Welcome to our enrolment page
Here you will find information on enrolling your child in Canal Way Educate Together.
Our enrolment policy can be downloaded here.
This policy has been set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and provides for equality of access and participation in the school for all children in our society whatever their social, religious, cultural and racial background and whether or not they have a disability or special educational needs.
Canal Way ETNS is under the patronage of Educate Together. Parents/ Guardians are advised to familiarise themselves with the Educate Together ethos prior to enrolling their child in the school.
The school caters for children in Junior Infants to Second Class inclusive initially and as it develops it will cater for children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. It is a developing school and is co-educational and multi-denominational. Canal Way ETNS is a national school and as such operates in accordance within the Rules for National Schools and is dependent on such grants and teachers’ resources as are provided by the DES. All school policies must have regard to the resources and funding provided.
Canal Way ETNS follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).
Under the Education Act 1998, a child may not be allowed to attend or be enrolled in a primary school before the 4th anniversary of his/her birth. In Canal Way Educate Together children must be 4 years old on or before 31st May of the year of admission into Junior Infant classes.
Siblings of children currently enrolled in the school are given priority over those on the pre-enrollment list subject to the conditions outlined below in the Enrolment Criteria. All remaining places are offered on a first come, first served basis, i.e. in order of their place on the pre-enrollment list.
Parents who feel that their child’s adoption or foster placement may have delayed their pre-enrolment date should clearly indicate this on the pre-enrolment form as well as provide all documentation requested to this effect.
In determining admissions the Board of Management/ Manager shall take account of Department of Education and Skills regulations in relation to staffing, class size and class average. The Board of Management/ Manager shall also have regard to issues such as physical space, multi-grade classes, and the presence of children with special educational and/or behavioural needs.
Where it is apparent that a child has a disability or other special educational needs, the school may require that these needs be assessed prior to admission in order to enable the school to make suitable advance preparations for the admission of the student and, if necessary, to seek additional resources.
The school will use the funding provided to it by the Department of Education and Skills to make reasonable provision and accommodation for students with a disability or other special educational needs, including, where necessary, alteration of buildings and provision of appropriate equipment.
Canal Way ETNS endeavours at all times to practice the school policy of inclusion and welcomes applications from children with special educational needs. Such applications are subject to the enrolment principles outlined above. In order to assist the school in establishing the educational and physical needs of the child relevant to his/her ability or special needs, and to profile the support services required, the school requests that the parent/guardian of the child:
Where such a report is not available, a request should be made that the child would be assessed immediately. Following receipt of the report the Board of Management/ Manager will assess how the school can meet the needs specified therein. Where the Board/ Manager deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the DES and/or the HSE provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report.
The Principal may, in conjunction with the Special Educational Needs Organiser (SENO) or DES inspector, meet with the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs.
Applications for admission in respect of a child with a disability or other special educational needs will be refused where the nature of the child’s needs are such that they would make impossible, or have a seriously detrimental effect on, the provision of education by the school to other children.
Children enrolled in Canal Way ETNS are required to co-operate with the school’s Code of Behaviour and other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children co-operate with these policies in an age appropriate way.
Parents of children who have been offered a place will be supplied with a copy of the school’s code of behaviour. Admission of a child to the school is conditional upon the child’s parent(s)/guardians confirming in writing that the code of behaviour so provided is acceptable to them, and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with this code by the child.
Parents may appeal a refusal of admission to the school to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills.
For further information, contact:
Section 29 Appeals Unit
Department of Education and Skills
Friars Mill Road
T | (044) 9337008
E | http://www.education.ie
Parents who are experiencing difficulty in securing a place for their child should contact the National Educational Welfare Board to seek the assistance of their local Educational Welfare Officer: http://www.newb.ie | firstname.lastname@example.org | 01 873 8700
Canal Way ETNS endeavours to provide the highest standards of care for its pupils. In order to achieve this objective successfully, it is vital that the school be informed of any relevant situation regarding health, bereavement, domestic circumstances etc. Any such information should be passed by the school principal and shall be treated in strictest confidence.
The school acknowledges its obligations as a data controller under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003. Information obtained for the purposes of allocating places in the school to applicant children will only be used and disclosed in a manner which is compatible with this purpose. Only such personal data as are relevant and necessary for the performance of this function will be retained. The school undertakes to ensure that such information is processed fairly, that it is kept safe, secure, accurate, complete, and up-to-date. Individuals have the right to have any inaccurate information rectified or erased. All data submitted as part of the admissions process will be destroyed within twelve months of the deadline for receipt of application forms (as opposed to registration) forms. A copy of all personal data obtained and kept as part of the admissions process will be made available to the subject of such data on receipt of a written request to the chairperson of the board of management.
This policy was ratified by the School Manager on the 24th day of April 2013. It is scheduled for review on the 1st day of November 2013. Educate Together, as patron, approved the manner of this policy’s publication on the 24th day of April 2013.
The board of management reserves the right to alter this policy, subject to its statutory obligations, including its obligations to Educate Together as patron. Should the policy be altered, applicant parents will be advised in writing, and will be supplied with an amended policy. All alterations will come into effect 30 days after the date of notification.