Scartleigh National School Enrolment Policy for An Cuan









Click here for the Application Form for Placement in An Cuan.

Click here for the Application Form for Placement in Early Intervention Class in An Cuan.

Introduction:

In September 2006 a special class for children with autism was opened in our school. With an initial enrolment number of two children, the Unit now caters for eighteen children in the three classes.

The unit is known as An Cuan the Irish for “the harbour” where we hope we provide the children with a secure and safe educational environment. It was named in memory of our late colleague, Josephine Healy.

September 2016
The unit now has three special classes:

Early Intervention Class: (Muinteoir Eimear) caters for three to five year olds.
Class One: (Múinteoir Denise) caters for Junior/Senior Infants.
Class Two: (Muinteoir Nessa) caters for children First Class to Second Class.
Class Three:(Múinteoir Ailish) caters for children from Third to Sixth Class.

The age profile of each special class is subject to yearly review. Ie a child may be moved to a more age-appropriate class should a place become available.

Early Intervention Class :

Click here for the Application Form for Placement in the Early Intervention Class for Children with Autism.

Parents wishing to enrol their child in the EIC must present a psychological report to the school.
This report must include:

- A diagnosis of autism - A statement that the minimum level of cognitive functioning is a mild learning disability - A recommendation for a placement in an EIC attached to a mainstream school.

Once this report has been forwarded to the School Principal, parents will be asked to make an application to enrol the child in the EIC. See Form A attached. The Board of Management will then consider the application and notify the parents accordingly.

A child can take up a place in this class on/after his/her third birthday. The upper age limit for inclusion in the EIC is five. (A child cannot be six during the school year).

Placement in the EIC is subject to a yearly review. Parents will be advised as to the child’s future schooling with the following options considered.

- Mainstream
- Mainstream with resource teaching support
- Special Class attached to mainstream school
- Special school
- Home tuition

The EIC operates a maximum class size of six pupils. One teacher and a minimum of two SNAs will work in the EIC.

Should the number of applicants exceed the number of places a waiting list is put in place.

Enrolment in the EIC does not entitle the child to a place in either a special class or in a class in the mainstream school.

Special Classes:

Click here for the Application Form for Placement in the Special Class for Children with Autism.

Parents wishing to enrol their child in a special class must present a psychological report to the school.
This report must include:

- A diagnosis of autism by a multi-disciplinary team.
- A statement that the minimum level of cognitive functioning is a mild learning disability.
- A recommendation for a placement in a special class attached to a mainstream school.

Once this report has been forwarded to the School Principal, parents will be asked to make an application to enrol the child in a special class. See Form B attached. The Board of Management will then consider the application and notify the parents accordingly.

Should the number of applicants exceed the number of places a waiting list is put in place.

Placement in either of the two special classes is subject to a yearly review. Parents will be advised to future schooling with the following options considered.

- Continuation in the special class
- Continuation in a special class nearer to the child’s home
- Mainstream class in Scartleigh NS with resource teaching support
- Mainstream Class with support in a school closer to the child’s home
- Placement in a Special school
- Home Tuition

Multi-disciplinary support:

COPE Foundation provides a multi-disciplinary support service to children with a diagnosis of autism attending the school. This support includes psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and access to both psychological and social work services.

Mainstream Integration:

It is hoped that children enrolled in the unit experience meaningful integration with their typically developing peers during their time in Scartleigh. The provision of integration for the children is dependent on resources and accommodation.

This policy is subject to yearly review.