Gilson NS operates under the Rules for National Schools and is funded by
grants and teachers resourced by the Department of Education & Science.
The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with
Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation.
Gilson NS follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of
Education and Science
The Board of Management will communicate generally to the school community through
appropriate channels i.e. school newsletter and parish bulletin.
Parents seeking to enrol their child/children in
Gilson NS should return a completed enrolment application form (available in
the office) with an original birth/ adoption certificate to the school by
30th April each year.
No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs,
disability, language/accent, gender, traveller status, asylum-seeker/refugee
status, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social
The completion of an application form or the placement of your child’s name on a list, however
early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the
Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management. Parents will be notified of acceptance of their children and as a general principle, children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available and that they have reached his/her birthday, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the child is six years of age.
To assist the school in such circumstances of over crowding, the Board of Management reserves
the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate
classroom, bearing in mind the Dept of Education and Science guidelines in
relation to class size and staffing provisions.
Other factors considered are:
Size of and available space in
Educational needs of children of a
particular age and resources available
Multi – grade
Presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class exceeding the number
of places available, the following criteria will be used to prioritise children
Brothers and sisters (including stepsiblings, resident at the same
address) of children already enrolled with priority going to the oldest.
Children living within the parish – priority oldest.
Children of current school staff – priority oldest.
Children whose home address is closest to the school if the child
is normally resident outside of the parish catchment
In the event of being unable to enrol a child (ren) from categories
A, B, C, in a given class at the beginning of a year, or mid-year, such children
will receive priority (in order A, B, C,) for the subsequent school year over
other children on the class waiting list.
Other pupils may
be enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area.
Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the
Rules for National Schools, Education Welfare Act and schools enrolment policy.
Children with Special Needs
Children with Special Needs enrolling in Gilson NS will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources
provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management.
The Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and /or psychological
report, or request that the child be assessed immediately in order to assist the
school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to profile the
support services required. The Board of Management will endeavour to have all resources and support in place
before the child is admitted to the school. This may include a resource teacher,
special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture.
It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a child pending
assessment report and/or provision of resources by the Dept of Education and
Science to meet the needs specified in the psychological and medical
Notwithstanding the availability of such resources, parents of children who are unsatisfied with
the level of educational provision in our school are advised to consider a
special school, which is designed and resourced to specifically cater for the
needs of children with special educational
Parents, who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision, may appeal to the Board of
Management. It must be addressed,
in writing, to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal,
and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal. Parents if unhappy with the
result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science
under Section 29 of the Education Act.
Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the
School/Board of Management’s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on
curriculum, organisation and management.
The Board of Management places parents/guardians responsible for ensuring
that their child/children co-operate with said policies in an age-appropriate
way. These policies may be added to
and revised from time-to-time.
This policy was ratified by
the BOM in May 2007.