Polasaí Iontrála agus Rannpháirtíochta

Polasaí Iontrála agus Rannpháirtíochta



Section A        Mission Statement

Section B        Operating Context

  • Relevant Legislation
  • Funding Bodies

Section C         School Details

v Type of School

  • Management Structure
  • Organisations within the school
  • Teaching Resources & Curriculum
  • Extra-Curricular Activities

Section D        Procedures

v Application / Enrolment

  • Information required for enrolment
  • Enrolment Criteria
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Transfers from other schools
  • Code of Behaviour

Section E

  • Appendices
  • Right of Appeal

Section A:  Mission Statement of Colaiste Ailigh


  • Cuireann an Coláiste, i gcomhpháirnéireacht leis an phobal uilig, oideachas d’ard chaighdeán ar fail trí mheán na Gaeilge do mhuintir Leitir Ceanainn agus na ceantair máguaird.

The Mission statement of Coláiste Ailigh states that in active partnership with the whole community the Coláiste is committed to:

  • Cuireann an Choláiste oideachas d’Ard chaighdeán ar fail trí mheán na Gaeilge.
  • Cuireann sí roimpi meas don Chultúr ghaelach a chothú i bpobal na scoile agus creideann sí sa
  • chothromaíocht,
  • i luach an duine agus
  • i spiorad an náisiúin.
  • Cuireann sí roimpi deá thréithe,
  • pearsantacht,
  • spioradáltacht,
  • moráltacht agus
  • sibhialtacht an duine a fhorbairt agus a spreagadh.

Forbairt iomlán an dalta í ngach gné den saol le Rannpháirtíocht iomlán ón phobail áitiúil.

Section B:     Operating Context

In the Operating Context, the Admission and Participation Policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of

  • The Education Act 1998
  • The Education Welfare Act 2000
  • The Equal Status Act 2000
  • The Vocational & Educational Acts 1930-2001 inclusive.

Subject to:

  • the context and parameters of the Department of Education & Science Regulations and Programmes;
  • the rights of the Patron, i.e. the Educational & Training Bord, as set out in the Education Act;
  • the Mission Statement as set out above;
  • The funding and resources available.

The school supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness in enrolment policies;
  • Equalities of access and participation in the school;
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment;
  • Respect for diversity of traditions, values, beliefs, languages and ways of life in society;
  • The enrolment of students who have a disability or other special educational needs.

The financial, physical and teaching resources of the school are provided by

  • grants received from the Department of Education & Science via County Donegal E.T.B.,
  • the teacher allocations from the Department of Education & Science;
  • additional facilities for school and community use;
  • the implementation of the School Plan and School Policy, having due regard to resources and funding available.

The school operates within the guidelines and regulations laid down from time to time by the Department of Education & Science and Co. Donegal Educational Training Bord.

The school follows the curricular programmes detailed in the prospectus for the _2012/2013_________ school year as 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.

Section C:    School Details


Type of School:

  • Multi-Denominational, Co-educational school;
  • Under the trusteeship of Co. Donegal E.T.B.;
  • Grant aided, publicly funded.
  • All subjects taught through the medium of Irish.



  • Under Co. Donegal E.T.B., as patron of the school
  • Membership of the Board of Management


Alma Uí Churraighín (Chairperson)

Pádraid Mac An Bhoicaire

Brian Mac Colgáin

Oilibhéar Mac Daibhéid

Maighréad Nic Suibhne

Áine Nic Phaidín

Shane Ó Breacáin

Celine Uí Ghallachóír



Michéal Ó Giobúin


 Úna Ní Bhriain



A Parents’ Association and a Student Council have been established and are very active. (See appendix 1)

Teaching Resources & Curriculum


Number of teachers:  __18.25____ whole-time equivalents.

Programmes:-       Junior Cycle / Junior Certificate Programme;

Senior Cycle / Leaving Certificate Programme;

Transition Year

Special Needs are catered for by Learning Support and Resource hours allocated by the Department of Education & Science.


Extra-Curricular Activities / Parallel Curriculum:

These activities complement the formal curriculum in contributing to the all-round physical development of students.  The activities include:  Drama/Music, Gaisce , Young Scientist, GAA, Soccer, Rugby,  tennis, Basketball, Athletics, Swimming, Cycling,  Golf and Educational Tours.  Participation in extra-curricular activities is promoted through inter-school activities, lunchtime activities, soccer leagues, etc.  All students are encouraged to participate in these programmes.


Other relevant information:


Full particulars of the school calendar for 2014-2015 session, inclusive of school opening hours, Parent/Teacher meetings, Staff Development Programmes, etc.,are available in appendix 3 and on school website (www.colaisteailigh.com)

The school is committed to continued development of a School Book Rental/Loan Scheme.

Section D:    Procedures

Application / Enrolment will be in accordance with the Education Act 1998, Education Welfare Act 2000 and Equal Status Act 2000, etc.




Parents seeking to enrol their children are requested to return a completed Enrolment Form (available from school)


Enrolment will take place on Thursday December 1st



Final Enrolment date:    February 10th 2015 ______________________


Provision of key information by parents:

All applications must include the following information:

  • Pupil’s Name, Age, Date of Birth, Address, Nationality
  • Parent/Guardian names and addresses;
  • Telephone contact numbers;
  • Emergency contact numbers;
  • Details of medical conditions, including disabilities or special educational needs;
  • Family doctor; Medical card status
  • Other family members in attendance at school;
  • Legal orders in place re guardianship/collection arrangements
  • Religious Affiliation; Traveller Status (if applicable), Previous School(s) attended;
  • Permission to use photographic/video/film footage of student during school activities
  • Reason for transfer, if applicable.

Application Form must be completed in full.

Decision-making process


Decisions will be notified to parents after receipt of the above information and any other further information, which may be required and will be prescribed under Section 19 of the Education Welfare Act 2000.

In exceptional circumstances, pupils will be enrolled on application.

In making decisions on applications the Board will have regard to relevant Department of Education & Science provisions in relation to

  • Class size;
  • Staffing provisions;
  • Requirements concerning accommodation, such as Physical space or the health and welfare of the children, e.g. to be a recognised pupil of this school a student must be 12 years of age on 31st December in the calendar year of the child’s entry into first year. Birth Certificates are required for this purpose.


Enrolment Criteria:

The school, subject to the limitations in this policy, supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational needs;
  • Equality of access and participation in the school;
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment;
  • Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, and ways of life in society;
  • Openness, accountability and transparency.

Equality of access and participation is the key value that determines the enrolment of pupils in our school.. The school endeavours to provide a high standard of education through the medium of Irish.  No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special education needs, disability, gender, traveller status or religious / political beliefs and values.

Enrolment Criteria
  1. Children from Gaelscoileanna.
  2. Siblings and step-siblings resident at the same address of a current pupil;
  3. Children of staff members

Reservations by Board of Management

While recognising the right of students and parents to enrol in the school, the Board of Management have a responsibility to respect the rights of the existing School Community and, in particular, the students already enrolled.  This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the principles of natural justice and acting in the best interests of all students.

Enrolment assessment.

Students will be assessed on their level of English, Maths and Irish on the Saturday November (29/11/14).  The purpose of this is to ascertain whether a child has a special educational need and they have a suitable level of Irish.

Special Educational Needs


The Board of Management and staff of the school will endeavour to:

  • identify children who may be applying for admission to the school and who have special educational needs and to become familiar with their needs;
  • request copies of the child’s medical, psychological report / individual education programme;
  • request immediate assessment, where necessary.

Parents/Guardians of students with Special Educational Needs, whether educational, medical, psychological or social needs, should submit all relevant information suitably in advance of March of the year of enrolment, in order that the school may plan and acquire the necessary resources, both teaching and ancillary, to provide an appropriate programme of education for the child.

Application for the provision for Special Educational Needs to the Department of Education & Science will be in writing and supported by the reports supplied by parents/guardians.  Co-operation between the Parent/Guardian of students with special educational needs and the Board of Management / School is essential to ensure that appropriate facilities are allocated and in place for September.  In some instances it may be necessary for the Board of Management or the Principal, acting on it’s behalf, to defer enrolment of a particular child pending receipt of assessment, reports and/or the provision of the appropriate resources by the Department of Education & Science, to meet the particular special educational needs of the student.

Transfers from other second level schools:

Pupils may transfer into the school subject to:

  • The school’s Admission Policy;
  • The school authorities being satisfied regarding the reasons for application.

An application to transfer from an existing second level school must be accompanied by all relevant information including reports on:

  • Attendance Record;
  • Educational progress, inclusive of subjects covered;
  • Report on behaviour;
  • Special Educational Needs.


Any student who is admitted to the school or transfers from an existing second level school may be subject to a period of probation or subject to conditional admission to the school as determined by the Principal / Board of Management, e.g. a period of six weeks or one term.  The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in exceptional circumstances.

Such exceptional circumstances are exemplified by:

  • an established adverse record or behaviour of the student;
  • lack of adequate resources to cater for the particular needs of the student;

Code of Behaviour

The school’s Code of Behaviour is attached (Appendix 3). This code includes:

  • acceptable standards of behaviour;
  • rewards systems;
  • disciplinary measures that may be taken;
  • procedures before suspension or expulsion

Each parent/guardian of a student applying for enrolment to the school will be required to sign an undertaking in relation to the Code of Discipline as a condition for enrolment in the school.

Section E:     Aguisíní

  • Enrolment Form
  • Code of Behaviour


Right of Appeal


Parents have the right to appeal a refusal by a school to enrol a student under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 as restated in Circular Letter M48/01 of the Department of Education & Science.