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Draft Admissions Policy – consultation document

Parents/Guardians of current students are invited to consider this Draft Admissions Policy for Mohill Community College, and are invited to submit observations to mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie.  I would appreciate comments and observations before Thursday 30th, 10 a.m.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Ms. Una Duffy

 

 

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POLICY FOR ADMISSION TO SCHOOL YEAR 2021/2022

 

 

Mohill Community College Post-Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A decision on an application for admission will be based on the implementation of this Policy, the information set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school and the information provided by the Applicant in the application for admission, once received before the closing date set out in the annual Admission Notice. The Principal of Mohill Community College is responsible for the implementation of this Admission Policy.

 

Introduction to Mohill Community College

Mohill Community College is a co – educational school founded in 2008 as a result of the amalgamation of Marian College (1949-2008) and Mohill Vocational School (1932-2008).  The College pledges itself to continue the caring philosophy of its shared history, valuing each student as an individual.  Mohill Community College commits itself to the establishment and fostering of attitudes, values and behaviour consistent with its Christian ethos.  The College further commits itself to partnership and collaboration with parents and with the local community.   Serving a wide catchment area, the College numbers nine Primary Schools who, for the purpose of school transport, are considered to be in that catchment area.  These are St. Manchan’s Primary School, the Hunt Primary School (both Mohill town) together with Annaduff, Aughavas, Bornacoola, Cloone, Fenagh, Gortlettragh, and Drumlish, Co. Longford.

Built for 525 students, the College enjoys the space afforded by operating below that capacity.  Current enrolment stands at 383 students (2019/2020), and fluctuations upwards or downwards are determined by numbers in the catchment area.  Average Year Group size is 77 students.

MISSION STATEMENT

Mohill Community College commits itself to creating an inclusive, caring and disciplined environment, promoting a respect for diversity of culture and fostering a spirit of mutual respect among students and staff.  The College, in partnership with Parents/Guardians and the wider community, will challenge its students to pursue excellence, enjoy learning and to achieve their full potential as individuals and citizens.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Within the guidelines, regulations and programmes of the Department of Education and Skills as set out in The Education Act, 1998, the regulations of Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board, the rights of the Trustees/Board of Management and the funding resources available, the College dedicates itself to the following objectives:

  1. To provide a broad diverse curriculum relevant to the needs of its students of all abilities and facilitate the needs of lifelong learning in an inclusive environment, upholding equality with respect to access to and participation in College life.
  2. To respect and foster all aspects of the developing person: intellectual, physical, spiritual, moral, emotional and cultural.
  3. To help form confident, balanced, enterprising and self-reliant people capable of contributing positively to society.
  4. To maintain a spirit of co-operation with and service to the wider community.
  5. To enhance the professional development of all its staff, and staff welfare.
  6. To foster an awareness of and tolerance for diversity of traditions, values, beliefs and ways of life.

SCHOOL PATRONS

The College operates under the joint trusteeship of CEIST (Catholic Education an Irish Schools’ Trust) and Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB).

CEIST is the Trustee body for over 100 Voluntary Secondary Schools in Ireland and acts as Co-Trustee in a number of designated Community Colleges such as Mohill Community College.

A ‘Designated Community College’ is a State multi-Denominational school that operates with a specific religious ethos which is referred to as multi-Denominational.

PROGRAMMES

  • Junior Certificate
  • Transition Year
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Leaving Cert Vocational Programme (LCVP)
  • Dedicated Autism Class

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Football / Basketball / Athletics
  • Public Speaking and Quiz Competitions
  • Young Scientists’ Exhibition and Gaisce President’s Award
  • Green Schools Projects
  • IMTA, PRISM and TEAM Mathematics Competitions
  • Mission and Social Awareness including fundraising for Charities
  • Enterprise Projects supported by Local Enterprise Office Leitrim
  • A range of activities associated with Transition Year Programme

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART A – General Information for All Applicants

  1. Glossary of terms
  2. Admission Statement
  3. Legal Framework
  4. General Admission Provisions

PART B – Information for Specific Categories of Applicants

  1. Application to the First-Year Group
  2. Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year
  3. Application to Autism Class

PART A

General Information for All Applicants

  1. Glossary of terms
  2. Admission Statement
  3. Legal Framework
  4. General Admission Provisions (for all Applicants)

1                        Glossary of Terms

Applicant’ means the parent / guardian of a Student, or, in the case of a Student who has reached the age of 18 years, the Student, who has made an application for admission to Mohill Community College.

Student’ means the person in respect of whom the application is being made. All uses of the word throughout this Policy therefore imply ‘prospective’ as part of the interpretation. That is, the use of the word ‘Student’ does not mean that the application for him/her has been accepted such that s/he is regarded as a Student of Mohill Community College by virtue of application alone.

Gender’, in line with the definition of “the gender ground” in the Equal Status Act 2000, is such that “one is male and the other is female”.  This does not prejudice any Student who is Intersex or identifies as Androgynous/Androgyne, Bigender, Demigender, Gender Fluid, Genderqueer, Multigender, Neutrois, Non-binary, Transgender, Transsexual or otherwise.

Catchment Area’ refers to the designated residential area for application to all classes other than the Special Class in Mohill Community College in respect of the person on whose behalf the application is being made. The catchment area for Mohill Community College is defined as: the area to which Bus Éireann provides school transport for mainstream students.

Catchment Area for the Special Class(es)’ refers to the designated residential area for application to the Special Class(es) within Mohill Community College in respect of the person on whose behalf the application is being made. The catchment area for the Special Class(es) within Mohill Community College is defined as: the area to which Bus Éireann provides school transport for mainstream students.

Parent’ has the same meaning as in the Education Act 1998 and includes a foster parent and a guardian appointed under the Guardianship of Children Acts, 1964 to 1997.

‘Sibling’ For the purpose of the selection criterion relating to the student having a sibling currently enrolled in the school, ‘Sibling’ refers to full siblings, half-siblings, foster-siblings, step-siblings and students who reside in the same household. 

[Note: the wider definition of sibling in the second of the two paragraphs immediately above is for the purpose of facilitating families who are required to do more than one drop-off and/or collection to/from the school.]

Special Class’ means a class that has, with the approval of the Minister of Education and Skills, been established by a school to provide an education exclusively for Students with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister of Education and Skills. Mohill Community College has a Special Class, established to cater for special educational needs of Students with Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

First-Year’ means the intake group of Students for the most junior class or year in a school.

 

2                      Admission Statement

Note:

An statement outlining the characteristic spirit of ETB schools will be issued by your patron ETB in the coming months to insert here (without the text box). The statement issued will be deemed to have been approved by your patron ETB and so will not require the policy to be returned to the patron for approval.

This characteristic spirit statement will issue by mid-May in time for the Admission Policy to be ratified by the Board of Management. By then, the final consultations in the Core Values Review process will have concluded.

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Accordingly, Mohill Community College shall not discriminate in its admission of a Student based on the following grounds:

 

  • Gender of the Student or Applicant. However, where a school admits students of one gender only, it is not discriminatory to refuse to admit Students not of that gender;

 

  • Civil status of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Family status of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Sexual orientation of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Religion of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Disability of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Race of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • The Student’s or Applicant’s membership of the Traveller community;

 

  • Special educational needs of the Student or Applicant. However, where the school provides education exclusively for a category or categories of special educational need(s) in a Special Class, it is not discriminatory to refuse to admit to that class a Student who does not have the specified special educational need(s).

Mohill Community College shall not charge fees or payments or seek contributions as a condition of admission or continued enrolment of a Student.

 

 

3                      Legal Framework

Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB was established under the Education and Training Board Act 2013 which sets out the functions of all ETBs, including to establish and maintain recognised schools, centres for education and education and training facilities in each ETB’s functional area.

The board of management of Mohill Community College is a committee established under section 44 of the Education and Training Board Act 2013 and also constitutes a board of management within the meaning of the Education Act 1998.

The Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 place a duty on all recognised schools to prepare and publish an Admission Policy.

The Education Act, 1998 provides for an appeal process in the event of a refusal to enrol. The appeal process is set out in section 5.3 in respect of applications made to the First-Year Group and in section 6.3 in respect of applications made to all years other than the First-Year Group.

Section 62(7)(n) of the Education Act 1998 requires each school to set out in its Admission Policy the arrangements it has in place where a parent, or student over 18 years of age, requests that the student opt-out of religious instruction.

Note: Your patron ETB will issue a general statement to  be inserted here (without text box) that will outline the sector’s position on religious instruction. It may look something like: “Where ETB schools do not provide religious instruction within the school day, the need to make alternative arrangements does not arise. However, if there is a request to opt-out of the NCCA Religious Education course, the Parent/Student over 18 must make a written request to the Principal in the first instance. The request should outline the reasons that s/he is seeking to opt-out. The Principal will then arrange a meeting to discuss the request. If after that meeting the parent/student over 18 still wishes to opt-out of the subject, the school will facilitate this in the following way:” [School to insert how requests for opt-outs will be facilitated in the school. Please note, as per s.62(7)(n) of the Education Act 1998, the school day cannot be shortened for the student as a result of opting out of religious instruction.] Delete this instruction and text box.
Template Admission Policy — Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018

Please note that section 2 of the Template Admission Policy contains a box which will provide a statement outlining the characteristic spirit of ETB schools. This statement will be issued by the schools’ patron ETB in the coming months and will be deemed to have been approved by the relevant patron ETB and so will not require the policy to be returned to the patron for approval. This characteristic spirit statement will issue by mid-May in time for the Admission Policy to be ratified by the Board of Management. By then, the final consultations in the Core Values Review process will have concluded.

 

 

 

4                      General Admission Provisions

A decision on an application for admission shall be based on:

  • the implementation of this Admission Policy,
  • the annual Admission Notice of the school, and the
  • information provided by the Applicant in the application for admission.

If, prior to the commencement of section 62 of the Education Act 1998 by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 on the 1st February 2020, Mohill Community College had confirmed, in writing, that an Applicant had been placed on a list relating to the allocation of school places for entrance before the 1st February 2025, then this confirmation is still valid and the Applicant will be offered that place.

In processing an application Mohill Community College shall not consider:

  • The payment of fees or contributions to the school;
  • A Student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude; unless:
  • it is necessary to ascertain whether or not the Student has the category of special educational needs concerned for admission to a school approved by the Minister of Education and Skills providing education exclusively to Students with a specified category of special educational needs or a special class;
  • The occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a Student’s Parent(s);
  • A requirement that a Student or his or her Parent(s), attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;
  • A Student’s connection to the school due to a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school, unless the connection is a sibling of the Student concerned attending, or having attended, the school.
  • The date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school as long as it is received during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual Admission Notice for that academic year.

Mohill Community College will consider the offer of a place to every Student seeking admission to the school, unless one of the following applies:

  • The Parent fails to confirm in writing that s/he accepts the Student Code of Behaviour and he/she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the Student;
  •    The Student seeking admission to a Special Class in the school does not have the       category of special educational needs specified by the Minister of Education and Skills in respect of that class.

 

Where Mohill Community College considers an application, each Student shall receive a place, unless the school is oversubscribed, in which case, selection criteria will be applied to each application.

Section 5 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for the First-Year Group.

Section 6 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for all year groups other than First-Year.

Section 7 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for the Special Class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART B

Information for Specific Categories of Applicants

 

 

  1. Application to the First-Year Group
  2. Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year
  3. Application to the Special Class

 

 

 

SECTION 5

Application to the First-Year Group

5                      Application to the First-Year Group

  • Admission Provisions (First-Year Group)
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer
    • Appeals

 

  • Appeals

5.2.1.    Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription

5.2.3     Basis for appeal

 

5.1              Admission Provisions (First Year Group)

Where Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed, all Students will be offered a school place, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8.

A Student applying for the First Year Group but seeking admission to the Special Class should see section 7 of this Admission Policy.

  • Oversubscription

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 5.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Mohill Community College is in a position to offer further school places that become available for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list.

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the school for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission to the same year group in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications to all year groups other than First-Year.

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

  • Selection criteria in order of priority

Mohill Community College will apply the following criteria for admission to the First-Year Group:

  • If the Student resides in the Catchment Area;
  • If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school;

See section 7 for selection criteria applicable to admission to the Special Class.

  • Selection process

Mohill Community College will apply the selection process as follows:

Applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available, the remaining Applicants are considered in light of the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the school. This process is continuously carried out until all available places have been offered and accepted.

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, Mohill Community College will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the school, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

  • Late applications

An application received by Mohill Community College after the closing date published by the school, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school and subsequently the school’s selection criteria will be applied in accordance with this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within the school, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8, and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Mohill Community College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the school have been filled.

  • Acceptance of a place

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the School’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

  • Refusal

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

  • The reasons that the Student was not offered a place in Mohill Community College;
  • Details of the Student’s ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year-group to which the Applicant is applying is oversubscribed;
  • Details of the Student’s place on the waiting list, if applicable; and
  • Details of the Applicant’s right to appeal the decision.

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and 4.8, an offer of admission may not be made where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.

 

  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place on the admission list or waiting list for that academic year and any subsequent applications for the same academic year on behalf of that Student shall be treated as a late application in line with section 5.1.4 above.

  • Appeals

For information relating to an Applicant’s right to appeal a decision of Mohill Community College regarding admission to the First-Year Group, see section 5.2.

5.2.         Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must submit his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College at Mohill Community College, Mohill, Co. Leitrim N41 YT72; phone 071 9631208/31122; email mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Mohill Community College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may choose to put his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this policy, same shall apply instead.

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

If an Applicant who chooses to appeal to the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, the Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Basis for appeal:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, an application to appeal must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to appeal the decision.

 

SECTION 6

Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year

6                      Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year

  • Admission Provisions (other than First-Year)
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer
    • Appeals
  • Appeals
    • Appeal where the refusal was due to oversubscription
    • Appeal where the refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription
    • Basis for appeal

 

6.1             Admission Provisions (Other Than First-Year)

Where Mohill Community college is not oversubscribed, all Students will be offered a school place, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8.

 A Student applying for admission to a year-group other than First-Year but seeking admission to the Special Class should see section 7 of this Admission Policy.

  • Oversubscription

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 6.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Mohill Community College is in a position to offer further school places that become available for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list.

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the school for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission to the same year group in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications to all years other than the First Year Group.

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

  • Selection criteria in order of priority

Mohill Community College will apply the following criteria for admission to a year-group other than First-Year:

  • If the Student resides in the catchment area;
  • If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school;

See section 7 for selection criteria applicable to admission to the Special Class.

Any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not an Applicant is admitted.

  • Selection process

Mohill Community College will apply the selection process as follows:

Applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available, the remaining Applicants are considered in light of the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the school. This process is continuously carried out until all available places have been offered and accepted.

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, Mohill Community College will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the school, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

  • Late applications:

An application received by Mohill Community College after the closing date published by Mohill Community College, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school and subsequently the school’s selection criteria will be applied in accordance with this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within Mohill Community College, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8, and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

 

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Mohill Community College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the school have been filled.

  • Acceptance of a place:

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

  • Refusal:

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

  • The reasons that the Student was not a offered a place in Mohill Community College,
  • Details of the Student’s ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year-group to which the Applicant is applying is oversubscribed,
  • Details of the Student’s place on the waiting list, if applicable, and
  • Details of the Applicant’s right to appeal the decision.

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and 4.8, an offer of admission may not be made where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.
  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place on the admission list or waiting list for that academic year and any subsequent applications for the same academic year on behalf of that Student shall be treated as a late application in line with section 6.1.4 above.

 Appeals:

For information relating to an Applicant’s right to appeal a decision of Mohill Community College regarding admission to a year-group other than First-Year, see section 6.3.

6.2            Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must submit his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College at Mohill Community College, Mohill, Co. Leitrim N41 YT72; phone 071 96 31208/31122; mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Mohill Community College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may choose to put his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

If an Applicant who chooses to appeal to the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, the Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

6.2.3 Basis for appeal:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, an application to appeal must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to appeal the decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7                       Application to the Special Class(es)

SECTION 7

Application to the Special Class(es)

  • Admission Provisions for the Special Class(es)
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer
  • Appeals
  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription
  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription
  • Basis for appeal

7.1              Admission Provisions for the Special Class(es)

Mohill Community College has a Special Class, established to cater for the special educational needs of Students with Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Only applications in respect of Students whose needs fall within the category of special educational needs provided for by the Special Class will be considered.

Where the Special Class in Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed, all Students whose needs fall within the category of special educational needs provided for by the Special Class will be offered a place in the Special Class, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8.

In line with section 4.8, where the Special Class in Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed, all Children whose needs fall within the category of special educational needs provided for by the Special Class will be offered a place in the Special Class, subject to section 4.7.

  • Oversubscription:

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 7.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Mohill Community College is in a position to offer further school places that become available for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list.

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the school for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission to the same year group in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications made to all years other than the First-Year Group.

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

  • Selection criteria in order of priority:

Applications to the Special Class will only be considered if the Student’s needs fall within the specified category of special educational needs provided for by this class. Subject to this requirement, in the event of oversubscription, the following criteria for admission to the Special Class will apply:

  • If the Student resides in the catchment area;
  • If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school;
  • Selection process:

Mohill Community College will apply the selection process as follows

Having met the criteria for admission to the Special Class, applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available the remaining Applicants are considered against the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the school. This process is continuously carried out until all available places have been offered and accepted.

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, Mohill Community College will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the school, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

  • Late applications:

An application received by Mohill Community College after the closing date published by Mohill Community College, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school and subsequently the school’s selection criteria will be applied in accordance with this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within Mohill Community College, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8, and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Mohill Community College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the school have been filled.

  • Acceptance of a place:

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the school’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

  • Refusal:

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

  • The reasons that the Student was not offered a place in Mohill Community College;
  • Details of the Student’s ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year-group to which the applicant is applying is oversubscribed;
  • Details of the Student’s place on the waiting list, if applicable; and
  • Details of the Applicant’s right to appeal the decision

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and 4.8 an offer of admission may not be made where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.
  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place on the admission list or waiting list for that academic year and any subsequent applications for the same academic year on behalf of that Student shall be treated as a late application in line with section 7.1.4 above.

7.2             Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must submit his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College at Mohill Community College, Mohill, Co. Leitrim N41 YT72; 071 9631208/31122; mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Mohill Community College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may choose to put his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

If an Applicant who chooses to appeal to the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, the Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Basis for appeal:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, an application to appeal must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to appeal the decision.

 

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