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Scoil Naomh Buadáin is a co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Derry. The school aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all pupils: cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people and promotes a Christian philosophy of life. In the interest of balanced integration, Scoil Naomh Buadáin is an inclusive school welcoming all children of all faiths
Children enrolled in Scoil Naomh Buadáin, are required to co-operate with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour/Discipline as well as all other policies. Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with these policies in an age-appropriate way. A copy of the Code of Behaviour is available on the school’s website, www.stbodensns.ie and in the office and each parent will be requested to sign an undertaking to uphold the school code of Behaviour and policy* at the beginning of each school year.
Scoil Naomh Buadáin operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants and teachers resourced by the Department of Education and Science. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. Scoil Naomh Buadáin follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.
Application Procedure
The Board of Management will communicate generally to the school community through appropriate channels e.g. website, text-a-parent, erected signs outside the school and the local Church and newsletter.
Parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Naomh Buadáin should return a completed enrolment application form  (available in the office and on the website) to the school, by dates specified by the school, together with
  • An     original Birth/Adoption certificate
  • Proof of     address i.e. One current utility bill – Electricity / Gas/ TV Service     Provider /Landline Telephone only (dated within two months of     registration)
  • A Roman     Catholic Baptismal Certificate
Parents/ guardians will also be requested on application
·         to submit any relevant reports in relation to the child( see below)
·         to sign an undertaking to uphold the school’s Code of Behaviour and policy
·         to sign an undertaking to respect the ethos of the school, in particular in relation to festivities such as Christmas, Easter and Hallowe’en.  
No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, gender, traveller status, asylum-seeker/refugee status, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.
Decision making
Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management. Parents/Guardians will be notified of acceptance of their children and as a general principle, children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available and the child has reached his/her 4th birthday though compulsory attendance does not apply until the child is six years of age.
To assist the school in such circumstances of over-crowding, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions. Other factors that may be considered are:
  • Size of and available space in classrooms.
  • Educational needs of children of a particular age.
  • Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.
  • Multi-grade classes.
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/standard exceeding the number of places available the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:
A.    Catholic children living within the parish of Culdaff
B.     Brothers and sisters (including stepsiblings, resident at same address) of children already enrolled in the school.
C.     Catholic children residing outside the Parish who do not have a catholic school in their Parish.
D.    All children who live within the Parish, but are not Catholic, applying for a placement are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the groups  
        ( A, B, C ) have been allocated places.
Having complied with the conditions outlined in A – D above, any remaining places will be allocated according to application date as indicated on application for consideration form. Should all dates be the same a lottery will apply
Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list until the end of the school year. They may re-apply for a place for the following year
Enrolment of pupils during the school year, if newly resident in the area or transferring from other schools is subject to the Rules for National Schools, Education Welfare Act and school’s enrolment policy.
If a pupil has been removed from the school roll (following DES Guidelines) and wishes to return to Scoil Naomh Buadáin, an enrolment for consideration form or a letter of application must be re- submitted. The application will then be considered by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy.
Children with Special Needs
Children with special needs enrolling in Scoil Naomh Buadáin will be resourced in accordance with the level of provision by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management. Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are dissatisfied with the level of educational provision in our school are advised to consider an alternative placement, to cater for the specific needs of their child.
The Board of Management requires a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or requests that the child be assessed immediately in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to profile the support services required. Upon successful application, failure to provide the school with all relevant medical, psychological and other reports will invalidate the enrolment application and result in the child being withdrawn from the school. It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a child pending assessment report and/or provision of resources by the Department of Education and Science to meet the needs specified by in the psychological and a medical report.
The Board of Management will endeavour to have all resources and support in place before the child is admitted to the school. This may include visiting teacher service, resource teacher, special needs assistants etc, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services etc.
The school may meet with the parents of the special needs child to discuss the school’s suitability for the child. If necessary a full case conference may be called including parents, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher and psychologist or social workers as appropriate.
Appeals Procedure
Parents / Guardians who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of Management.  It must be addressed, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal.  Parents/guardians, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department. This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enroll.
Scoil Naomh Buadáin supports the principles of:
v  Inclusiveness with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need;
v  Equality of access and participation in the school;
v  Respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.  
(a)   the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act, 1998
(b)   the context and parameters of Departmental regulations and programmes,
(c)   the provisions of Section 14(b) (i) of The Equal Status Act 2000
(d)   and the funding, teacher resources and accommodation available.
Implementation Date:    28th February, 2016.

Timetable for Review:   Reviewed at end of 2019 – 2020 school year and then, every two years thereafter.

Ratification and Communication:
·         Ratified by the Board of Management
·         Circulated to ancillary staff
·         Circulated to all parents/guardians via internet and Newsletter
·         Published on school website.
Signed on behalf of the Board of Management by:
Date: _________________________________
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