Scartleigh National School General Enrolment Policy

Click here for the Application to Enrol Form.

Click here for the General Enrolment Form.

General Information:

Scartleigh National school is a co-educational Catholic school under the patronage of Bishop William Crean. The school is governed by the Board of Management which includes teachers, parents, representatives of the Patron and members of the wider community.

While the School recognises the rights of parents in choosing the primary school for their children as enshrined in the 1998 Education Act, parents living outside the catchment area of the school will be asked to consider schools nearer to their place of residence before proceeding with enrolment.

Maximum Inclusion Policy:

The school welcomes all children, irrespective of ability, domination or family circumstance. The school extends a particular welcome to children with special educational needs. The school will endeavour to seek the optimum level of support and resources from the relevant agencies in both the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Health to assist in its maximum inclusion policy.

In September 2006 the school opened a Special Class for Children with Autism. The school now has three classes in this Unit which is named An Cuan. Each class has a maximum class size of six. COPE Foundation provides multi-disciplinary support for the children in An Cuan. Applications for places in An Cuan will be considered by the Board in consultation with COPE Foundation.

Click here for a separate policy for enrolling children into An Cuan.


Administrative Principal: Peter Gunning
16 mainstream class teachers
8 Learning Support/Resource teachers (LSRT)
4 special class teachers.
Secretary, Teresa Leahy
Caretaker: Francis O’Rourke
Special Needs Assistants: Tara O’Shea, Caroline McMahon, Roisin Bell, Majella Clohesey, Mary Harnedy, Rebecca Barry, Natalia Marti Cosgrave, Fiona O’Keeffe, Martha Varian, Lesley Ryall, Julie Walsh, Angie Lyne, Lisa Quirke, Ber Murray, Linda Berry, Carol Butler, Michelle Mulchay,Margaret McEvoy

Class Organisation:

For the school year 2016-17 the classes are organised as follows:

Junior Infants: Jen Byrne (Áine Bulman covering Jen’s mat leave)
Junior Infants: Áine Carlton
Senior Infants Gobnait Ní Mhurchú
Senior Infants: Anne O’Leary
1st Class Séamus O’Farrell
1st Class Lisa Rochford
1st Class Claire Heffernan
2nd Class Ciara Tattan
2nd Class: Úna O’Sullivan
3rd Class Luke O’Farrell
3rd Class Cliona Lordan/Louise Geaney (job-share)
4th Class Fiachra Keane
4th Class Róisín Buckley
5th Class Laura Harnedy
6th Class Amy McCarthy
6th Class: Sharon Duggan

Learning Support/Resource Teaching Team:
Claire O’Neill/Claire Fenton (job-share)
Mary O’Neill
Níamh Fitzgerald
Karen Morrissey
Veronica Moynihan
Áine Galvin
Fiona O’Riordan
Jillian Hayes (cluster with Midleton Educate Together)

An Cuan
Special Classes for Children with Autism
Eimear Hicks
Nessa O’Dwyer
Denise O’Donovan
Ailish Walsh

Class organisation is reviewed on an annual basis and is subject to change.

Where a particular class has to be split, children will be placed by the principal in consultation with the class teachers. Classes are split on the basis of mixed ability and gender balance. Decisions on split classes are non-negotiable.

Staff-deployment is decided by the Principal.

Staff are addressed using Christian names. Teaching staff are addressed by pupils using the title Múinteoir (Teacher) followed by their Christian name.


The school is non-fee paying and depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science. Accordingly school policy must have regard to the resources and funding available.

Making an Application to Enrol children into the Junior Infant Class.

-A child must be four years old before the 1st September of the year they start school.
-Parents who wish to enrol a child in the school should arrange to meet the School Principal.
-Parents who wish to enrol their children must sign an Application to Enrol Form. The signing of this form is not a guarantee of a place.
-Parents will be informed of the projected number for the junior infant class(es). They will also be told of projected enrolment numbers and provisional class division plans where relevant.
-Any questions on school policy will be answered where possible.

It is expected that the parents will:

- Inform the school about the child’s progress to date.
- Inform the school of any circumstance(s) which might impact on the child’s education.
- Brief the Principal on any special preparatory measures the school may need to make in order to facilitate the child’s inclusion into the school community.

Induction and Familiarisation:

Incoming junior infants will be invited to the school in June where they will spend an afternoon with the class teacher. The session will last no longer than one hour. Parents are requested to leave the children with the teacher for the duration of the induction session.

Parents will be invited to an evening meeting where they will be addressed by both the Principal and the Junior Infant teacher(s) and a representative of the Parents’ Association. This meeting will be followed by a Questions/Answers session

Making an Application to Enrol Children into Classes other than Junior Infants

- Applications, except in the case of a change of residence, are not generally entertained during the school year.
- Places are not normally allocated to students who wish to transfer from other schools in the locality.
- Parents who wish to enrol their children into classes other than Junior Infants must contact the Principal to arrange a meeting. At the meeting with the Principal, the parents will be informed of the number on roll for the class(es) into which they seek to enrol their child(ren) as well as projected numbers and provisional class divisions where relevant.
- Questions on School Policy will be answered where possible.

It is expected that parents:

- Explain their reason(s) for seeking to enrol their child(ren) in the school.
- Provide the school with written progress records or/and reports from the previous school.
- Inform the school of any circumstance(s) which might impact either directly or indirectly on the child’s education in the school.
- Brief the Principal on any special preparatory measures the school may need to make in order to facilitate the child’s inclusion into the school community.
- Fill out an Application to Enrol Form. The signing of this form does not guarantee an offer of a place. The application will be considered by the Board of Management.

Class Size:

While the school operates a Maximum Inclusion Policy, the following points must be noted.
- The teacher pupil ratio within the school is determined by the Minister of Education and Science.
- The school must abide by the maximum class sizes, as directed by the Minister of Education and Science.

Applications Exceeding Places:

When the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spaces the Board of Management is not obliged to accept any further enrolments and may only do so in emergency situations eg. in co-operation with the HSE.

Parents who seek enrolment of their children when the school is full will be advised to seek enrolment in:
- Either of the other two parish primary schools, Scoil Íosagáin, Aghada or St Colmans, Whitegate.
- Any of the other schools in the East Cork area but particularly those closest to the child’s residence. The Principal will advise parents on an individual basis.

In the event of the number of applications exceeding the number of places available the Board of Management will make the final decision(s) using the following prioritised criteria:

1 - Children who live within the immediate environs of the school.
2 - Siblings already attending the school and children of staff members.*
3 - Parish of Aghada.
4 - All other applicants.

*Should the number of siblings exceed the number of available spaces then the Board will make a decision based on criteria 2 and 3.

All applications will be considered by the Board of Management.

All parents will be contacted in the month of January before the September that their child is due to start school.

Those offered places will be asked to confirm acceptance in writing before a specified date. Failure to confirm acceptance will result in forfeiture of the offer.

Those children not offered places will be placed on a waiting list.

Forfeited places will be offered to those children on the waiting list using the prioritised criteria above.

Equality of Access:

In order to facilitate equality of access for children with special needs the following objectives apply.

- In accordance with Department of Education and Science policy and directives all available resources will be sought. Special teaching support for each child with special needs will be supplied.
- A formalised system of childcare support will be provided for those children who have been assessed as requiring such support.
- The school principal and teachers will liaise and consult with parents, Department inspectors, specialist teachers, psychologists, speech therapists and other relevant agencies to support the education of children with special needs.
- The school shall endeavour to provide as full an education as possible for all children with special needs.
- An Individual Educational Plan will be designed and implemented for each child with special needs. This plan will include provision for regular update and review as the child’s progress is monitored and new educational needs emerge.
- Children with special needs play a participative role within the school community.
- The other children in the school will be informed as to how they can best help children with special needs.
- Staff members are encouraged to attend professional development courses in the area of special needs. This professional development is budgeted for by the school.