Admissions Policy of DIVINE MERCY SNS
School Address: Balgaddy, Lucan, Co.Dublin
Roll number: 20187H
School Patron: Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin.
This Admissions 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 Wednesday 30th September 2020. It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.
The relevant dates and timelines for admission process are set out in the school’s annual admissions notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admissions process for the school year concerned.
This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admissions notice for the school year concerned.
The application form for admissions is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.
It is our wish to provide a learning environment, which is conducive to the academic, social, physical,psychological and moral development of the children under our care. To this end three general aims permeate our educational process:
Underpinning our educational philosophy, and with particular reference to our pupils’ moral development, is theschool’s Catholic Ethos, of which we hold as central and integral to school life. We welcome enrolments from pupilsof other religious persuasions or no religion at all. We embrace and cherish all children equally and respect theirrights to whatever religious beliefs or lack of beliefs they have. We expect the same respect to be accorded to the children of the majority Catholic faith. It is our policy not to discriminate against prospective enrolees on the groundsof gender, family status, age, disability, race and the travelling community.
Divine Mercy SNS will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:
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.
Divine Mercy SNS 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 who is not Catholic and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.
Divine Mercy SNS promotes the inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs and has successfully integrated many pupils with varying complex needs into mainstream education. The success of our inclusion programme is fully dependant on acquiring the services necessary for the child’s individual needs to be catered for and for there to be no significant negative impact on the educational opportunities of other children. Where there is a Special Educational Need identified, necessitating extra supports, all relevant information and reports will be forwarded to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) as part of our application for extra supports.
The Board of Management (BOM) of Divine Mercy SNS upholds the constitutional right of children with Special Educational Needs to be provided with the supports and/or physical infrastructure necessary to integrate them appropriately into mainstream education. It also endorses the constitutional right of all of its children to an equal and appropriate education in a safe learning environment and free from serious disruption. Therefore, in cases where the Board feels that a child’s Special Educational Needs cannot be adequately met from the supports available from NCSE and/or physical infrastructure available in the school or that other pupils’ educational opportunities will be severely compromised, it reserves the right not to proceed with an admission.
This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –
Divine Mercy SNS is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not Catholic where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.
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 admissions notice:
1. Children of Divine Mercy Junior National School.
2. Siblings and stepsiblings of children already enrolled in the school and/or children resident in the Parish of Divine Mercy, Balgaddy, Lucan, Co. Dublin, (the eldest child will have priority in this ranking).
3. Children of staff (the eldest child will have priority in this ranking).
4. Children residing outside the parish (the eldest child will also have priority)
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:
In the event of two or more students being tied for a place, the oldest student will be given priority. If two applicants have the same date of birth, then a lottery will apply with an independent party present.
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) the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school
(b) a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude
(c) the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents
(d) a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission
(e) 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 at selection criteria 1. above i.e. siblings of a student attending the school
(f) 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 admissions 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 31stJanuary 2025 only).
All decisions on applications for admission to Divine Mercy SNS will be based on the following:
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.
Applicants will be informed in writing or by email, 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 by email 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).
In accepting an offer of admission from Divine Mercy SNS ], 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 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.
An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Divine Mercy SNS where—
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.
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 Divine Mercy SNS 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 Divine Mercy SNS is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admissions policy.
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.
All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admissions 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.
Students may transfer to the school at any time subject to the school’s Admissions Policy and available space. The student’s parents/guardian(s) will be asked to provide relevant information from the child’s previous school including progress reports, attendance records, behaviour records and any other assessments that are deemed relevant. Admission will be subject to provision of the above documentation. When a pupil has transferred to Divine Mercy SNS and has been registered, the school will inform the student’s previous school and make the necessary adjustment to the Primary Online Database (POD).
The board of Divine Mercy SNS or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-
The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parents or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years of age, the student, who has 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.
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 section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.
The Board of Management ratified this policy on the _______ of ______________
Signed: ________________________________________ , (Chairperson, BOM)
The policy is communicated to the members of the BOM and is available to the wider school community through the school website. All Divine Mercy SNS policies are available for inspection in the school.