Parents seeking to enrol their child or children in St. Colman’s National School are requested to return a completed Enrolment Application Form at the beginning of June. Please contact New Quay National School to request an Enrolment Form – 065 7078188

Enrolment Policy

General Introduction

The enrolment policy of  St. Colman’s National School is set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Chairperson of the Board of Management and the School Principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from this policy.

St. Colman’s National School is a Catholic National School for boys and girls under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora and is situated in New Quay. 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.

New Quay is a 2 teacher school with a visiting SET Teacher. The school caters for pupils from age 4 years to 12 years in classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), and takes account of The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) and all relevant equality legislation. St. Colman’s National School follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science which may be amended from time to time in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

Within the context and parameters of Department of Education and Science regulations and programmes, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act (1998) and the funding and resources available the enrolment policy of St. Colman’s National 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 and
  • respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

Therefore, no child will be refused access to St. Colman’s National School for reasons of ethnicity, special educational needs, disability, accent, language, traveller status, asylum seeker/refugee status, religious or political beliefs or values, family or social circumstances.


As a general principle and insofar as practicable having regard to the enrolment policy of St. Colman’s National School children will be enrolled on application provided there is space available.

Pupils can only be admitted to Junior Infants having turned 4 years of age before the start of that academic year ie.  September 1st. Children may be admitted to any class during the school year provided they are transferring from another school.

Provision of Key Information by Parents

Applications will only be accepted on the basis of a fully completed School Enrolment Form. This form must be accompanied by a copy of Birth Certificate/ Baptismal Certificate if appropriate.

Decision Making

The Board of Management makes decisions relating to enrolment in accordance with school policy.

In determining enrolment the Board of Management shall take into account Department of Education and Science regulations regarding staffing provisions, maximum class size and maximum class average and any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation such as physical space, the educational needs and rights of children already enrolled, multi-grade classes and the presence of children with special educational/behavioural needs.

The Board of Management shall at all times have regard for the Health, Safety and Welfare of pupils and teachers and others who work in the school.

The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled from the ages of 4 years of age upwards although compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years. 

Appeals Procedure

Parents 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 enrol.

Enrolment of Pupils with Special Needs

In relation to applications for the enrolment of children with special needs the Board of Management may request a copy of any relevant medical or psychological reports as are available. If such a report is not available it is open to the Board to request that the child be assessed prior to enrolment. The purpose of the assessment is to establish the educational needs of the child relevant to his disability/special needs and to profile the support services required.

Following receipt of such a report the Board of Management shall assess how St. Colman’s National School can meet the needs specified in the report. If further resources are required the Board of Management will, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Science to provide the required resources. These may include any combination of the following visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport or other services.

The school principal will meet with the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s needs and the suitability and capability of St. Colman’s National School to meet those needs. If necessary, a full case conference may be called which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, resource teacher, psychologist and medical personnel.

Transfer of Pupils

Pupils may transfer to the school at any time subject to school policy, available space, the provisions of the Education Welfare Act (2000) and in some cases the approval of the Department of Education and Science.

Code of Behaviour

Children enrolled in St. Colman’s National School are required to co-operate with the school’s Code of Behaviour and other policies on curriculum, organisation and management. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children co-operate with these policies in an age appropriate way.