St. Edward’s NS Admissions Policy

The purpose of this policy, which is in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, is to assist parents/guardians in relation to enrolment matters.  If required, the chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr. Noel Rooney, and the school principal, Jean McGowan, will clarify any further matters arising from this policy.

School:                  St. Edward’s NS

Address:               Ballytivnan, Sligo

Phone/Fax:            071-9143480



St. Edward’s NS is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Elphin, where children of different nationalities, ethnicities and religions are treated with respect.

The staff of St. Edward’s includes:

  • A Principal
  • Eight Class Teachers
  • Four SET (Special Education Teachers)
  • One EAL (English as an Additional Language) Teacher
  • One Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator
  • One teacher in the Ark – ASD Class
  • Six Special Needs Assistants
  • A part-time Secretary and part-time Caretaker

Teachers work in support teams to meet the needs of individuals and groups of pupils (when staff allocation permits this).

St. Edward’s NS is a mixed school, from Infants to 6th Class.

St. Edward’s NS depends on Grants and Teacher Resources provided by the Department of Education & Skills, and complies with regulations laid down, from time to time by the Department.  In St. Edward’s NS curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education & Skills are followed.

The Board of Management respects parental choice in relation to enrolment, provided the enrolment criteria are fulfilled.

The Board of Management of St Edward’s National School, in its Policy of Admissions/Enrolment, respects the rights of the existing school community and the children already enrolled. Consequently, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each class, bearing in mind:

  • Integration of children from the ASD class to Mainstream Classes
  • Health & Safety Concerns regarding Staff and Children
  • Available classroom space
  • Multi-grade classes
  • Educational needs of the children
  • Presence of children with special needs
  • Department of Education & Skills, class size directives
  • Appropriate Supports and Resources
  • Time of school year

 Procedures – Application, Enrolment Criteria & Decision / Appeals

Parents who wish to enrol a child in St. Edward’s should get an application form from the school.  Certain information will be required prior to enrolment to ascertain whether or not St. Edward’s can meet the child’s educational needs.

 Failure to fully complete forms may result in refusal to admit a student.

  • Further relevant information may be sought at a later stage
  • In applying the criteria for enrolment, the school will take into account Gender Balance Male / Female and limitations in the size of classes

Admission to the school is, of course, subject to the resources available to the school including classroom accommodation, class size, teaching resources and financial resources, and subject to the capacity of the school to provide for the needs of those who apply for admission.  Where the school lacks the necessary resources to meet the needs of any applicant or student, it will make every effort to secure those resources-where the resources cannot be secured, the school reserves the unfettered right to refuse admission.  It is the responsibility of parents / guardians of any child to inform the school of any such needs on the enrolment application form, for the child’s own welfare. 

In this context the school authorities will have equal regard for the welfare of all the students and their right to an education in an atmosphere that is not detrimental to their physical, emotional, moral, social or intellectual development.  Failure to fully complete the application form, failure to supply any relevant information requested by the school or failure to make reasonable arrangements to meet with the school authorities to discuss the application may result in a child being refused admission to the school.

 The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any student in exceptional cases.  Such an exceptional case could arise where either:

  1. The student has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education & Skills, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education or
  2. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.

As a general principle, children will be enrolled on application, provided there is space.  If applications for enrolment exceed the number of places available, places will be offered to:

  1. Children from the St. Edward’s catchment area
  2. Brothers and sisters of children already in the school, and employees children
  3. Children from other areas

Children are admitted on the 1st September.  In exceptional circumstances they may be admitted up to the end of September.

Children may transfer to St. Edward’s NS during the year, if they have moved into the area, if there is space available in this school, and provided that information regarding attendance, educational progress and special needs (including reports) is forwarded to St. Edward’s from their previous school.

It is essential that parents/guardians read the Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying Policy, Healthy Eating Policy, Internet Usage Policy and uniform requirements of this school before enrolling a child.  Parents/guardians will be requested to sign an acceptance form, signalling their willingness to co-operate and support the ethos of the school.

This policy will be reviewed at regular intervals.

Revised April 2013

Revised May 2017