversubscription  

In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications  for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those  applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the  school’s annual admission notice: 

Selection Criteria 



The following categories will be used in descending order of priority, to select children for   enrolment.  

 1.     Siblings of children already enrolled in or past pupils of Inchigeela N.S. who are 4   years of age on or before 1st September in  the year of admission. 

 2.     Children of current staff members, who are 4 years of age on or before 1st   September   in the year of admission.

  3.    Children who are 4 years of age on or before 1st September  in the year of        admission   who are resident in our catchment area on the first day of the first term in junior   infants.  

4. Children who are 4 years of age on or before 1st September in the year of admission   who are not resident in our catchment area.



In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the  selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of  remaining places), the following arrangements will apply: 

Students will be selected by random selection in the presence of members of staff and   members of the parent body



7. What will not be considered or taken into account 

In accordance with section 62(7) (e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take  into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a  student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

(a)a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including   naíonraí,  

other than in relation to a student’s prior attendance at—  

(I) an early intervention class, or  

(II) an early start pre-school, specified in a list published by the Minister from time   to time;  

(b) the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;  

(c) a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;(other than in relation to: - Admission to Droichidín insofar as it is necessary in order to ascertain whether the student has the category of special educational needs concerned.  

(d) the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s   parents;  

(e) a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day   or other meeting as a condition of admission; 



(f) a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family   attending or having previously attended the school;  

Other than, (1) siblings of a student attending or having attended the school   and/or  

(g) the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the   school,  

This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period   specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the   school for the school year concerned.  

This is also subject to the school making offers based on existing waiting lists (up   until 31 st January 2025 only). 



8. Decisions on applications  

All decisions on applications for admission to Inchigeela N.S. will be based on the following: Our school’s admission policy 

The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable) 

The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form  received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving  applications 

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the  admissions period and section 15 below in relation to applications for places in years  other than the intake group.) 

Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to  make a decision on an application for a place in our school. 

9. Notifying applicants of decisions 

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline  outlined in the annual admissions notice.  

If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a  place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of  the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the  waiting list for the school year concerned.  

Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s  decision (see section 18 below for further details). 

10. Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant 

In accepting an offer of admission from Inchigeela N.S., you must indicate— 

(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If  you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers  concerned and

(ii) whether or not you have applied for and are awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission  from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or  schools concerned. 

11.Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn 

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Inchigeela N.S. where— (i) it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading. (ii) an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the  date set out in the annual admission notice of the school. 

(iii) the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section  23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of  behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all  reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or 

(iv) an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’  as set out in section 10 above. 

12.Sharing of Data with other schools 

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act  2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the  efficient admission of students.  

Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list  of the students in relation to whom— 

(i) an application for admission to the school has been received, 

(ii) an offer of admission to the school has been made, or 

(iii) an offer of admission to the school has been accepted. 

The list may include any or all of the following: 

(i) the date on which an application for admission was received by the school; (ii) the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school; 

(iii) the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant; 

(iv) a student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and  personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social  Welfare Consolidation Act 2005). 

13.Waiting list in the event of oversubscription 

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places  available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Inchigeela NS were  unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid  for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of Inchigeela N.S. is in the order of priority assigned to the  students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with  this admission policy.  

Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual  Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of  the application. 

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in  relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list,  in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on  the list. 

14.Late Applications 

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual  admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s  admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made  under that Act.  

Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than  three weeks after the date on which the school received the application. Late applicants will  be offered a place if there is place available. In the event that there is no place available, the  name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13. 

15.Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school  year

The procedures of Inchigeela NS in relation to the admission of students who are not   already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are   as follows:  

1. Parents request an application form / form is available on website / by contacting the   school  

2. Parents complete and submit application form by due date as in Notice. 3. School makes decisions on applications received.  

4. Parents notified within the timeframe – as per Annual Notice.  

5. School offers a place or School places applicant on waiting list for the year concerned.  

6. Applicant accepts the place & accepts the Code of Behaviour (Section 11) or Applicant   refuses place.  

7 If refused, the applicant will be notified of their entitlement to appeal the decision under   Section 29 of the Education Act 1998



The procedures of Inchigeela NS in relation to the admission of students who are not   already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which   admission is sought, are as follows:  

1. Parents request an application form / form is available on website / by contacting   the school  

2. Parents complete and submit application form.  

3. School makes decisions on applications received.  

4. Parents notified within the timeframe – within 3 weeks of receiving an application.  

5. School offers a place or School places applicant on waiting list for the year   concerned.  

6. Applicant accepts the place & accepts the Code of Behaviour (Section 11) or   Applicant refuses place.  

7. If refused, the applicant will be notified of their entitlement to appeal the decision   under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.



16.Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees 

The board of Clondrohid N.S. or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or  seek payment or contributions as a condition of- 

(a) an application for admission of a student to the school, or 

(b) The admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school. 

17. Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction  This section must be completed by schools that provide religious instruction to students.

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parent s have   requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction in the   school. These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such   students:  

A written request should be made to the Principal of the school. A meeting will then be   arranged with the parent(s) or the student, as the case may be, to discuss how the   request may be accommodated by the school.



18. Reviews/appeals 

Review of decisions by the board of Management  

The parent of the student may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission.  Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.  

The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements  applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under  section 29B of the Education Act 1998, which are published on the website of the  Department of Education and Skills. 

The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures  determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998. 

Note: Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being  oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the Board of  Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. 

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being  oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the Board of  Management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.  

Right of appeal  

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student may appeal a  decision of this school to refuse admission. 

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (i) of the Education Act 1998 where the  refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed. 

An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the  refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed. 

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the  applicant must request a review of that decision by the Board of Management prior to   making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by  the Board of Management) 

Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being  oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of  management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see  Review of decisions by the Board of Management) 

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by  an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.  

The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements  applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under

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