Enrolment Policy Amendments October 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As Principal, I am writing to outline the changes that have been brought about by a Commencement Order, signed by the Minister for Education and Skills on 3rd October 2018, bringing certain provisions of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018 into operation. Three provisions of the Education Act 2018 have been commenced with immediate effect. They are as follows:

1. Religion may not be used in Catholic schools as a criterion for school admissions
2. Schools may not charge enrolment fees or seek payments or contributions as a condition of admission or continued enrolment of a student
3. The Minister for Education and Skills may, in certain circumstances and in consultation with Patrons and Boards of Management, direct Boards to cooperate in relation to their admission processes

Our school’s Enrolment Policy has been amended to ensure that it complies with these legislative requirements. Our amended policy may be viewed on our website www.ourladysgrove.ie
I strongly recommend that parents/guardians take time to read the policy in its entirety to understand the new amendments.
The categories on the Pre-Enrolment Form Junior Infants 2019/20 will now be amalgamated into the following:

Category A - Applicants who have/had siblings enrolled in Our Lady’s Grove Primary School including step siblings or foster children resident in the family home


- Applicants who are children of staff working at Our Lady’s Grove Primary School


- Applicants who are the children of Past Pupils of Our Lady's Grove Primary School


Category B - Applicants within the designated catchment area. Details of our designated catchment area are listed at the end of the Enrolment Policy 2019-20


Category C - Applicants from outside the designated catchment area. Details of our designated catchment area are listed at the end of the Enrolment Policy 2019-20

On the Wednesday, 7th November 2018, we will post out offers to those applicants who were in former Categories A, B and C, now Category A. Please inform us of any change in your postal address before Monday, 5th November 2018.

To confirm your acceptance of the place, the following documents must be submitted within ten working days of the date of offer. This is done as a courtesy to the families who remain on the Main Waiting List.

Relevant Documentation
1. Acceptance Form
2. Original Birth Certificate
3. Proof of address - 2 Current Utility Bills (within the previous 6 months) with home address

Should your child be offered a place and it is found that the information given is incorrect the offer will be rescinded. Once the place has been accepted, the child’s details will be uploaded to POD (Primary Online Database).

On Wednesday, 28th November, we will send out the remaining offers to those applicants who were in former Categories D & E, now Category B (Applicants within the designated catchment area). To confirm your acceptance of the place, the following documents must be submitted within ten working days of the date of offer. This is done as a courtesy to the families who remain on the Main Waiting List.

Relevant Documentation
1. Acceptance Form
2. Original Birth Certificate
3. Proof of address - 2 Current Utility Bills (within the previous 6 months) with home address

Should your child be offered a place and it is found that the information given is incorrect the offer will be rescinded. Once the place has been accepted, the child’s details will be uploaded to POD (Primary Online Database).
From that point on, there will be a Main Waiting List in place. We will provide families with regular updates until we have filled all of the places. Once the Main Waiting List has been cleared, we will then categorise the Late Applications List and offer available places accordingly.
I appreciate what an anxious time this is for parents/guardians. We are committed to running our enrolment process as transparently and efficiently as possible. We will handle all queries and complaints quickly and sensitively on your behalf.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Kernan

Principal

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