Enrolment Policy

Garrydoolis N.S. is a co-educational primary school, under the patronage of Dr. Dermot Clifford, the Catholic Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. The chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr. Patrick Burns, and the Principal, Ms. Heidi Jordan, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

The school aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all pupils: cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people and promotes a Christian philosophy of life.

The school is known as: Garrydoolis N.S.

The school address is: Garrydoolis, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.

School telephone number: (062) 57343

Email: garrydoolisns@gmail.com

Website: www.garrydoolisns.com

There are two full time teachers, including the principal and three shared resource/ learning support teachers in the school. The school caters for the full range of classes from junior infants to sixth class.

Children enrolled in Garrydoolis N.S. are required to co-operate with and support the school’s code of behaviour as well as all other policies. Parents/ guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operate with these policies in an age-appropriate way. A copy of the Code of Behaviour will be issued to all parents and is available on the school website: www.garrydoolisns.com

Garrydoolis N.S. operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants and teachers resourced by the Department of Education and Science. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. Garrydoolis N.S. follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science.

Within the context and parameters 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:

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need
  • Equality of access and participation in the school
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment
  • Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society

The school opens to receive children at 09:10 each morning and classes start at 9:20 am

  • Morning break is from 11:00 am to 11:10 am.
  • Lunch break is from 12:30 pm to 1.00 pm.
  • Junior Infants finish at 2.00 pm and the reminder of the classes are dismissed at 3.00 pm.

A school calendar is issued to parents each year and will be available on the website.

Application Procedure

The Board of Management will communicate generally to the school community through appropriate channels e.g. children in school, their parents, school newsletter, school website, text-a-parent, parish bulletin, letter to parents to invite them to bring their children on a specified induction day (“Stepping In”).

Parents/ guardians are welcome to meet the Principal informally and if they wish to enrol their child(ren) in Garrydoolis N.S. Parents of incoming junior infants are invited to attend the school with their child on a specified afternoon in late May (“Stepping In”) when the child will be offered the opportunity to meet the new teacher, visit the classroom and playing area. On this occasion, the class teacher and principal will also speak to parents about school routines and offer advice on how best to help their children as they begin formal schooling. Parents are asked to return a completed pre-enrolment form (available in the school/ on the website) by the end of May preceding enrolment into Junior Infants or on this day when visiting the school.

The key information sought on the pre-enrolment form includes:

  • Pupil’s name, age and address, PPS number
  • Names and addresses of pupil’s parents/guardians
  • Contact telephone numbers
  • Details of any medical conditions which the school should be aware of
  • Religion
  • Any other relevant information (Including any such further information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act (2000) of Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (2004)  eg, speech and language assessments, psychological assessments etc.

No child is refused admission for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, language/accent, gender, traveller status, asylum-seeker/ refugee status, religious/ political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.

While recognising the rights of the parents/ guardians to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Garrydoolis N.S. is also responsible for respecting the rights of the existing school community and in particular, the children already enrolled. This requires balanced judgements, which are guided by the principles of natural justice and act in the best interest of the children.

The completion of a pre-enrolment form or the placement of your child’s name on a list, however early, does not confer an automatic right to a place in the school.


Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management. Parents will be notified of acceptance of their children and as a general principle, having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application provided that there is space available and the child has reached his/ her 4th birthday, although compulsory attendance does not apply until the child is six years of age. (See note on Education for Person’s with Special Educational Needs Act 2004). If the Board has concerns around an application, the parents will be informed and the Board will notify parents of a refusal to enrol within 21 days of receipt of completed pre-enrolment form.

To assist the school in such circumstances as over-crowding, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine the maximum number of children in each separate classroom bearing in mind Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions. Other factors that may be considered are:

  • Size of and available space in classrooms
  • Educational needs of children of a particular age
  • Multi-grade classes
  • Presence of children with special educational/ behavioural needs

In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class/ standard exceeding the number of places available, the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:

  1. Brothers and sisters (including step-siblings/ resident at same address) of children already in the school
  2. Children of school staff
  3. Children of past pupils of the school
  4. Children whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on  an O.S. map)
  5. Lottery

 Pupils Transferring

Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area.

Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools can do so at any time and are enrolled subject to the Rules for National Schools, Education Welfare Act and school’s enrolment policy. They are requested to fill out a pre-enrolment form and it is requirement of the Board of Management that information concerning the child’s attendance and educational progress be communicated between schools. (Section 28, Education Welfare Act 2000).

Admission Day

The Board of Management may specify that Junior Infants may only be admitted to the school on the 1st of September (or on the First day of the new school year.) or the Board may indicate that its policy is more flexible, and that, for example, pupils may be enrolled at any time.

Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs enrolling in Garrydoolis N.S. will be resourced in accordance with the level of resources provided by the Department of Education and Science to the Board of Management

The Board of Management may request a copy of the child’s medical and/or psychological reports or request that the child be assessed immediately in order to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the child and to profile the support services required. The Board of Management will endeavour to have all resources and supports in place before the child is admitted to the school. This may include visiting teacher service, resource teacher, special needs assistants, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services, etc.

The school will meet with the parents/ guardians of the child who has special needs to discuss the school’s suitability for the child. If necessary a full case conference may be called including parents, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher and psychologist or social workers as appropriate.

Exceptional Circumstances

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to a pupil in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could arise, for example, if:

  • The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills, the school cannot meet such needs and/ or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.
  • In the opinion of the Board of Management, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, to school staff, or to school property.

Appeals Procedure

Parents/ guardians who are dissatisfied with an enrolment decision may appeal to the Board of Management. It must be addressed in writing to the Chairperson of the Board, stating the grounds for the appeal, and lodged within ten days of receiving the refusal.  Parents, if unhappy with the result of this appeal, may appeal to the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 of the Education Act on the official form provided by the Department.  This appeal must be lodged within 42 days of receipt of the refusal from the school to enroll.

This Policy was amended and ratified by Board of Management on:                                                                

Signed: Chairperson of Board of Management

Our Motto: Working Together / Ag obair le chéile