Reviewed and Amended 1/12/2008
Amended (Re Student Transfers) 08/03/10
Management, Staff, Parents and Pupils of North Presentation Secondary School work in partnership to provide a caring environment in which
The legacy of Nano Nagle, Foundress of the Presentation Order and by extension, the Gospel, challenges Presentation schools to be inclusive, to be especially mindful of the disadvantaged and those with special needs. It also challenges our schools to be truly a resource for the local community, to be mindful of local needs and to focus on the importance of a value-based, Christian education in the Catholic tradition.
The Trustees and Board of Management wish North Presentation Secondary School, Farranree, to embrace the opportunity provided by the Education Act 1998, Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the Equal Status Act 2000 to develop and implement a progressive, inclusive and student-centered admissions policy.
The Board of Management of North Presentation Secondary School, within the context and parameters of Department of Education and Science regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act, the religious and educational philosophy and the Presentation Sisters and the finding and resources available support the principles of
The school operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department of Education and Science.
The school follows the curriculum 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.
North Presentation Secondary School is a Voluntary Catholic Secondary School for Girls only, under the Trusteeship of CEIST. The school is grant aided by the Department of Education and Science.
The school is managed by a Board of Management, consisting of eight persons, made up as follows:
As part of its organisational structure North Presentation Secondary School also has
Subjects Junior Cycle
|Home Economics||Dance & Drama|
|Social, Personal & Health Education||Civic, Social & Political Education|
|Social/Health Education||Social & Scientific (Home Economics)|
Students benefit from the individual attention they receive in small class groups.
They can avail of the services of the Career Guidance Counsellor, Resource Teacher and Learning Support Teacher.
After school supervised study is also provided
The school actively engages with a number of outside agencies to enhance the educational programmes. It is involved through partnership in these programmes with U.C.C., C.I.T and Cork City Partnership.
The school provides the full range of courses available from the Department of Education and Science – Junior Cert, Junior Cert. Schools Programme, Transition Year, Leaving Cert, Leaving Cert Applied and Leaving Cert Vocational Programme
Junior Cert Schools Programme provides the school with a framework to ensure students enjoy positive experiences of the junior Certificate through a creative broad based curriculum that enables them to achieve success in the Junior Certificate examination.
Transition Year is an active one year course available to all students between Junior and Senior Cycle to help them explore their own potential and develop a responsibility for their own learning and decision making. Towards the end of the Third Year, students are consulted by the Guidance Counsellor, following recommendations by a group of their teachers, on the suitability of the Transition Year to their needs. Parents are welcome to be part of this process to ensure the best possible placing for the student.
|Two Computer Rooms||Music Room|
|Art Room||Language Lab|
|Two Science Labs||Sewing Room|
|Prayer Room||Lunch Room|
|Demonstration Room||Tennis Courts|
|Outdoor Basketball Courts||Gymnasium|
Two Modern Home Economic Kitchens
The School boasts two fully equipped state of the art Computer Rooms that facilitate I.T. training for all students and most individual classrooms have Internet access for teaching purposes.
Students are offered the opportunity to become involved in the following activities:
Sport: Basketball, Camogie, Soccer ,GAA, Tennis, Orienteering, Athletics, Activity Weekends.
Cultural/Creative: Choir, Dance, Drama, Comenius Music Project (in partnership with other European Schools|), Young Scientist Competition, Health Week, Language Week, European Awareness Campaign, Educational Foreign Tours, Visits to Art Exhibitions, Theatre, Careers Exhibitions, Visiting Drama groups and outside speakers.
Commercial: School Bank, Young Enterprise Companies
Leadership: Students Council, Meitheal Programme, Anam Chairde, Prefects, Gaisce Awards.
Religious: School Chaplain, Retreats, Liturgical celebrations, community work, prayer room.
Student Awards: Formal recognition to the academic, cultural, social and sporting achievements of the students is given through the Annual Awards Night and regular Realt nominations and awards.
Students are required to be in attendance on all school days from 8.55 a.m. to 1.00p.m., 1.50 p.m. to 3.50 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 8.55 a.m. to 1.05p.m. on Wednesday and 8.55a.m. to 2.50p.m.on Friday. Morning break is from 11.00 a.m. to 11.15a.m.. The school building is open to students from 30 minutes prior to and following the above times.
Opening hours may be subject to minor adjustments.
The school calendar year is in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Education and Science on Standardisation of the School Year and made available to parents prior to each school year.
Parent-teacher meetings take place annually for each year group. Dates are published in the School Calendar and parents are notified in advance.
The Parents’ Council organises a successful Book Loan Scheme within the school. This enables students to receive a full set of books each year at a nominal fee.
North Presentation’s Admissions Policy welcomes all female students for whom the school can provide an appropriate education. The school aims to provide an integrated and an inclusive education.
Each year the Board of Management may have to decide in advance the number of First Year students for whom the school can provide an appropriate education, having regard to the facilities, personnel, plant and resources.
On application the parents/guardians will be met individually to facilitate an exchange of information between school and parent
Students who are eligible for Admission:
Girls who have reached the required age i.e. 12 years on the 1st of January of the year following entry.
Girls who have completed 6th Class in Primary School or equivalent
Conditions of Entry:
Girls who are willing to accept the school ethos
Girls who are willing, with parents/guardians to accept the school Code of Discipline. Confirmation, in writing, is required that parents/guardians and student accept the Code of Discipline
Girls who sit an Assessment Test or equivalent.
Applications should be made on the prescribed form, a copy of which is attached to this policy document.
The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is the second Friday in December of the year previous to admission.
An assessment test is held in the school each February.
The following information should be supplied by parents enrolling a child in the school.
Except in very exceptional circumstances children will be enrolled on application, having regard for the relevant DES provisions regarding class sizes, staffing provisions and other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, such as physical space and the health and welfare of children.
Procedures for decision-making in the event of excess applications are as follows;-
North Presentation Secondary School welcomes students with special needs and will use the resources, both financial and personnel, provided by the Department of Education and Science to make reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities or special educational needs up to a nominal cost so that these students are free to participate in the life in the school in so far as is reasonably practicable.
While recognising and fully supporting parents’ rights to have a school of their choice for their children, the School’s ability to accept students with particular needs is dependent on the supply of resources, suitable to the needs of the individual student, being supplied by the Department of Education and Science.
The School welcomes applications from students with special educational needs unless the nature and degree of those needs is such that to enrol the student concerned would be inconsistent with both the best interests of the student concerned and the effective provision of education for the other students with whom the student concerned is to be educated.
The Board of Management must be made aware of any special needs as early as possible, so that these needs can be assessed and addressed where possible.
Parents are requested to outline the details of a child’s special educational needs on the Application Form.
The Board of Management, having gathered all relevant information and professional documentation, assesses how the needs of these students can be met.
Contact will be made with the National Council for Special Educational Needs
regarding special needs resources to which the student may be entitled.
The Principal may request a meeting with the parents of the student to discuss the application and the student’s needs.
The parents of the student may request a meeting with the Principal to discuss the student’s educational or other needs.
N.B. It may take some time for the Department of Education and Science to
process such applications. Parents are strongly advised to inform the School as early as possible and discuss their particular situation well in advance of making application.
As soon as is practicable, but not later than 21 days, after a parent/guardian has
provided all the relevant information, the Board of Management shall make a decision
in respect of the application concerned and inform the parents/guardians in writing
thereof. (Education Welfare Act (Section 19 (3)).
Girls may transfer into the school subject to:
In exceptional circumstances the Board of Management will consider applications from students who wish to repeat a year. The reason(s) for repeating must be acceptable to the Department of Education and Science as specified in the appropriate circular letters
The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in circumstances which it considers to be exceptional.
Should a student’s application for admission to the school be refused the parents/guardians have the right to appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science. The parents/guardians will be informed in writing of the Board’s decision and the reasons why the student was not accepted will be clearly stated. The right to appeal should be restated and the application form provided. The appeal must be made within 42 calendar days from the date the decision of the Board of Management was notified to the parents/guardians concerned.
North Presentation has a Code of Behaviour which includes discipline procedures, reward systems and a policy on suspension and expulsion. Copies of these policies are available from the school office.
Copies of this Admissions Policy are available from the school office.