5. Admission of Students
This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –
a. the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)
b. a parent/guardian of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student.
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh provides education exclusively for boys and may refuse to admit as a student a person who is not of the gender provided for by this school.
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student a person where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.
The ASD special class attached to Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh will provide an education exclusively for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (DSM-V/ICD 11) and the school may refuse admission to this class, where the student concerned does not have the specified category of special educational needs provided for in this class.
Priority will be given to students currently enrolled in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder DSM-V/ICD 11 and who have a recommendation for a place in an ASD special class in a mainstream setting.
- Under Department of Education and Skills and National Council for Special Education (NCSE) guidelines the maximum number of students enrolled in the Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh ASD Special Class is six students.
2. Applicants who wish to apply for a place in the ASD special class must indicate this on the application form and must furnish the school with all the relevant documentation by the closing date specified on the application form.
3. Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh requires that all applications for a place in the ASD special class are accompanied by documentary evidence that proves conclusively that the applicant has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (DSM-V/ICD 11) and supporting original documentation in order to be considered for enrolment in the Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh ASD Special Class. Parents/guardians of applicant students need to provide Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh with a comprehensive, written, original diagnostic history. Psychological reports / Occupational Therapy reports / Speech and Language Therapy reports, or any other reports, which refer to the original diagnosis, will not be accepted in lieu of the original written diagnosis.
4. Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh must be provided with a School Transition Report completed by a Specialist/multidisciplinary team of specialists in the field of educational psychology/clinical psychology/child psychiatry/paediatrics in conjunction with primary school staff and parents/guardians. If none of these is available to complete the School Transition Report, then it should be completed by the most appropriate member of staff at the student’s primary school by 31st May 2024.
5. The most recent psychological/cognitive/multi-disciplinary etc. assessment, or recent Statement of Need from a qualified professional (each must be dated within two years before the date of application) should recommend that a student needs a placement in an ASD Special Class in a mainstream post-primary setting.
6. Where a School Transition Report (completed by psychologist) or most recent psychological report or equivalent does not contain the educational placement recommendation of a psychologist, applications should have a “Statement of Need” containing an educational placement recommendation from the relevant HSE service.
7. In the year prior to potential entry into the Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh ASD Special Class, staff will contact the parents/guardians of the applicant student and may subsequently contact the applicant’s school to arrange a school visit. Parents/guardians will be made fully aware of the date, time, and nature of this visit.
8. Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh requires that the parents/guardians of the applicant student, if requested, agree to facilitate a AEN qualified member of the ASD Special Class team in conducting as many observations as appropriate of the pupil in his current educational placement.
9. Parents/Guardians must make available to Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh ASD Special Class staff copies of the applicant students’ work, their most recent IEP and any other relevant information, if requested.
10. Parents/guardians of applicant students will be informed of the decision relating to their own child’s enrolment in accordance with the admissions notice for the year concerned.
11. Parents/guardians of students offered a place in the Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh ASD Special Class must inform Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh of their decision to accept or decline a place in the Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh ASD Special class in accordance with the admissions notice for the year concerned
12. Once a student has been offered a place in the Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh ASD Special Class, they will be invited to participate in a transition programme the following May in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh. The pupils’ participation in the transition programme is considered essential in ensuring their smooth transition to their new environment, as well as in facilitating ASD Special Class staff in making any necessary academic/other reasonable accommodations for the pupil in a pre-emptive and responsible manner.
13. The special class for Autism will cater for boys with no general learning difficulties and for boys with mild general learning difficulties. It will not cater for boys with moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties.