Enrolment & Admissions

St. Paul’s Special School is a Catholic School under the trusteeship of the Sisters of Mercy. The school caters for children with a diagnosis of DSM V (Autism/ASD). Most children attending St. Paul’s Special School have an accompanying significant learning disability. St. Paul’s School works in co-operation with St. Paul’s Hospital (Mater Hospital) providing clinical supports and respite services.

The school recognises the central role of the family as the primary educator of the child and accepts and supports the constitutional right and duty of parents to provide for the religious, moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children.

Enrolment Policy for Main School

  • On receipt of referrals from outside agencies the Medical Director of St. Paul’s Services reviews each referral to ensure there is sufficient information to confirm the child’s diagnosis of autism and their cognitive development. If this information is not available the referrer will be asked to provide additional information.
  • The child’s name is then placed on the waiting list.
  • Once a place becomes available for the coming school year, the next child on the waiting list (see priority below) will be invited with his or her parents to attend an intake meeting with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • In the event of non-attendance or an indication that parents no longer wish to accept a place in St. Paul’s Special School, the application process is terminated and this will be communicated in writing.
  • At this meeting the team will assess whether the child meets the criteria for admission to St. Paul’s Special School and that the child and family would benefit from the services provided by St. Paul’s School and Services.
  • The team will convey its recommendations to the parents/guardians, the school principal and the Board of Management of St. Paul’s Special School.
  • Parents or guardians are invited to view St. Paul’s Special School
  • Parents or guardians are then required to confirm, in writing, their acceptance of a place in the school for their child within 2 weeks of the offer.
  • In the event that no written acceptance is received, within the 2 weeks, the application process will be brought to an end and this will be communicated to the parents/guardians in writing.
  • Successful applicants may be asked to attend at the school on a given date in order to identify, and plan for, the educational needs of the pupils.
  • In the event of a re-application the process will re-commence from the start.

Applicants shall be admitted to the School on a “first come, first served” basis (as per the date of receipt of application and/or referral) governed by the following constraints:

 

Priority will be given to:

  • Children being age appropriate for the Reception Class (4+ yrs.)
  • Children aged 4-6 years that have not reached their 7th birthday on

1stSeptember of the year of entry

  • Second/subsequent siblings of individuals already attending the school (with a diagnosis of DSM)
  • Applicants living in the school’s catchment area (i.e. Dublin North East

Region: LHO for North West Dublin

North Central Dublin and North Dublin

Decisions in relation to admissions are made by the Board of Management of the school on the recommendation of the Medical Director and in accordance with school admissions policy.

The Board will have regard for the relevant conditions prescribed by the DES concerning class size, staffing provisions, accommodation, physical space, health and welfare of children and eligibility for admission.

The Board reserves the right to refuse an application for admission, in exceptional circumstances, as stated in the Education Act of 1998, (Section 29).

Parents or guardians have the right to appeal a refusal by the Board to admit their child.

The Board’s decision will be given in writing and the reason for the refusal will be clearly stated.

The parents or guardians will be informed of their right to appeal the decision, and will be supplied with the Appeals Application Form. (Circular 22/02)

The appeal will be made to The General Secretary, Appeals Administration Unit, Department of Education and Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, on the relevant form.

The school must be informed in writing of the decision to appeal.

When applying for admission of their child to the school, parents or guardians are given access to the following documentation:

(1). The Enrolment/Admissions Policy Statement of the school

(2). A copy of the Code of Behaviour of the school

(3). The standard Application Form of the school

 

 

Parents and guardians should note that the school has adopted policy statements in other areas of interest and concern, towards the best running of the school and the maximum development of the pupils.

These policy statements can be accessed in the School Office on request.

They include:

(1) The Child Protection Policy

(2). The Health and Safety Statement

(3). The Anti-bullying Statement

(4) The Religious Education/ Pastoral Care Policy

This states the Admissions Policy of our school at the present time. It may, however, be subject to adjustments and changes in the future. Such changes and adjustments will be contained in an updated version of the school’s Admissions Policy.

Early Intervention Class Enrolment Admissions Policy

Children attending this class are aged between 3 and 6 years. Class size will not exceed six at any time. Children may remain in this class for a maximum of two years; the upper age limit being five years on enrolment.

 

Children who have reached their 6th birthday on the 1st of September of the year of enrolment will fall outside the inclusion age.

 

The composition of the class may be any combination of 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

Following the two years in the Special Early Intervention Class children will return to their own parish school or a school of the parents’ choice and by the parents’ arrangement.

 

There is no automatic transfer from the Early Intervention Class to St. Paul’s Special School. There is a separate enrolment policy in St. Paul’s which will be adhered to in all cases. If parents regard St. Paul’s as a suitable school for their child they should apply to the school as early as possible. A waiting list operates.

Applicants shall be admitted to the Special Early Intervention Class for Pupils with Autism having met the following criteria:

 

  • Children aged between 3 and 5 years
  • Diagnosis of autism (DSM V)
  • Children can remain in the Early Intervention Class for a maximum of two

years and a child must be in his/her primary placement in the year of

his/her 6th birthday.

  • Applications are accepted for children living in the school’s catchment area

(i.e. Dublin North East Region:

North West Dublin

North Central Dublin

North Dublin

  • Forward admission into St. Paul’s Special School cannot be presumed,

However, a referral may be made placing the child’s name on the waiting list at the same time as joining the waiting list for the Early Intervention Class. Because of the waiting list, this will still not guarantee a place in St. Paul’s.

  • On receipt of referrals from outside agencies the Principal of the school along with the Medical Director of St. Paul’s Services reviews each referral to ensure there is sufficient information to confirm the child’s diagnosis of autism (DSM IV). If this information is not available the referrer will be asked to provide additional information.
  • The child’s name is then placed on the waiting list.
  • Once a place becomes available the next child of suitable age, which could be a 3, 4 or 5 year old, as determined by the Principal, will be invited with his or her parents to attend an intake meeting with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • In the event of non-attendance or an indication that parents no longer wish to accept a place in the Special Early Intervention Class, the application process is terminated and this will be communicated in writing.
  • At the interview meeting with child and parents, the team will confirm whether in its opinion the child meets the criteria for admission to St. Paul’s Special School’s ‘Special Early Intervention Class’ and that the child and family would benefit from the services provided in the class.
  • The team will convey its recommendations to the school principal and the Board of Management of St. Paul’s Special School.
  • Parents will then be notified of the Board’s decision.
  • Parents or Guardians are then required to confirm, in writing, their acceptance of a place in the school for their child within two weeks of the offer.
  • In the event that no written acceptance is received, within the two weeks, the application process will be brought to an end and this will be communicated to the parents/guardians in writing.
  • Successful applicants may be asked to attend at the school on a given date in order to identify, and plan for, the educational needs of the pupils.
  • In the event of a re-application the process will re-commence from the start.

Decisions in relation to admissions are made by the Board of Management of St. Paul’s School on the recommendation of the Principal and the Medical Director and in accordance with school admissions policy.

 

The Board will have regard for the relevant conditions prescribed by the DES concerning class size, staffing provisions, accommodation, physical space, health and welfare of children and eligibility for admission.

 

The Board reserves the right to refuse an application for admission, in exceptional circumstances, as stated in the Education Act of 1998, (Section 29).

Parents or guardians have the right to appeal a refusal by the Board to admit their child.

 

The Board’s decision will be given in writing and the reason for the refusal will be clearly stated.

 

The parents or guardians will be informed of their right to appeal the decision, and will be supplied with the Appeals Application Form. (Circular 22/02)

 

The appeal will be made to The General Secretary, Appeals Administration Unit, Department of Education and Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, on the relevant form.

 

The school must be informed in writing of the decision to appeal.

When applying for admission of their child to the school, parents or guardians are given access to the following documentation:

(1). The Enrolment Policy of the Special Early Intervention Class

(2). The standard Application Form of the school

 

Parents and guardians should note that the school has adopted policy statements in other areas of interest and concern, towards the best running of the school and the maximum development of the pupils.

These policy statements can be accessed in the School Office on request.

They include:

(1) The Child Protection Policy

(2). The Health and Safety Statement

(3). The Anti-bullying Statement

(4) The Religious Education and Pastoral Care Policy

This states the Admissions Policy of our school at the present time. It may, however, be subject to adjustments and changes in the future. Such changes and adjustments will be contained in an updated version of the school’s Admissions Policy.