Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy    St. Luke’s School, Douglas                   

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Telephone: 021 4361388             

The Board of Management of St. Luke’s School sets out its policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998 and Equal Status Act 2000

St. Luke’s School is a co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.  The school has a staff of eight class teachers, learning support staff, principal, special needs assistants, secretary and ancillary staff.

It operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department of Education and Science; it follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the DES, which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Section 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998) and Equal Status Act 2000

  1. Those intending to apply for admission to St. Luke’s School, Douglas, Cork, should contact the school and notify the school on a Notification of Intention to Apply Form (Form 1) as soon as possible
  2. Those who have returned a Notification of Intention to Apply form will be sent an Application Form together with an Ethos Statement, Admissions Policy and Code of Behaviour in the September prior to enrolment in the school.
  3. All applications for places in the school shall be submitted on the approved Application Form (Form 2) to the school Principal. 
  4. The closing date for return of such completed applications is November 1st of the year prior to enrolment.
  5. Only such forms that have been completed in full will be considered by the Board of Management.
  6. Completion of such a form does not guarantee a place at the school
  7. Early completion of the form is not a factor in the allocation of places at the school.
  8. All applicants for Junior Infants must have attained their 4th birthday by 1st September in the year of admission.
  9. Junior infants beginning school or the first time will be admitted on September 1st or as by the agreed standardised school year.
  10. The Board of Management will consider all applications and issue decisions within 21 days of the closing date for return of completed application forms.
  11. The Board of Management will, in the light of sections 6(e), 9(m) and 15(2) (d) of the Education Act 1998, give consideration to the following factors:
  • The number of available spaces in the school, which in turn involves:
  • The number of pupils expected to leave the school
  • The effect of the intake on the division/pairing of classes
  • The deployment of teachers
  • The religious denomination of the applicant’s child
  • The place of residence of the applicant
  • The DES maximum class average directive.

12. Siblings of pupils already at the school are not automatically entitled to a place.

13. Applications, except in a case of change of residence, are not generally entertained in the course of the school year.

14. Students, who wish to transfer from another school in the locality, are not normally allocated places at the school unless there are special circumstances.

15. In relation to residence the catchment area is defined by:

  • The Church of Ireland parish boundary
  • Where boundaries are unclear a child’s access to the school transport scheme may act as a guide to the catchment area served by the school

16. A waiting list may be drawn up if the Board of Management wishes. Such a waiting list does not carry forward to subsequent years in the case of a child who is not allocated a place.

17. The principal and chairperson of the Board of Management, on the advice of the Board, may decide to interview those on a waiting list in order to determine the priority of the applications on that list.

18. All applicants shall be informed, in writing, of the Board’s decision.

19. Places offered must be accepted in writing within ten working days of the written offer by the Board of Management

20. A subsequent review of a decision by the Board may be requested, generally on grounds only of additional information not previously submitted at the time of application.

21. Section 29 (1) (C)of the Education Act 1998 provides for procedures under which in some circumstances appeal may be made to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science.

22. St. Luke’s School, Douglas, Cork is a Church of Ireland School.  In relation to religious denomination, therefore, the following are given priority in the following sequence:

 a)      Church of Ireland parishioners, Douglas Union with Frankfield

b)      Church of Ireland parishioners of Douglas, Frankfield and Marmullane, Monkstown, Glenbrook.

c)      Children who are members of churches which are full ecumenical partners of the Church of Ireland.(members churches of the Irish Council of Churches, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or Conference of European Churches i.e. Belgian/French/Dutch Reformed Church, congregational Federation, Lutheran Church, Methodist Church, Moravian Church, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, Old Catholic Church, Orthodox Churches, Presbyterian church, Religious Society of Friends, the Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church)

d)      Children of interchurch marriages of the Church of Ireland Parishes listed at (a) and (b) above.

e)      Children who are members of churches which are involved in the Irish Inter-Church Meeting i.e. Roman Catholic Church and children of other Christian denominations (Within this grouping, priority is given to siblings of pupils in the school on date of entry. Following this, places are allocated by lot ie names pulled from a hat)

 (Revised February 2012)

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