End of Year Celebrations

End of Year 2019/20

Covid 19 was not going to stop us celebrating the end of our school year with our wonderful pupils.

We were able to have a socially distanced gathering outside to acknowledge all the great achievements we completed this school year and wish rang 6 all the best for their future.

We will miss them but look forward to welcoming our new pupils in 2020/21.


Admissions Policy

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Admission Policy of Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí

School Address:Céideadh, Ailt an Chorráin, Leitirceanainn, Co. Dún na nGall Roll number O4809A
School Patron/s:Bishop Alan McGuckian

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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 will be published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy to any person who requests it.

The relevant dates and timelines for Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí’s admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which will be published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.

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

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

2. Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school

Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí is a Catholic, co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of the Bishop of Raphoe, Alan McGuckian.

“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:

  1. (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
  2. (b)  a living relationship with God and with other people; and
  3. (c)  a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection ofJesus; and
  4. (d)  the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith,

and which school 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 Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí 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.

Mission Statement

We at Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí strive for excellence in meeting the needs of each child to develop their uniqueness and full potential and to nurture the spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical dimensions to their lives.

We aim to achieve this by providing a caring, loving, encouraging, co-operative and learning environment and to lay the foundation for happiness and fulfilment in adult life.

Aims

Our school’s aims are

* To enable our pupils to live full lives as children

* To equip them to avail of further education

* To prepare them to live full and meaningful lives as adults in society.

Vision

Each person, through positive learning experiences, will be stimulated to achieve his/her potential, face life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever changing world.

3. Admission Statement

Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí 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.page3image2925024

All denominational schools

Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí 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 of Catholic denomination and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

(The above wording was mandated by the Education Admissions to School ‘s Act 2018)

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

N/A

5. Admission of Students

This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –

  1. a)  the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)
  2. 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 studentAll denominational schoolsScoil an Aingil Choimheádaí is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of Catholic denomination where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

    (The above wording was mandated by the Education Admissions to School ‘s Act 2018)

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:

Criteria 1: Siblings of present pupils including step siblings at the same address.(priority eldest)

Criteria 2: Applicants whose primary residence is in the Parish (priority eldest)

Criteria 3: Applicants whose primary residence is outside of the Parish(priority eldest) Criteria 4: All other applicants.(random selection and priority eldest)

If an applicant falls into a number of priority categories listed above, s/he will be included in the priority criteria which affords her/him the highest 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:

  • Priority to eldest in regard to the above criteria
  • In cases where two children have same date of birth this can be determined by

Board by Independent Lottery

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:page4image2964336

(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 (a) a special school or (b) a special class insofar as it is necessary in orderto ascertain whether or not the student has the category of special educational needsconcerned and/or
    • –  admission to an Irish language school, in accordance with the provisions of section62(9) of the act 

      (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, in the case of the school wishing to include a selection criteria based on (1) siblings of a student attending or having attended the school and/or (2) parents or grandparents of a student having attended the school.

      In relation to (2) parents and grandparents having attended, a school may only apply this criteria to a maximum of 25% of the available spaces as set out in the school’s annual admission notice).

       

      (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 31st January 2025 only).

8. Decisions on applications

All decisions on applications for admission to Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí 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 formreceived 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 Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí, 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.

    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 Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí where—

    1. (i)  it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
    2. (ii)  an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before thedate set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
    3. (iii)  the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section23(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
    4. (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—

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(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 Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí 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 Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí 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.

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The procedures of the school 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:

  • Available Space
  • Most recent School Report

page7image2968368The procedures of the school 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:

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

Placement on the list is in order of priority where the school’s selection criteria has been applied.

page7image296870416.Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

This rule applies to all schools.

The board of Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) 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 parents or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, 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.

18.Reviews/appeals

Review of decisions by the Board of Management

The parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, 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, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, 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.


Covid-19

During this Pandemic, our school will unfortunately remain closed until the Department and the HSE tell us it is safe to re-open them. The teachers will try to lease with parents and children at this time to assist them in academic exercises they can carry our at home.


Michelle


Máire-Anna


Vice Principal

Vice Principal

Múinteoir Andrew

Teaches Classes:

Junior Infants – 3rd Class (inclusive)

 


Principal

School Principal:

Máire Ni Chómhaill