Parents have been given freedom regarding choice of school for their children. However, it is necessary for children to be registered at the school which serves their area. Thereafter, parents may, if they wish, make a placing request to have their child enrolled in a school elsewhere.
Information regarding parental rights will be given to parents on the registration days or by request at any other time.
At the time of registration parents are asked to bring their child’s Birth Certificate and Baptismal Certificate if appropriate.
You have the right to make a placing request for your child to be educated in a school other than their catchment school. In December each year, the authority will advertise its arrangements for placing requests. There are sound educational reasons for trying to ensure that the transfer or admission of children to a school takes place at the start of a school session. Other than those who are moving home to a new area, parents are advised to time any placing requests so that they take effect from the beginning of the new school session. Every effort will be made to try to meet the parental wishes, but you should note that it is not always possible to grant every placing request to a particular school.
After enrolment we familiarise our new entrants with school through our St.Brigid’s Pre Entrant Programme. Each child receives a personal invitation to come along to school in May. The children enjoy a programme of activities and become familiar with the school. At the final session of our Induction programme in June, the children meet with their Primary 1 teacher and future classmates while parents meet with the Head Teacher to discuss this important transition to primary school.
From their first week in school our new entrants are assigned a “buddy” from our Primary 7, who will keep a special watchful eye on them, help familiarise them with the playground and the school buildings, see that they have their playtime snack and generally be around until they are settled and more independent. Overall, the induction programme gives helps make the big step of starting school a little bit easier.