enrolment policy


St Aidan’s SNS, Brookfield is a Roman Catholic School under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin.As a Roman Catholic School, the school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual. This Catholic school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith.


This policy, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998) and the Education Welfare Act (2000), details the procedures for enrolment of students to St. Aidan’s S.N.S. We trust that by detailing these procedures, it will assist all parties in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson / Principal will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy, should it be required.


Name of School:           St. Aidan’s S.N.S.

Address:                          Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Telephone No:               (01) 4596016 , (01) 4511055

Fax No:                             (01) 4511055

Principal:                          Tomás Hayes

Deputy Principal:           John Rennick

Chairperson:                   Mr. Iggy Keane


No. of Teachers:             25

Inclusive of: 


Mainstream Teachers

Special Class Teachers

Special Education Teachers (CA)

Special Education Teacher (LI)

Home / School / Community Liaison Teacher

Support Teacher

Language Support Teacher

Range of Classes:                 

St. Aidan’s S.N.S. is a mixed Senior School with sixteen classes from 3rd to 6th. All students with special needs are integrated into mainstream classes, as well as receiving specific supports from specialist teachers if deemed necessary as a result of assessment or by direct order of Department of Education and Skills / Board of Management.The DOES sets the maximum number of students for mainstream classes as twenty four.

St. Aidan’s School is grant aided by the Department of Education and Science, therefore the provision of services and allocation of resources depends on the level of grant aid received from this Department. Service provision is;

(i)         is operated within regulations laid down by D.E.S. and

(ii)        subject to an annual review.

School policy must have regard to the resources and funding available, the types of programmes and services provided may be amended from time to time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).Within the context of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act (1998), and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of:

(1) Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need.


(2) Equality


(3) Parental choice


(4) Respect

St. Aidan’s opens at 08:50 for assembly in the Junior Yard / School Hall.In the interest of Health and Safety, students are not permitted on the school premises before 8:45 am or after 2:30 pm unless they have permission from the school or are partaking in a school activity.

Classes commence at 08:50 and finish at 14:30 with breaks from 11:00 – 11:15 and 12:50 – 13:15.


Every effort will be made to accommodate all applicants. In the event of the number of children exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year due to the Board of Management;

                (1) being unable to provide suitable accommodation or

                (2) unable to recruit the required teaching staff

                (3) Department of Educational Science guidelines in Pupil / Teacher Ratio

                 (4) Relevant Health and Safety guidelines.

The following criteria will be used to prioritize  children for enrolment:

                 (1) Catholic children of the Parish and Brothers and sisters of children in the school.

                (2) Catholic children who live outside the parish and do not have a Catholic school in their parish.

                (3) All children who live within the parish boundaries but are not Catholic applying for a  placement are entitled to a place if there are vacancies after the groups from (1) to (2) have been allocated places.

               (4) All children who apply to the school and are not Catholics and not residents within the parish boundaries are entitled to a place in the school if there are vacancies in the school after the groups from (1) to (3) have been allocates places.

Taking into account the above criteria and where the number of applications for enrolment still exceeds the number of available places in St Aidan’s, a Waiting List will be formed.  The waiting list will ordered according to the date the application form is received at the school office and should places become available they will be prioritised under the above criteria.  The waiting list will be stored at the office and it will be clearly dated.

The catchment area for enrolment purposes is:

Glenshane, Rossfield, Brookview, Swiftbrook, Fortunestown and Ard Mor.

Equality of access is the key value that determines the enrolment of children to our school. No child is refused admission for reasons of;

            (i)     Ethnicity

            (ii)    Special Educational Needs

            (iii)   Disability

            (iv)   Language/accent

            (v)    Gender

            (vi)   Traveller status

            (vii)  Asylum-seeker/refugee status

            (viii) Religious/ political beliefs & value

             (ix)   Family or social circumstances.

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs, it is open to the Board of Management to request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological report or where such a report is not available, to request that the child be assessed immediately. 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 profile the support services required.

 Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will request that the Department of Education and Science provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report. These resources may include for example, access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following;

         (i) Visiting teacher service

        (ii) Resource teacher for special needs

        (iii) Special needs assistant

        (iv) Specialised equipment or furniture

        (v) Transport services

Where necessary the school will meet parents of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the schools suitability or capability in meeting those needs. If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held. This will include parents, Principal, class teacher, remedial teacher, special needs teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist as appropriate.


Applications must be made on standard applications form available from the school. Parents / Guardians are asked to return the completed form with one passport size photograph of their child. Decision in relation to applicants for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy. The Board of Management will respond within 21 days of receipt of applications, indicating their decision.

Pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy, available space and in some cases the approval of the Department of Education and Science.

Child Protection Guidelines

The Board of Management of St. Aidan’s S.N.S. formally adopted these Guidelines at their  meeting dated below. Procedures are now in place, whereby the school is obliged by law to report any cases or suspicions of neglect, sexual, emotional or physical abuse.

School Visits

Parents / Guardian are reminded that all visits to the school to meet with the Principal / teachers is by appointment only. This is to avoid unnecessary disruption to your child’s class and learning.

This policy is subject to annual review by the Board of Management. Specific details regarding numbers etc will be updated each year.

Ratified at BOM meeting on  8.3.17

Signed on behalf of the Board of Management:


Iggy Keane



Tomás Hayes


Date: _______________


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