Enrolment Policy


Scoil Nioclais Naofa is a co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin. 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.

There are 15 full time teachers, including the principal, 3 resource teachers, employed in the school. The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth Class and Solas ,a special class for children on the ASD spectrum.

Children enrolled in Scoil Nioclais Naofa are required to co-operate with and support the schools 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 is available on our school website

Scoil Nioclais Naofa operates under the Rules for National Schools and Department 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. Scoil Nioclais Naofa follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Science.

Application Procedures

Parents seeking to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Nioclais Naofa should return a completed enrolment application form (available in the office) by the 1st February each year or enrol online via the school website. Parents of children enrolled in Junior Infants will be invited to an open day in the school in June each year. Enrolments for Solas require a diagnosis of ASD and a referral from a psychologist/psychiatrist that a placement in Solas is required.

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 to enrol their child in the school of their choice, the Board of Management of Scoil Nioclais Naofa is also responsible to respect 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 acting in the best interest of the children. The Board of Management may request that all necessary supports are put in place before enrolments can be guaranteed. The final decision regarding enrolment rests with the school Board of Management.

Decision making

Decisions in relation to application for enrolment are made by the Board of Management. Children must be at least 4 years of age by March 31 prior to the start of that school year.

To assist the school in such circumstances of 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 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:

  • Brothers and sisters (including stepsiblings, resident at same address)

of children already enrolled with priority going to the oldest.

  • Children living within the parish – priority oldest
  • Children of current school staff- priority oldest
  • Children whose home address is closest to the school (as measured by a straight line on an O.S. Map) if the child is normally resident outside of the parish/agreed catchment area.

We will not enrol children from other schools during the school year. Other pupils may be enrolled during the school year if newly resident in the area.

Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs enrolling in Scoil Nioclais Naofa 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 report 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 support in place before the child is admitted to the school. This may include visiting teacher service, resource teacher, special needs assistants etc, specialised equipment or furniture, transport service etc.

The school will meet with the parents of the special needs child 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.

It may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a child pending assessment report and/or provision of resources by the Department of Education and Science to meet the needs specified by in the psychologist and a medical report.

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.

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Scoil Nioclais Naofa,
Stephen Street
Co. Wicklow

045 401495

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