Scoil Moibhi Admission Policy
Scoil Moibhi, Milverton, Skerries, Co. Dublin is a Roman Catholic Primary School under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.
Scoil Moibhi has been in existence since 1903 and continues to operate in the small, country school tradition. There are four mainstream classroom teachers -including the Principal- and a learning support teacher. It is a mixed sex school and classes are divided into four multi-grade groups.
The Admission Policy of Scoil Moibhi was created by the school's Board of Management. The school's policy is subject to 'any directions which may be issued from time to time by the Minister for Education.'
The admission policy follows the key provisions from the following:
Scoil Moibhi adopts the key principles of inclusiveness, equality, parental choice and respect within the context and parameters of department regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act and the funding and resources available.
Scoil Moibhi's Admission Policy upholds the characteristic spirit of the school to include the traditions, values, morals and cultural characteristics in accordance with section 15 of the Education Act (1988).
The school enrol children in the following order of priority:
In order to accommodate groups (1) and (2), the Board may have to operate a cut-off age of applicants to give places to groups (1) and (2) if there is pressure for places in the school.
Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
The Board of Management may request a copy of the child's medical and/or psychological report or, where such a report is not available, may request that the applicant be assessed and the report made available to the Board.
In some cases it may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a particular child pending the receipt of an assessment report and/or the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education and Science to meet the specific needs.
The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to assess the school's ability to provide/meet the support/services/resources required. These resources may include, for example, access to or the provision of any combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.
The Principal teacher and/or the Board of Management will be happy to meet with the parents of the child/children to discuss the special need and the school's suitability or capability in meeting those needs.
Pupils may transfer to the school at any time subject to school policy, available space and in some cases the approval of the Department of Education and Science in accordance with the Education Welfare Act (2000) concerning attendance at school.
*See footnote regarding recent Board of Management decision.
Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy. Parents/Guardians will be notified within 21 days of the decision being reached. It is the practice of the Board of Management to make enrolment decisions in January.
Scoil Moibhi upholds the principle that children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available. The Board of Management is committed to upholding the characteristic spirit of Scoil Moibhi as a small country school. The Board must also have regard for any relevant DES guidelines in relation to class size or staffing provisions and/or physical space or the health and welfare of the children.