2.2:   Sonna National School Enrolment Policy

General Introduction
This enrolment policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Catherine Conroy, Parsonstown, Slanemore and the Principal Teacher, Daithi Ó Fiaich, (044-9373323) will be happy to clarify and further matters arising from the policy

School Name
Sonna National School

School Address
Co. Westmeath

Telephone Number
044 9373323 / 086 2434541

Denominational Character
Roman Catholic

Name of Patron
Bishop Michael Smith

Total Number of Teachers in the School
Principal and 3 Class teachers, 1 Special Education teacher, 1 part-time Resource teachers, 1 full-time Special Needs Assistant

Range of Classes Taught
Junior Infants to Sixth Class, mixed.

The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department. School policy has regard to the resources and funding available.
The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and, 30 of the Education Act (1998).
Within the context and parameters of Department regulation and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act (1998), and the funding and resources available to the school supports the principles of …


Opening Hours
The school opens at 9.30am
Lunchtime is between 12.30pm and 1pm.
Closing time for Junior and Senior Infants is 2.10pm and for other classes are 3.10pm


Application Procedures
Parents who wish to enrol their pupils in Junior Infants for the following school year should make contact with the Principal, Daithi Ó Fiaich, no later than February 10th of that year. They will be requested to fill in an enrolment form and may be asked to provide a copy of their Birth certificate and/or Baptismal certificate (if they were not baptised in the parish). The Board of Management will outline the application for enrolment procedures to the school community through school newsletters and /or through parish bulletins.

Provision of Key information by parents
Certain information will be required, when children are being enrolled. The Board will provide a specific enrolment application form for this purpose. Such information will include


Decision Making


In the event that applications for enrolment exceed/are expected to exceed the number of places available, the following decision-making process will apply. The board will exercise its’ discretion in the application of the following Criteria.

In order to satisfy condition 1 of the enrolment policy, the family must be resident in the marked catchment area, when the Board of Management is deciding on enrolments for September of that year, i.e. in February, of the year of application
The school enrolment policy will be revised and amended as needed, to respond to the changing needs and circumstances of the school and the community it serves.

Admission Day/Date
Junior infants should be enrolled on the first day in September, but the Board will be flexible where parents have difficulties with this requirement.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs
In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report, or where such a report is not available, will request that the child will be immediately assessed. The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required.


Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Science to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child, as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report. These resources may include, for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, or other.

The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist, as appropriate.

Pupils Transferring
Pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy, available space and in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Science. It is a requirement of the Board of Management that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress be communicated between schools, in accordance with Education Welfare Act (2000).