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Introduction

 St Joseph’s College, Summerhill is an all girls’ school under the Trusteeship of Bishop Christopher Jones, Diocese of Elphin.

 

Admissions Procedures

St Joseph’s College, Summerhill, Athlone is an all girls’ school. The school welcomes students and aims to provide an integrated and inclusive education.

It also follows the curricular programme prescribed by the DES, which may be amended from time to time by the DES, in accordance with the Education Act 1998, (sections 9 and 30).

 

Application for Admission:

The Board will inform the school community of the procedure for application, through the appropriate channels, e.g. the feeder schools, parish newsletter, church announcements and local news papers.

Application for enrolment in the school is made by completing the school’s application form and returning it to the school.

Application forms are available from the school on open day or by request from the school principal. 

The application form must be accompanied by confirmation in writing by Parent or Guardian that the applicant accepts the schools rules.

Provisions will be made for late applications.

All applications are responded to as soon as possible.

 The enrolment is in accordance with the school’s admission policy.

  • The school is satisfied with the reasons for the enrolment following interview with applicant/parent/guardian.
  • The enrolment is in the best interest of the pupil.
  • The general student body is not adversely affected by the enrolment of the student. 
  • Full disclosure of all relevant information from the primary school is made available.
  • Copy of exam results, records of attendance and behaviour are available.
  • Space is available in the school and subjects to facilitate the enrolment.
  • The Educational Welfare Officer is consulted, if necessary.
  • Admission of student is subject to the approval of the Board of Management.

 

Enrolment:

Successful applicants may be asked to attend at the school on a given day, for the purpose of assessment, induction and in order to identify, and plan for, the educational needs of the pupils.

 

 Excess Applications:

The criteria for deciding on acceptance or refusal of applications, where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available. Criteria as follows:

 1. Applicant has a sister in the school

2. Applicants parent/guardian is a past pupil

3. Applicant lives in the parish

4. Applicant attending a feeder school

5. Applicant lives in the school’s catchments area

6. Lottery

7. Waiting List

 In addition to the above criteria, the Board of Management reserves the right to allocate discretionary places, to allow for special family circumstances that may arise.

 

Special Needs Applicants:

The school welcomes applications for admission of girls with special educational needs.  The school will use the personnel and financial resources provided by the DES, to make reasonable provision and accommodation for students with disabilities or special needs.  In making provision for children with special needs, the school needs to know if the child has had access to:

A special needs assistant

  1. Help, for specific needs, from any resource teacher
  2. Psychological assessment
  3. Any additional resources to help with special needs
  4. Help in areas including visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning disability or emotional disturbance

 Having gathered all the relevant information available, the Board of Management will assess how the needs of the child can be met.

The DES will be requested in writing to provide additional resources, if such is needed.

The school will meet the Parents to discuss the needs of the child and the capability of the school to meet these needs.

In exceptional cases, final acceptance of an applicant will depend on the additional resources being provided by the DES.

 

Transfer of students from other schools:

 Girls from other schools may transfer into the school subject to the following conditions:

 The transfer is in accordance with the school’s admission policy.

  • The school is satisfied with the reasons for the transfer following interview with applicant/parent/guardian.
  • The transfer is in the best interest of the pupil.
  • The general student body is not adversely affected by the transfer of the student. 
  • Full disclosure of all relevant information from the former school is made available and a letter from the Principal to support the applicant.
  • Copy of exam results, records of attendance and behaviour are available.
  • Space is available in the school and subjects to facilitate the transfer.
  • The Educational Welfare Officer is consulted, if necessary.
  • Admission of student is subject to the approval of the Board of Management.

  

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