Enrolment Policy

Mission Statement

In Scoil Bhríde our mission is to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy and secure environment, where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral, cultural and social needs of each individual child are addressed.

Scoil Bhríde promotes excellence in teaching and learning.

While Scoil Bhríde is a school with a Catholic Ethos, it recognises and respects other religions and beliefs.


The Board of Management of Straffan National School hereby sets out its Enrolment and Admission Policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and the Board trusts that by so doing, parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters.

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school.

General School Information

Bishop Diarmuid Martin is the Patron of the school. While Scoil Bhríde’s ethos is Catholic, it welcomes children of all other religions and beliefs.

Scoil Bhríde is a mixed, vertical school with an enrolment of 310 pupils and a teaching staff of 11 Mainstream Class Teachers, 1 Principal Teacher, 2 Learning Support Teacher, 1 Resource Teacher and 1 shared Learning Support Teacher.

Class starts at 9.20 a.m. and finishes at 3.00 p.m. Infant Classes finish at 2.00 p.m.


This policy aims to ensure that the appropriate procedures are in place to enable the school

To make decisions on all applications in an open and transparent manner consistent with the Ethos, the mission Statement of the school and legislative requirements.
To make an accurate and appropriate assessment of the capacity of the school to cater for the needs of applicants in the light of the resources available to it.

Legal Framework

Straffan National School operates under the Rules for National Schools and Department Circulars and is funded by DES grants. The school is subject to the Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education to Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. Scoil Bhríde follows the DES curriculum.

Procedures – Application, Enrolment Criteria & Decision / Appeals

Admission to the school is, of course, subject to the resources available to the school including classroom accommodation, class size, teaching resources and financial resources, and subject to the capacity of the school to provide for the needs of those who apply for admission. It is the responsibility of parents / guardians of any child to inform the school of any such needs on the enrolment application form for the child’s own welfare. In this context the school authorities will have equal regard for the welfare of all the students and their right to an education in an atmosphere that is not detrimental to their physical, emotional, moral, social or intellectual development.

Application for immediate admission in the current school year

Application forms are available from the school secretary
The behaviour record of a student in their previous school will be considered
The attendance record of a student in their previous school will be considered
Failure to fully complete forms may result in refusal to admit the applicant

Junior Infant Enrolment Criteria

The number of places available in Junior Infants in any year will be determined by the Board of Management in accordance with the designated pupil / teacher ratio.

In the event of applications being greater than places available, the following criteria will apply :

Catholic children of Straffan area and its traditional hinterland (as marked on attached map) and siblings of present pupils.
Siblings of past pupils.
Children of current school staff.
Catholic children who live outside the Straffan area who do not have a place in a Catholic school.
Non Catholic children of Straffan area and its traditional hinterland.

Where there is an oversubscription, priority will be given to the eldest.

The criteria are listed in order of priority, When spaces are allocated under criterion 1 and space is still available, then criterion 2 comes into play and so on. This prioritisation proceeds until all places have been allocated.

Junior Infant Enrolment Procedure

Applications for admission to Junior Infant Class must be made on enrolment date, February 1st, of the year in which it is expected that the child will start school. The Board of Management strongly recommends that applicant children are at least four years of age on or before April 30 of the school commencement year.

Parents of applicants are invited to the school on that date, to complete an application form. Applicants may have name on the list prior to this date.

The registration process is initiated on receipt by the school of a completed application form. This form must be signed and dated by one or both parents/ guardians, with birth cert and proof of address attached.

Date of application, child’s date of birth, address and telephone contact number are recorded in the School Record of Applications, and an acknowledgement, together with a copy of this policy, is sent to the applicant. The acknowledgement of an application merely confirms that it will be assessed under the criteria outlined, and does not confer any further status on that application.

Entry in the School Record of Applications means that an application will be considered in February of the relevant enrolment year, and will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria outlined in this policy.

Following this evaluation, the Principal will make a recommendation to the Board, listing proposed enrolments for the forthcoming year. Once an enrolment list is approved by the Board, all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome, and if refused admission, will be notified of their entitlement to appeal under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Applicants will be informed within 28 days. Applications received after the designated date will be regarded as late applications. Early application confers no advantage in relation to enrolment. However, it is recommended that the names of applicants be included on the list as early as possible, in order to facilitate future planning.

The Board of Management reserve the right to refuse any application if they feel it would endanger the Health & Safety of our own pupils or staff.

Criteria for Enrolment: Senior Infants to Sixth Classes

Students who transfer from other schools are subject to the above enrolment criteria, and subject to available place in the particular class. If a student is transferring, all relevant reports must be submitted on application.

Code Of Behaviour

All children enrolled are expected to comply with and support the school’s Code of Behaviour, as well as the school’s designated policies on Curriculum, Organisation and Management.


The Board of Management will monitor the implementation of all aspects of the Policy and review and amend the Policy as required, with particular emphasis placed upon

Effective management placed on application process
Clarity and transparency relating to the process

Review Procedure

The policy will be reviewed by the full staff and Board of Management at least every four years.

This Policy was ratified by the Board of Management on 9/1/13

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Contact Info

Scoil Bhride, Straffan, Co. Kildare, W23 CD77
(01) 627 2255