Hedgestown National School


Enrolment Policy

The Enrolment Policy follows the key provisions from the Education Act ’98 Sec. 15.2, the Enrolment/Admissions Policy Guidelines agreed between the CPSMA, Church of Ireland Board of Education and INTO and CPSMA Admisssion Policy outlined in the Schools Management Association Handbook.

Hedgestown N.S. adopts the key principles of Incusiveness, Equality, Parental Choice and Respect; within the context and parameters of Department regulations and parameters, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act and the funding and resources available.

General Information:

Hedgestown N.S. admissions policy allows for specific circumstances, which may be applicable in the school. The admission policy also upholds the characteristic spirit of the school to include the traditions, values, morals and cultural characteristics, in accordance with Section 15 of the Education Act, ’98.

Hedgestown N.S., Lusk, Co. Dublin, is a Roman Catholic Primary School under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin.

The school has a history dating back to 1859 and continues to operate in the small rural style school tradition. There are six permanent teachers including the principal, a resource Teacher and a shared Learning Support teacher who is based in our school. We also have a two Special Needs Assistants. We are a co-educational school.

Current Staff

Laoighise Kelly – Principal

Áine Doyle – Deputy Principal

Marie Geraghty – Special Duties Assistant

Colm Lalor - Teacher/Acting Principal 2016/2017

Annemarie Sharkey - Teacher

Aisling Duffy – Teacher

Sarah Feehan - Teacher

Michelle Scully – Special Needs Assistant

Dolores Russell –  Special Needs Assistant

Caroline O Loughlin –  Special Needs Assistant

The school opening times 9.20am to 3.00pm excluding half days, holidays and weekends. Infants go home at 2.00pm daily.

Hedgestown N.S. depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Skills and operated within its regulations.

Hedgestown N.S. adheres to the circular programs prescribed by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Section 9 and 30 of the Education Act ’98.

Application Procedure

Parents/Guardians who wish to enrol pupils are required to present to the principal at the school or to submit a written application to the school within the school term and opening hours. Applications should be made at least six months prior to the pupil’s commencement year.

Parents must fill in the enrolment form completely and truthfully. Any misinformation supplied will negate the application and could affect the enrolment of the child. Decisions in relation to the application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy.

Hedgestown N.S. upholds the principle that children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available.

(Definition of Space: The number of places available in the school is decided on the space available in each room. The Board of Management will decide when a room is full.)

The Health and Safety of pupils is given priority when a decision on availability of space is being taken. If it is deemed that space is available then the criteria as laid out below is applied.

The Board must have regard for any relevant DES guidelines in relation to class size, staffing provisions and or physical space or health and welfare of children.

In accordance with our Ethos, the school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil, intellectual physical, cultural moral, spiritual including a living relationship with God and other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic School provides religious education fro the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practises and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith.

Decision Making Procedures

Parents will be notified by letter whether their child has been accepted to our school no later than twenty one days after the closing date for receipt of applications. This date will be decided on a yearly basis. Late applications may be acceptable depending on the availability of space.

Enrolment Criteria

  1. Brothers and sisters of children in the school.
  2. Catholic children of the parish.
  3. All other children who live within the parish boundaries.
  4. Catholic children who live outside the parish and do not have a catholic school in the parish.
  5. All children who live outside the parish boundaries.
  6. Children of current staff and ancillary staff.

All children must be at least four years of age or older on the first day they attend junior infants.

A copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour will be given to parents on the enrolment of their child.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

The Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report. Where such a report is not available the Board may request that the applicant be assessed and the report made available to the Board.

The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to assess the schools ability to provide/meet the support services and resources required.

These resources may include visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, SNA, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.

The Principal teacher will be happy to meet with the parents of the child to discuss the schools suitability or capability in meeting those needs.

In the opinion of the Board of Management the Board may decide not to enrol a pupil if they feel the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff and/or school property.

Right of Appeal

Schools should be aware of the right of a parent/guardian to appeal the decision of the Board. Section 29 of Education Act ’98 provides for a right of appeal against a decision to refuse enrolment.

Refusals to Enrol

A Board can only refuse to enrol in compliance with its agreed policy.

Pupils Transferring

Pupils may transfer to the school at any time subject to the school’s policy, available space and in some cases the approval of the Department and Skills. In accordance with the Educational Welfare Act information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress should be communicated between the relevant schools after the child has been put on the register and not before.


This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 8/3/2017

The policy will be reviewed in 2018/2019 school year.