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Admission Policy of Jesus and Mary, Salerno 2020
School Address:Threadneedle Road, Salthill
Roll number:63001G

School Patron: Le Chéile Schools Trust

 

  1. Introduction

This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.

The policy was submitted for approval to the school patron in May 2020. It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.

The relevant dates and timelines for Jesus and Mary, Salerno admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.
This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.

The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.

2. Characteristic spirit and General Objectives of the school
Jesus and Mary, Salerno is a Catholic all girls voluntary secondary school with a Catholic ethos under the trusteeship of Le Chéile Schools Trust.
The purpose of our Le Chéile / Jesus and Mary, Salerno school is to provide an education that acknowledges and affirms the dignity and uniqueness of every human being as a child of God – “The glory of God is humanity fully alive” (St Irenaeus). It embraces the intellectual, physical, cultural, emotional, social, moral and spiritual growth of each student.
Our school seeks to build a learning community that welcomes, and witnesses to, the Gospel values of Jesus Christ, expressed through the lens of the Le Chéile Charter. The school draws on the richness of the religious and cultural heritage of the past and the charism of the foundress, Saint Claudine Thévenet, of The Jesus and Mary Sisters who began this school.
Our school is committed to creating a place of inclusivity, equality and openness, where people can live with and be taught by one another, however diverse our experiences might be. It does not discriminate on religious grounds and is open to students from diverse backgrounds. It offers educational opportunities which promote excellence so that students can respond responsibly to their own lives, the lives of others and the earth, which is our home.
As a Catholic school, Religious Education is central to our curriculum. Alongside Religious Education the school supports students in their Catholic religious formation. All students’ spiritual growth is enhanced through areas such as nature, art, poetry and music. The spiritual life of students can also be deepened through prayer and ritual.
In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of Jesus and Mary, Salerno, shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school

The general objectives of all Le Chéile schools include:-
Welcome recognises the unique dignity and worth of each person.
Wisdom is the pursuit of a greater understanding and appreciation of the world.
Witness comes from the expression of Gospel values, in everyday life, and recognises that every person is made in the image and likeness of God.

Mission Statement of Jesus and Mary, Salerno
The Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Salerno, is a Christian community in keeping with the educational philosophy of Saint Claudine Thevenet.

The school is committed to an education which fosters personal growth, self-worth and openness to the spiritual dimension of life for all its members and aspire to educate, to be educated and to promote responsibility and work together in a respectful, caring and just environment.

School Ethos
The school’s ethos is derived from the educational vision of Saint Claudine Thévenet which:
(a) encourages an education which fosters holistic development, personal growth and self work with an openness to the spiritual dimension of life for its members and
(b) aspires to educate, to promote responsibility, and to work together in a respectful, caring and just environment.
The education of young people in the Catholic faith was a ministry which had priority in all the works of Saint Claudine. Faith is nourished by prayer, reflection on the gospel message and the celebration of the liturgy. Religious Education classes continue to be valued as essential periods within the school timetable and the place of Retreats continue to be ensured.

Operating Context
Jesus and Mary, Salerno is aCatholic voluntary secondary school, under the trusteeship of Le Chéile and grant aided by the Department of Education and Skills. The details of the organisation are as follows:

Board of Management
The school is managed by a Board of Management appointed by the Trustees. The Board, which operates under the Articles of Management for Catholic Voluntary Secondary Schools, comprises eight members – four trustee nominees, two parent nominees and two teacher nominees and the Principal, who acts as secretary to the Board. The Board subscribes to and promotes the ethos of the school as laid down by the Religious and Educational Philosophy of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary and under the patronage of the Le ChéileSchools Trust. The Board supports the underlying principles of:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Full participation for all pupils in the activities of the school.
  • Respect for diversity of languages, values and ways of life while maintaining the stated ethos of the school.

Principal and 1 Deputy Principal– Subject to such direction as may be given from time to time by the Board, the internal organisation management and discipline of the school, including the assignment of duties to members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, shall be controlled by the Principal who shall be assisted in this task by the Deputy Principal in accordance with the terms of his / her job description
Middle Leadership & Management Team– Assistant Principals I & Assistant Principals II & the entire teaching staff
Pastoral Care Structure comprising Care Team which may comprise of Principal, Deputy Principal, Guidance Counsellors, Year Heads, SENCO,SEN team & teachers
Parents’ Council supports the school in a meaningful way and is comprised of a minimum of membership 10 and a maximum membership of 17 parents. This is in line with the National Parents Council Post Primary. A chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer are elected by the group.
Student Leadership is fostered and encouraged through the Student Council and a number of other leadership initiatives promoting and fostering student voice and participation.

Curriculum
The following programmes are offered by the school;

• Three-year Junior Cycle programme
• One-year Transition Year programme
• Two-year Traditional Leaving Certificate programme

Jesus and Mary, Salerno Secondary School operates within the regulations laid down by the Department of Education and Skills and the school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the DES, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998.

Access to programmes may depend on a variety of factors including: resources available from the DES, limits on class and programme sizes, availability of places, suitability for each programme and basic entry requirements.
Students are assigned by the Principal to classes.

Extra -Curricular Activities
As part of the holistic philosophy of education of Jesus and Mary, Salerno and the Le ChéileCharter a wide and diverse range of extra-curricular activities is offered in order to promote the full personal development of each student. Every student is encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities.

School Resources
The financial resources of the school are provided by a combination of grants from the Department of Education and Skills, donations from parents and fundraising. The teaching resources are provided by the Department of Education and Skills.

School Books and Accessories
Parents are responsible for the supply of school uniforms, school books, stationery etc. for their children. Book lists are supplied to students in the month of June each year.
The school also administers the Department of Education and Skills Book Grant Scheme for eligible families.

Code of Behaviour
The school has published, in accordance with the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, a Code of Behaviour. The Code of Behaviour, which emphasises a positive approach to behaviour and discipline and supports the ethos of the school, also contains an anti-bullying policy and prohibits harassment and sexual harassment in the school.
A copy of the Code will be given to parents/guardians of prospective students. The school will require the student’s parents to confirm in writing that the Code of Behaviour is acceptable to them and that they will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that their child complies with its rules and regulations.

3. Admission Statement
Jesus and Mary, Salerno, will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:

  • the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
  • the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned, or
  • the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has special educational needs

As per section 61(3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’, ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.

Jesus and Mary, Salerno is an all-girls school and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit a boy applying for admission to this school.

Jesus and Mary, Salerno is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it admits a student of the Catholic faith in preference to others.

Jesus and Mary, Salerno is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not of the Catholic faith and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

4. Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the school

Students with Additional Learning Needs

Jesus and Mary, Salerno is an inclusive mainstream school. The school is committed to providing excellence in teaching and learning for everyone. Students with Additional Learning Needs are catered for according to the Special Education Teaching Model (Circular 0013/2017 & Circular 008/2019).
To ensure that the needs of students, with additional educational needs, are catered for the school ask that parents / guardians provide the school with all available previous educational records and assessments to ensure the provision of the highest standard of education possible for their child.

5. Admission of Students
Students will be admitted to Jesus and Mary, Salerno based on the information provided by the applicant on the application for admission received before the closing date set out in the annual admissions notice of the school, (62:7.h.ii) other than:

(a)the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)

(b)a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student

(c)The applicant is male*

(d)Jesus and Mary, Salerno, as a Catholic School refuses to admit a student who is not of the Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.

*As Jesus and Mary, Salerno is an all girls’ school it is not deemed to be acting in a discriminatory manner if it refuses to enrol boys. In the circumstances where a student transitions from female to male, the school will discuss with the student and his/her parents / guardians the most appropriate way to respond to the needs of the student, within the resources available to the school and in the context of inclusiveness and respect for the unique dignity of each student.

Jesus and Mary, Salerno is a school whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it admits a student of the Catholic faith in preference to others.

6. Oversubscription

Selection Criteria
The Board of Management will decide the acceptable number of students to be admitted into First Year. This figure will depend on the overall number of students in the school and the capacity for which the school can cater, in any given year. It will also be contingent on resources provided by the Department of Education & Skills and the provision and suitability of necessary accommodation, in any given year. In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, places will be allocated according to the following order of priority:

  1. Sisters of current and past students
  2. Students from Jesus and Mary Primary School, Scoil Ide, Salthill
  3. Daughters of school staff who are employed by Jesus and Mary, Salerno at the time of enrolment
  4. Daughters of parents who attended Jesus and Mary, Salerno (This criterion applies to a maximum of 25% of places only)
    The Remainder of the First Year intake, the number of which may vary from year to year, and is determined each year by the Board of Management, will be taken from the list of applications in the order in which they apply.*

*Applies only up to and including the academic year 2025/26

  • The Principal will verify a student’s right to a place in Jesus and Mary, Salerno utilizing all means available and necessary including the use of past school records and by contacting the feeder schools
  • The Principal will seek permission from parents to contact the feeder schools to verify any and all information provided
  • An original Birth Certificate must be provided on request

A student must be aged twelve years on the 1st January in the calendar year following the student’s entry to first year. (A Birth Certificate will be required to determine this.)

The parents/guardians of students who are not offered a place in Jesus and Mary, Salerno may appeal the decision to the Board of Management. They may also appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills under Section 29 of the Education Act (1998), as amended by the Education Miscellaneous Provisions Act (2007)

Students who are offered a place in Jesus and Mary, Salerno are expected to take all subjects timetabled as part of the school curriculum. The Principal will provide each student and their parents/guardians, offered a place, with a copy of the Code of Behaviour. This is in accordance with Section 23 of the Education Welfare Act(2000). This Code of Behaviour must be accepted and signed and returned to the school by the parents / guardians, before a student can be defined as having been accepted in Jesus and Mary, Salerno. This will be taken to mean that the parent / guardian has read the Code of Behaviour and that they are prepared to assist their child to abide by the Code of Behaviour for the duration of their time in Jesus and Mary, Salerno. It also implies that they will not do or fail to do anything that may be likely to bring the community of Jesus and Mary, Salerno into disrepute.

Applicants with Disabilities
Applicants with disabilities or with special educational needs are welcome subject to the ability of the school to provide an appropriate education. Such applicants with their parents / guardians are interviewed to consider whether or not the school has available the facilities and resources to meet their special needs. The School will, where possible, access the applicant’s records from primary school in advance of entry to the school to enable the school make an application to the Department of Education and Science for resources where necessary. While it is the policy of the school to make provision for such students, as far as it is reasonable and provided such provision gives rise only to a nominal cost, current constraints on plants and resources impose very real limitations on access and participation in regard to some such students. Applicants with special needs will be accepted unless the nature or degree of those needs is such that to do so would be inconsistent with:
(a)the best interests of the child as determined in accordance with any assessment carried out under the Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act 2004 or
(b)the effective provision of education for children with whom the child is to be educated. (as per 2004 Act)

The school reserves the right to refuse to enrol a student where the enrolment would pose a threat to students, staff or property or where a disability is such that it would make the provision of appropriate education unattainable for the student.

In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

A random selection process will apply to all categories where there are insufficient places available. An Admissions Procedure Committee appointed by the Board of Management will oversee the random selection process.A member of the legal profession, appointed by the Board of Management, will act as an independent observer. The offer of a place is subject to parents / guardians formally accepting a place within the required timeframe. Otherwise, it will be presumed that parents / guardians no longer wish to enrol in Jesus and Mary, Salerno.

7. What will not be considered or taken into account
In accordance with section 62(7)(e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:

(a)the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;

(b)a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;

(c)the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;

(d)a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;

(e)a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school;
Please see Selection Criteria 6.1 above

(f)the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school,

This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned. This is also subject to the school making offers based on existing waiting lists (up until 31st January 2025 only).

8. Decisions on applications
All decisions on applications for admission to Jesus and Mary, Salerno will be based on the following:

  • The school’s admission policy
  • The school’s annual admission notice
  • The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving applications

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the admissions period and section 15 below in relation to applications for places in years other than the intake group.)

Selection criteria that are not included in the school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in the school.

9.Notifying applicants of decisions
Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice.

If a student is not offered a place in the school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.

Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).

10. Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant

In accepting an offer of admission from Jesus and Mary, Salerno, the parent/guardian must indicate;

(i) whetheror not they have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If they have accepted such an offer, they must also provide details of the offer or offers concerned and

(ii) whether or not they have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school or schools, and if so, they must provide details of the other school or schools concerned.

Applicants should be aware that failure to disclose this information on the acceptance of a place may lead to an offer being withdrawn by the school.

11. Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn
An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Jesus and Mary, Salerno where—

(a)it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
(b)an 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.
(c)the parent / guardian of a student, when required by the Principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
(d)an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’ as set out in section 10 above.

12. Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of data between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students. Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list of the students in relation to whom—

(i) an application for admission to the school has been received,

(ii) an offer of admission to the school has been made, or

(iii) an offer of admission to the school has been accepted.

The list may include any or all of the following:

(i) the date on which an application for admission was received by the school;

(ii) the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;

(iii) the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;

(iv) a student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005).

13. Waiting list in the event of oversubscription

In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Jesus and Mary, Salerno were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.

Placement on the waiting list of Jesus and Mary, Salerno is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.

Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.

14. Late Applications

All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with the School’s Admissions Policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act.

Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application not later than three weeks after the date on which the school received the application. Late applicants will be offered a place if there is a place available. In the event that there is no place available, the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list.

15. Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school year

This refers to places that may be offered if and when vacancies become available in all years from 2nd to 6th Year in Jesus and Mary, Salerno. The Board of Management is not obliged to fill every vacancy when it arises. The Principal will allocate said places if and when they arise. Refusal to enrol may be appealed to the Board. If a student applies to Jesus and Mary, Salerno who is subject to on-going disciplinary proceedings in another school, their application will not be accepted. This includes any on-going statutory procedures in accordance with the Education Acts. If offered a place in Jesus and Mary, Salerno, transferring students will be expected to furnish all relevant documentation before commencement in Jesus and Mary, Salerno.

16. Enrolment in Transition Year

All students who have completed Junior Cycle in Jesus and Mary, Salerno are eligible to apply for a place in Transition Year. The Board of Management will decide, based on available resources, the number of places being allocated to Transition Year in any given academic year.

Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

The Board of Jesus and Mary, Salerno or any persons acting on its behalf shall not, except in accordance with section 64 of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018, charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-
an application for admission of a student to the school, or
the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

17. Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction

A parent of a student, or a student who has reached the age of 18, who wishes to attend Jesus and Mary, Salerno without attending religious instruction should make a written request to the Principal. A meeting will be then be arranged with the parent or the student, as the case may be, to discuss how the request may be accommodated by the school.

18. Reviews/appeals

The parent / guardian of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.
The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.
The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.
Note: Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

Right of appeal

Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission.
An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.
An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (See Review of decisions by the Board of Management)
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)
Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.
The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.