Admission Policy

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POLICY FOR ADMISSION TO SCHOOL YEAR 2024/2025

 

Nenagh College Post-Primary School

 

 

A decision on an application for admission will be based on the implementation of this Policy, the information set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school and the information provided by the Applicant in the application for admission, once received before the closing date set out in the annual Admission Notice. The Principal of Nenagh College is responsible for the implementation of this Admission Policy.

Policy Area Schools
Document Reference Number NEN/ADM/001/3
Version No. 2
Document Drafted by ETBI
Date previous version:

adopted by SLT

noted by TETB

 

20 December 2022

31 January 2023

Date Reviewed / Amended by School October 2023
Date Reviewed and Ratified by Senior Management Team ‚Äď CE and Directors 17 October 2023
Date Noted / to be Noted by TETB 14 December 2023
Policy Review Date Annually
Date of Withdrawal of Obsolete Document August 2024

Document Ref. No. NEN/ADM/001/2

Version No. 2

 

Introduction to [Nenagh College]

Nenagh College was established in 1935 and continues to serve the young people of the area, catering currently for over 500 students.  Students from a wide geographical area attend Nenagh College from Portroe to Toomevara and Ardcroney to Moneygall.  The patron of the school is Tipperary Education & Training Board, Church Rd., Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

 

Nenagh College is a co-educational school offering a broad curriculum through the following programmes: Junior Cycle, Transition Year, Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied Programme.

 

A wide range of extra-curricular activities are offered to students including: Basketball, Soccer, Hurling, Camogie, Athletics, Rugby, Debating, Drama, Green Schools, Wellbeing, etc.  We are very proud of our students’ achievements over the years in Sporting and Cultural Activities.

 

Nenagh College prides itself on its supports for students.  Our Student Support team meet weekly and provide individual support to students in conjunction with their parents.  We have a qualified Guidance Counsellor who is available to both students and parents as required.

 

Nenagh College has very modern facilities following a new school, constructed in 2012 with further Sports Facilities, hurling wall and Astro turf surface, added in 2015 and 2019.

 

We encourage student voice through formal structures with the Student Council and also student voice is to the form in the classroom where students are continuously encouraged to take ownership of their learning.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART A ‚Äď General Information for All Applicants

  1. Glossary of terms
  2. Admission Statement
  3. Legal Framework
  4. General Admission Provisions

 PART B РInformation for Specific Categories of Applicants

  1. Application to the First-Year Group
  2. Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year
  3. Application to the Special Classes

PART A

General Information for All Applicants

  1. Glossary of terms
  2. Admission Statement
  3. Legal Framework
  4. General Admission Provisions (for all Applicants)

1 Glossary of Terms

‚ÄėApplicant‚Äô means the parent / guardian of a Student, or, in the case of a Student who has reached the age of 18 years, the Student, who has made an application for admission to Nenagh College.

 

‚ÄėStudent‚Äô means the person in respect of whom the application is being made. All uses of the word throughout this Policy therefore imply ‚Äėprospective‚Äô as part of the interpretation. That is, the use of the word ‚ÄėStudent‚Äô does not mean that an application or acceptance of offer makes him/her a student of Nenagh College; a person is only regarded as a student of Nenagh College once s/he is enrolled on his/her first day of attendance.

 

‚ÄėEnrolled‚Äô means attending the school as a registered student, in line with section 20(2) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

 

‚ÄėGender‚Äô, in line with the definition of ‚Äúthe gender ground‚ÄĚ in the Equal Status Act 2000, is such that ‚Äúone is male and the other is female‚ÄĚ. This does not prejudice any Student who is Intersex or identifies as Androgynous/Androgyne, Bigender, Demigender, Gender Fluid, Genderqueer, Multigender, Neutrois, Non-binary, Transgender, Transsexual or otherwise

 

‚ÄėParent‚Äô has the same meaning as in the Education Act 1998 and includes a foster parent and a guardian appointed under the Guardianship of Children Acts, 1964 to 1997.

 

For the purpose of the selection criterion relating to the student having a sibling who previously attended the school, ‚ÄėSibling‚Äô refers to full siblings, half-siblings, foster-siblings and step-siblings.

 

Note: the wider definition of sibling in the second of the two paragraphs immediately above is for the purpose of facilitating families who are required to do more than one drop-off and/or collection to/from the school.

 

‚ÄėSpecial Class‚Äô means a class that has, with the approval of the Minister of Education, been established by a school to provide an education exclusively for Students with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister of Education. Nenagh College has a Special Class, established to cater for special educational needs of Students with Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

 

‚ÄėRelevant Report‚Äô, as advised by the Department of Education and the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), means a written report based on an assessment by a relevant professional who makes a recommendation for a Special Class placement. The relevant professional may include an educational psychologist, psychologist, other relevant health professionals, HSE disability services or HSE multi-disciplinary team staff, in line with guidance issued by the NCSE on this point.

 

‚ÄėFirst-Year‚Äô means the intake group of Students for the most junior class or year in a school.

2                      Admission Statement

Definition of a ‚ÄėMultidenominational School‚Äô in an ETB Context

 

ETB schools are state, co-educational, multidenominational schools underpinned by the core values of:

  • Excellence in Education
  • Care
  • Equality
  • Community
  • Respect

 

As¬†the¬†state provider of education, the ETB sector defines a ‚Äėmultidenominational‚Äô¬†school in the following way:

 

In ETB schools, all students are given equal opportunities for enrolment in line with the Education (Admissions to School) Act 2018.  Once enrolled, our schools strive to provide all students with equal opportunities to engage with the curriculum and school life. In all aspects of school life all members of our school communities are treated equitably regardless of their race, gender, religion/belief, age, family status, civil status, membership of the Traveller community, sexual orientation, ability or socio-economic status.

 

Our schools provide a safe physical and social environment that reinforces a sense of belonging to the school community and wider society. They strive to enable every student to realise their full potential regardless of any aspect of their identity or background. Our schools promote a fully inclusive education that recognises the plurality of identities, beliefs and values held by students, parents and staff. We prepare open-minded, culturally sensitive and responsible citizens with a strong sense of shared values.

In ETB schools, students of all religions and beliefs are treated equally.  The school environment and activities do not privilege any particular group over another whilst at the same time acknowledging and facilitating students of all religions and beliefs.

 

Accordingly, Nenagh College shall not discriminate in its admission of a Student based on the following grounds:

 

  • Gender of the Student or Applicant. However, where a school admits students of one gender only, it is not discriminatory to refuse to admit Students not of that gender;

 

  • Civil status of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Family status of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Sexual orientation of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Religion of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Disability of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Race of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • The Student‚Äôs or Applicant‚Äôs membership of the Traveller community;

 

  • Special educational needs of the Student or Applicant. However, where the school provides education exclusively for a category or categories of special educational need(s) in a Special Class, it is not discriminatory to refuse to admit to that class a Student who does not have the specified special educational need(s).

 

Nenagh College shall not charge fees or payments or seek contributions as a condition of admission or continued enrolment of a Student.

 

 

 

3. Legal Framework

Tipperary ETB was established under the Education and Training Board Act 2013 which sets out the functions of all ETBs, including to establish and maintain recognised schools, centres for education and education and training facilities in each ETB’s functional area.

 

The board of management of Nenagh College is a committee established under section 44 of the Education and Training Board Act 2013 and also constitutes a board of management within the meaning of the Education Act 1998.

 

The Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 place a duty on all recognised schools to prepare and publish an Admission Policy.

 

The Education Act 1998 provides for an appeal process in the event of a refusal to admit a Student. The appeal process is set out in section 5.3 in respect of applications made to the First-Year Group and in section 6.3 in respect of applications made to all years other than the First-Year Group.

 

Nenagh College offers religious education in all year groups as it promotes the holistic development of students and can contribute positively to their wellbeing in line with the principles of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle Frameworks. It facilitates the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual values and moral development of students and encourages respect for all members of our school communities. In addition, religious education supports the ‚Äėmulti-denominational‚Äô aspect of our school‚Äôs ethos as it provides opportunities for students to engage with questions around their own religious or non-religious beliefs and those of their peers.

 

It is important to understand that our school does not provide ‚Äėreligious instruction‚Äô and therefore the legal requirement to advise of the option to opt-out of religious instruction does not arise in this school. There is an important distinction between ‚Äėreligious instruction‚Äô and ‚Äėreligious education‚Äô:

  • Religious instruction is a term used in Ireland to indicate instruction in accordance with the rites, practices and teachings of a particular religion or denomination for pupils of that religious tradition.
  • Religious education is open to all pupils regardless of their commitment to any particular religion or worldview. It seeks to contribute to the spiritual and moral development of all students equally.

 

As ETB schools are ‚Äėmulti-denominational‚Äô, Nenagh College supports the provision of religious education that caters for all students regardless of their religious or non-religious beliefs.

 

Parents or students over the age of 18 who wish to opt-out of religious education must make a written submission to the principal in the first instance. The submission should outline reasons why the opt-out is being requested. The principal will then arrange to meet with the parent(s) or student over the age of 18 to discuss the request. If after that meeting the parent or student over the age of 18 still wishes to opt out of religious education, the school will facilitate this by allowing the child to remain in the classroom but not take part in the religious education programme. The student will be allowed to study material from other subjects but must not disrupt the learning and teaching in the classroom.

 

Nenagh College will cooperate with the National Council for Special Education in the performance by the Council of its functions under the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 relating to the provision of education to children with special educational needs, including in particular by the provision and operation of a special class or classes when requested to do so by the Council.

 

Nenagh College will comply with any direction served on the patron or the board, as the case may be, under section 37A and any direction served on the board under section 67(4B) of the Education Act.

 

4                      General Admission Provisions

A decision on an application for admission shall be based on:

 

  • the implementation of this Admission Policy,
  • the annual Admission Notice of the school, and the
  • information provided by the Applicant in the application for admission.

 

If, prior to the commencement of section 62 of the Education Act 1998 by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 on the 1st February 2020, Nenagh College had confirmed, in writing, that an Applicant had been placed on a list relating to the allocation of school places for entrance before the 1st February 2025, then this confirmation is still valid and the Applicant will be offered that place.

 

In processing an application Nenagh College shall not consider:

 

  • The payment of fees or contributions to the school;

 

  • A Student‚Äôs academic ability, skills or aptitude; unless:
  • it is necessary to ascertain whether or not the Student has the category of special educational needs concerned for admission to a school approved by the Minister of Education providing education exclusively to Students with a specified category of special educational needs or a special class.

 

  • The occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a Student‚Äôs Parent(s);

 

  • A requirement that a Student or his or her Parent(s), attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;

 

  • A Student‚Äôs connection to the school due to a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school unless the connection is a sibling of the Student concerned attending, or having attended, the school.
  • The date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school as long as it is received during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual Admission Notice for that academic year.

 

Nenagh College will consider the offer of a place to every Student seeking admission to the school, unless [one of] the following applies:

 

  • The Parent fails to confirm in writing that s/he accepts the Student Code of Behaviour and he/she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the Student;

 

  • The Student seeking admission to a Special Class in the school does not have the category of special educational needs specified by the Minister of Education in respect of that class.

 

Where Nenagh College considers an application, each Student shall receive a place, unless the school is oversubscribed, in which case, selection criteria will be applied to each application.

 

Section 5 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for the First-Year Group.

 

Section 6 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for all year groups other than First-Year.

 

Section 7 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for the Special Classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART B

Information for Specific Categories of Applicants

 

 

  1. Application to the First-Year Group
  2. Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year
  3. Application to the Special Classes

 

 

 

SECTION 5

Application to the First-Year Group

 

 

5                      Application to the First-Year Group

  • Admission Provisions (First-Year Group)
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer
    • Appeals

 

 

 

  • Appeals

5.2.1 Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription

5.2.2 Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription

5.2.3 Basis for a review by the board of management

 

 

5.1              Admission Provisions (First-Year Group)

Where Nenagh College is not oversubscribed, all Students will be offered a school place, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8.

 

A Student applying for the First-Year Group but seeking admission to the Special Class should see section 7 of this Admission Policy. If the Student is also applying for a place in the mainstream First-Year Group in the event of an unsuccessful application to the Special Class, this section 5 is also applicable.

 

 

  • Oversubscription

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 5.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Nenagh College is in a position to offer further school places that become available for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list, subject to the provisions of section 7.1.1 regarding the Special Class.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the school for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications to all year groups other than First-Year.

 

Where an application is made on behalf of a Student for both the Special Class and a mainstream year group, and his/her application for one but not both is successful, s/he will remain in the same position on the waiting list for the group to which s/he was not successful, regardless of whether the Applicant accepts the place in the group to which the Student was successful.

 

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

 

 

  • Selection criteria in order of priority

Nenagh College will apply the following criteria for admission to the First-Year Group:

 

  • If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school:
  • Distance from home address to Nenagh College by road. Places will be offered to Students who live closest to Nenagh College. Eircodes will be used to determine distance.

 

 

  • Selection process

Nenagh College will apply the selection process as follows:

 

Applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available, the remaining Applicants are considered in light of the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the school. This process is continuously carried out against all selection criteria until all available places have been offered and accepted.

 

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, Nenagh College will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the school, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

 

N.B. The number of places available in a year group is subject to reduction in the event that a placement(s) in the Special Class is/are given to Student(s) from that year group, i.e. the selection process for the Special Class will be completed before the selection process for the mainstream year group and the number of Students who are offered a place in the Special Class will be the number by which the places in the relevant mainstream year group(s) are reduced.

  • Late applications

An application received by Nenagh College after the closing date published by the school, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

 

Where Nenagh College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications, irrespective of any selection criteria which may been applied to applications received before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school, subject to section(s) 4.7 and 4.8. For the avoidance of doubt, selection criteria are not relevant to, and will not be applied to, late applications.

 

Where Nenagh College is not oversubscribed, i.e. there is no waiting list,  and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within the school, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8 and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

 

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Nenagh College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the school have been filled.

 

  • Acceptance of a place

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

 

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

 

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the School’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

 

  • Refusal

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

 

  • The reasons that the Student was not a offered a place in Nenagh College;
  • Details of the Student‚Äôs ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year group to which the Applicant is applying is oversubscribed;
  • Details of the Student‚Äôs place on the waiting list, if applicable; and
  • Details of the Applicant‚Äôs right to appeal the decision.

 

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and  4.8 an offer of admission may not be made where:

 

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.

 

  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

 

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

 

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place for that academic year (and shall not be placed on a waiting list). If the Applicant still desires a place for that academic year, a new application must be made for the same academic year on behalf of that Student and shall be treated as a late application in line with section 5.1.4 above.

 

  • Appeals

For information relating to an Applicant’s right to appeal a decision of Nenagh College regarding admission to the First-Year Group, see section 5.3.

5.2.         Appeals

5.2.1 Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must first request a review by the board of management in writing, via a ‚ÄėBOMR1 Form‚Äô, available from the school office and on the school‚Äôs website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Nenagh College. Such a review must be sought by the Applicant within twenty-one calendar days of the school‚Äôs decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead. Completed BOMR1 Forms should be submitted to the school office or online by emailing adminnenaghcollege@tipperaryetb.ie.

 

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an Appeals Committee established by the Minister for Education under section 29A of the Education Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing on a ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô and must be submitted to the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. The ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô may be downloaded from the Department‚Äôs website or may be obtained directly from the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. Contact details for the Unit are available on the Department‚Äôs website. As per the Department of Education‚Äôs ‚ÄėProcedures for hearing and determining appeals under section 29‚Äô, such an appeal must not be brought until the Applicant has received correspondence from the board of management in relation to the review, or until 42 calendar days have passed since the date of initial refusal and may not be brought later than 63 calendar days after the initial decision to refuse admission.

 

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Nenagh College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may first choose to request a review by the board of management, via a ‚ÄėBOMR1 Form‚Äô, available from the school office and on the school‚Äôs website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Nenagh College. Such a review must be sought by the Applicant within twenty-one calendar days of the school‚Äôs decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education after the publication of this policy, same shall apply instead. Completed BOMR1 Forms should be submitted to the school office or online by emailing adminnenaghcollege@tipperaryetb.ie. (An applicant may withdraw a request for review at any time prior to the conclusion of the review by notifying the board of management in writing to that effect.)

 

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an Appeals Committee established by the Minister for Education under section 29A of the Education Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing on a ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô and must be submitted to the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. The ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô may be downloaded from the Department‚Äôs website or may be obtained directly from the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. Contact details for the Unit are available on the Department‚Äôs website. As per the Department of Education‚Äôs ‚ÄėProcedures for hearing and determining appeals under section 29‚Äô, such an appeal may not be brought later than 63 calendar days after the initial decision to refuse admission.

 

If an Applicant who seeks a review by the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, that Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an Appeals Committee established by the Minister for Education under section 29A of the Education Act 1998, as outlined in the immediately preceding paragraph.

 

  • Basis for a review by the board of management:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, any request for the board of management to review a decision of the school to refuse admission must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to review the decision.

SECTION 6

Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year

 

6                      Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year

  • Admission Provisions (other than First-Year)
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer
    • Appeals

 

6.2      Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription
  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription
  • Basis for a review by the board of management

 

 

 

 

6.1             Admission Provisions (Other Than First-Year)

Where Nenagh College is not oversubscribed, all Students will be offered a school place, subject to sections 4.7, and 4.8.

 

A Student applying for admission to a year group other than First-Year but seeking admission to the Special Class should see section 7 of this Admission Policy. If the Student is also applying for a place in the mainstream year group other than First-Year in the event of an unsuccessful application to the Special Class, this section 6 is also applicable.

 

  • Oversubscription

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 6.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Nenagh College is in a position to offer further school places that become available for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list, subject to the provisions of section 7.1.1 regarding the Special Class.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the school for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications to all years other than the First-Year Group.

 

“Where an application is made on behalf of a Student for both the Special Class and a mainstream year group, and his/her application for one but not both is successful, s/he will remain in the same position on the waiting list for the group to which s/he was not successful, regardless of whether the Applicant accepts the place in the group to which the Student was successful.

 

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

 

Where the Transition Year Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied Programme in Nenagh College are oversubscribed, a Student applying for admission to such programmes in the relevant year group, will, subject to this policy, be placed on the appropriate waiting list already compiled (annually) by the school, which list will contain the names of students enrolled in the school who have been placed on an internal waiting list for these programmes.

 

  • Selection criteria in order of priority

Nenagh College will apply the following criteria for admission to a year group other than First-Year:

 

6.1.2.1        If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school;

6.1.2.2        Distance from home address to Nenagh College by road. Places will     be   offered to Students who live closest to Nenagh College. Eircodes will be used to determine distance.

 

Any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not an Applicant is admitted.

 

 

  • Selection process

Nenagh College will apply the selection process as follows:

 

Applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered

in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available, the remaining Applicants are considered in light of the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the school. This process is continuously carried out against all selection criteria until all available places have been offered and accepted.

 

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, [XX School] will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the school, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

 

  • Late applications:

An application received by Nenagh College after the closing date published by Nenagh College, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

 

Where Nenagh College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications, irrespective of any selection criteria which may been applied to applications received before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8. For the avoidance of doubt, selection criteria are not relevant to, and will not be applied to, late applications.

 

Where Nenagh College is not oversubscribed, i.e. there is no waiting list, and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within Nenagh College, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8 and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied, i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

 

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Nenagh College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the school have been filled.

 

  • Acceptance of a place:

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

 

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

 

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

 

  • Refusal:

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

 

  • The reasons that the Student was not a offered a place in Nenagh College,
  • Details of the Student‚Äôs ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year group to which the Applicant is applying is oversubscribed,
  • Details of the Student‚Äôs place on the waiting list, if applicable, and
  • Details of the Applicant‚Äôs right to appeal the decision.

 

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and 4.8 an offer of admission may not be made where:

 

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.

 

  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

 

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

 

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place for that academic year (and shall not be placed on a waiting list). If the Applicant still desires a place for that academic year, a new   application must be made for the same academic year on behalf of that Student and shall be treated as a late application in line with section 6.1.4 above.

 

  • Appeals:

For information relating to an Applicant’s right to appeal a decision of Nenagh College regarding admission to a year group other than First-Year, see section 6.3.

6.2            Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must first request a review by the board of management in writing, via a ‚ÄėBOMR1 Form‚Äô, available from the school office and on the school‚Äôs website,¬† for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Nenagh College. Such a review must be sought by the Applicant within twenty-one calendar days of the school‚Äôs decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead. Completed BOMR1 Forms should be submitted to the school office or online by emailing adminnenaghcollege@tipperaryetb.ie.

 

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an Appeals Committee established by the Minister for Education under section 29A of the Education Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing on a ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô and must be submitted to the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. The ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô may be downloaded from the Department‚Äôs website or may be obtained directly from the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. Contact details for the Unit are available on the Department‚Äôs website. As per the Department of Education‚Äôs ‚ÄėProcedures for hearing and determining appeals under section 29‚Äô, such an appeal must not be brought until the Applicant has received correspondence from the board of management in relation to the review, or until 42 calendar days have passed since the date of initial refusal and may not be brought later than 63 calendar days after the initial decision to refuse admission.

 

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Nenagh College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may first choose to request a review by the board of management, via a ‚ÄėBOMR1 Form‚Äô, available from the school office and on the school‚Äôs website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Nenagh College. Such a review must be sought by the Applicant within twenty-one calendar days of the school‚Äôs decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead. Completed BOMR1 Forms should be submitted to the school office or online by emailing adminnenaghcollege@tipperaryetb.ie. (An applicant may withdraw a request for review at any time prior to the conclusion of the review by notifying the board of management in writing to that effect.)

 

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an Appeals Committee established by the Minister for Education under section 29A of the Education Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing on a ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô and must be submitted to the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. The ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô may be downloaded from the Department‚Äôs website or may be obtained directly from the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. Contact details for the Unit are available on the Department‚Äôs website. As per the Department of Education‚Äôs ‚ÄėProcedures for hearing and determining appeals under section 29‚Äô, such an appeal may not be brought later than 63 calendar days after the initial decision to refuse admission.

 

If an Applicant who seeks a review by the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, that Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education  under section 29A of the Education Act 1998, as outlined in the immediately preceding paragraph.

 

  • Basis for a review by the board of management:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, any request for the board of management to review a decision of the school to refuse admission must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to review the decision.

 

 

7                       Application to the Special Class

SECTION 7

Application to the Special Classes

 

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  • Admission Provisions for the Special Classes
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer

 

  • Appeals
  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription
  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription
  • Basis for a review by the board of management

 

 

7.1.           Admission Provisions for the Special Classes

Nenagh College has a Special Class, established to cater for the special educational needs of Students with Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

 

Only applications in respect of Students whose needs fall within the category of special educational needs provided for by the Special Class will be considered. In this respect, the school requires that such needs of the Student be verified in a Relevant Report which has been prepared within the 24 months immediately preceding the Student’s application to the Special Class.

 

Where the Special Class in Nenagh College is not oversubscribed, all Students whose needs fall within the category of special educational needs provided for by the Special Class, as confirmed by the NCSE, will be offered a place in the Special Class, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8.

 

  • Oversubscription:

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 7.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Nenagh College is in a position to offer further places that become available in the Special Class for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list subject to there being a place in the relevant mainstream year group.

 

If there is not a place available in the relevant year group, the next person on the waiting list for the Special Class will be considered for the place in question but this will not change the initial Student’s place on the waiting list for the Special Class for the remainder of that school year, i.e. if another place subsequently became available in the Special Class during that school year, the initial Student at the top of the waiting list would be considered first, but again subject to there being a place in the relevant year group for that Student.

 

 

For clarity, even if a place becomes available in a given mainstream year group, if there is a waiting list for that year group, the Students on that list have first refusal at the place in the year group irrespective of any matters relating to the Special Class.

 

Where an application is made on behalf of a Student for both the Special Class and a mainstream year group, and his/her application for one but not both is successful, s/he will remain in the same position on the waiting list for the group to which s/he was not successful, regardless of whether the Applicant accepts the place in the group to which the Student was successful.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the Special Class for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission to Special Class in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications for the Special Class.

 

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

 

  • Selection criteria in order of priority:

Applications to the Special Class will only be considered if the Student’s needs fall within the specified category of special educational needs provided for by this class. Subject to this requirement, in the event of oversubscription, the following criteria for admission to the Special Class will apply:

 

  • If the student is already enrolled in Nenagh College
  • If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school
  • Distance from home address to Nenagh Community College by road. Places will be offered to Students who live closest to Nenagh College. Eircodes will be used to determine distance
  • The greatest level of need, as determined by the Principal in consultation with the SEN team in the school, having considered the Relevant Report in respect of the Student.
  • Selection process:

Nenagh College will apply the selection process as follows:

 

Having met the criteria for admission to the Special Class, applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available the remaining Applicants are considered against the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the Special Class. This process is continuously carried out against all selection criteria until all available places have been offered and accepted.

 

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, [XX School] will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the Special Class, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

 

N.B. The number of places available in a year group is subject to reduction in the event that a placement(s) in the Special Class is/are given to Student(s) from that year group, i.e. the selection process for the Special Class will be completed before the selection process for the mainstream year group and the number of Students who are offered a place in the Special Class will be the number by which the places in the relevant mainstream year group(s) are reduced.[1]

 

  • Late applications:

An application received by Nenagh College after the closing date published by Nenagh College, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

 

Where Nenagh College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications, irrespective of any selection criteria which may been applied to applications received before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8. For the avoidance of doubt, selection criteria are not relevant to, and will not be applied to, late applications.

 

Where Nenagh College is not oversubscribed, i.e. there is no waiting list, and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within Nenagh College subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8 and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

 

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Nenagh College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the Special Class have been filled.

 

  • Acceptance of a place:

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

 

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

 

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the school’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

  • Refusal:

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

 

  • The reasons that the Student was not a offered a place in Nenagh College;
  • Details of the Student‚Äôs ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year group to which the applicant is applying is oversubscribed;
  • Details of the Student‚Äôs place on the waiting list, if applicable; and
  • Details of the Applicant‚Äôs right to appeal the decision

 

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and 4.8 an offer of admission may not be made where:

 

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.

 

  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

 

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

 

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place for that academic year (and shall not be placed on a waiting list). If the Applicant still desires a place for that academic year, a new application must be made for the same academic year on behalf of that Student and shall be treated as a late application in line with section 7.1.4 above.

 

 

 

7.2.         Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must first request a review by the board of management ¬†in writing, via a ‚ÄėBOMR1 ¬†Form‚Äô, available from the school office and on the school‚Äôs website,¬† for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Nenagh College Such a ¬†review must be sought by the Applicant within twenty-one calendar days of the school‚Äôs decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead. Completed BOMR1 Forms should be submitted to the school office or online by emailing adminnenaghcollege@tipperaryetb.ie.

 

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an Appeals Committee established by the Minister for Education under section 29A of the Education Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing on a ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô and must be submitted to the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. The ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô may be downloaded from the Department‚Äôs website or may be obtained directly from the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. Contact details for the Unit are available on the Department‚Äôs website. As per the Department of Education‚Äôs ‚ÄėProcedures for hearing and determining appeals under section 29‚Äô, such an appeal must not be brought until the Applicant has received correspondence from the board of management in relation to the review, or until 42 calendar days have passed since the date of initial refusal and may not be brought later than 63 calendar days after the initial decision to refuse admission.

 

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Nenagh College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may first choose to request a review by the board of management, via a ‚ÄėBOMR1 Form‚Äô, available from the school office and on the school‚Äôs website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management ¬†of Nenagh College. Such a review must be sought by the Applicant within twenty-one calendar days of the school‚Äôs decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead. Completed BOMR1 Forms should be submitted to the school office or online by emailing adminnenaghcollege@tipperaryetb.ie. (An applicant may withdraw a request for review at any time prior to the conclusion of the review by notifying the board of management in writing to that effect.)

 

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an Appeals Committee established by the Minister for Education¬† under section 29A of the Education Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing on a ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô and must be submitted to the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. The ‚ÄėSection 29 Appeal Form‚Äô may be downloaded from the Department‚Äôs website or may be obtained directly from the Section 29 Appeals Administration Unit in the Department of Education. Contact details for the Unit are available on the Department‚Äôs website. As per the Department of Education‚Äôs ‚ÄėProcedures for hearing and determining appeals under section 29‚Äô, such an appeal may not be brought later than 63 calendar days after the initial decision to refuse admission.

 

If an Applicant who seeks a review by the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, that Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an Appeals Committee established by the Minister for Education under section 29A of the Education Act 1998, as outlined in the immediately preceding paragraph.

 

  • Basis for a review by the board of management:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, any  request for the board of management to review a decision of the school to refuse admission must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to review the decision.

 

 

[1] This approach is based on section 2 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act 2004, which requires that: ‚ÄúA child with special educational needs shall be educated in an inclusive environment with children who do not have such needs unless the nature or degree of those needs of the child is such that to do so would be inconsistent with the best interests of the child as determined in accordance with any assessment carried out ‚Ķ. or the effective provision of education for children with whom the child is to be educated.‚ÄĚ