North Presentation
Secondary School, Farranree, Co.Cork

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Caring for your daughter, building her future

NORTH PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL

FARRANREE,

CORK

ADMISSIONS POLICY

Reviewed and Amended 1/12/2008

Amended (Re Student Transfers) 08/03/10

MISSION STATEMENT

Management, Staff, Parents and Pupils of North Presentation Secondary School work in partnership to provide a caring environment in which

  • Catholic-Christian values are fostered and maintained
  • Each pupil can develop all her abilities and creative gifts
  • Each student can achieve her academic potential
  • Self esteem and respect for the dignity of the individual are promoted.
  • Efforts to maintain and develop links with the wider community are actively encouraged.

SCHOOL ETHOS

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

  • inclusiveness
  • equality of access and participation in the school
  • parental choice in relation to enrolments
  • respect for diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, languages and ways of life in society.

School Resources

  • The financial and teaching resources of the school are provided by a combination of DES grants and teacher allocations and fund-raising. The implementation of the school plan and school policies has due regard to the resources and funding available.

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.

School Structure

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:

  • Four members to be nominated by the Trustees of the school;
  • Two parents of children currently in the school, to be elected by parents whose children also currently attend the school;
  • Two permanent, full-time lay teachers, to be elected by their permanent, full-time teaching colleagues.

As part of its organisational structure North Presentation Secondary School also has

  • A Parents’ Council, elected by the parents of children currently in the school. The Parents’ Council aims to promote the educational development of the students and to assist with the various school activities. The Council meets regularly during the school year and the AGM is held at the beginning of each school year. Membership of the Council is voluntary.
  • A Students’ Council, elected by the students currently attending the school.
  • The Students’ Council consists of students elected from 5th and 6th year students. The Co-Ordinator of the Student Council is a member of staff.

Curriculum

Subjects Junior Cycle

Gaeilge English
Mathematics French
Spanish Geography
Science History
Physical Education Religion
Art Computer Studies
Business Studies Music
Home Economics Dance & Drama
Social, Personal & Health Education Civic, Social & Political Education

Subjects Senior Cycle

Gaeilge English
Mathematics Chemistry
Biology French
Spanish Business Studies
Accountancy Art
History Geography
Music Computer Studies
Career Guidance Enterprise
Mini-Company Physical Education
Choir Religious 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.

Educational Programmes

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.

Facilities

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

Information Technology

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.

Extra Curricular Activities

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.

School Calendar

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.

Book Loan Scheme

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.

Application Procedures

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.

Information to be supplied by Parents

The following information should be supplied by parents enrolling a child in the school.

  • Pupil’s Name, Address, Age, PPS no. and D.O.B.
  • Parents’ / Guardians’ names, addresses and telephone numbers
  • Emergency Contact names and numbers
  • Details of medical conditions
  • Any disabilities or special educational needs
  • Religion
  • Previous schools attended
  • Reasons for transfer if applicable – confidential reference from other relevant schools / personnel will be sought.
  • Any other relevant information.

Allocation of Places

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;-

  • Parish Primary Schools
  • Traditional Feeder Schools
  • Sibling already enrolled in the school

Special Educational Needs

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)).

Transfers from other Second Level Schools

Girls may transfer into the school subject to:

  • The provisions of the school’s Admissions Policy
  • Available space, available appropriate and suitable subject choice
  • That the transfer is in the best interest of the pupil and will not adversely affect the school
  • The school being satisfied with the reasons for the transfer. In this regard the school will request information from the student’s former/present school concerning attendance, educational progress, disabilities and special needs and behaviour.
  • The school regarding the move in the best interests of the student. In this regard mid year transfers will be discouraged
  • Consultation will take place with the Educational Welfare Officer if the school considers this appropriate.
  • Confidential reference from previous school Principal

Students wishing to repeat a year

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

Right of Refusal

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.

Code of Behaviour

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.

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