ST. LUKE’S NATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOOL ADMISSIONS & PARTICIPATION POLICY St. Luke’s National School is a Mainstream Catholic School. It is under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. The Board of Management of the school has a policy of Admissions and Participation based on the following prioritised (1 – 5) criteria: 1. Admission of all catholic children who have reached the age of four on or before June 30th 2018 of entry year and who live in Mulhuddart/Tyrrelstown parish. In the event that the number of applicants seeking enrolment exceeds the number of places available, the following decision making process will apply: places will be allocated in sequential order according to numbers 2 to 5 below; if the number of applicants within any group exceeds the number of places available, places will be allocated according to chronological age, i.e. older children in each group will have precedence over younger children. 2. Siblings – whose brothers or sisters are already in the school and who fulfil age requirement. 3. Children of a Christian faith who live in the parish and fulfil age requirement – where places are available. 4. All children of other faiths or of none who apply and who live in the parish and fulfil age requirement, provided that 1, 2, and 3 have been accommodated. 5. Category 4 have a right to have their children excluded from specific Catholic Instruction if they so wish. However, they must accept the general characteristic spirit of the school. All children are welcomed and educated according to the requirement of our curriculum for Primary Schools. Our Code of Behaviour dictates that each pupil observes the Rules of the school. The Principal has authority to ensure that good behaviour and discipline is maintained. He/she is also delegated to sanction children who consistently infringe the Behaviour Code of the school. This latter infringement may mean suspension of a child from class for one to three days. Serious infringements or grave misdemeanours by any child must be referred to the Board of Management. If a decision of expulsion is made by the Board of Management notification of such must be sent to the Education Welfare Officer and parents must be informed and likewise they must be informed of their right to appeal (Section 29 Education Act 1998) SPECIAL NEEDS: If parents/guardians make an application for a child with Special Needs they must provide a medical and/or psychological report. A conference of parent/s, class teacher, Principal and Resource Teacher would be recommended so that, for example, appropriate resource hours or Special Needs Assistant hours would be provided by the Department of Education and Science. The Board of Management of St. Luke’s N.S. may feel it is necessary to defer enrolment until such time as resources are in place or parents may be advised to consider sending the child to a school which specifically caters for children with Special Education Needs. SIGNED: Ms. Vivienne Bourke (Principal) Date: 10th October 2017