Coláiste Bhaile Chláir ASD Programme

Mission Statement

The development of the Coláiste Bhaile Chláir ASD Programme is based on the philosophy of educational inclusion such that children with specialised needs receive their education within the least restrictive setting of the school’s mainstream classrooms and activities. At the same time students in the ASD Programme can access “homeroom” classes for curricular support, social outings & classes unique to the ASD Programme focusing on each student’s own strengths and needs.

History

The Coláiste Bhaile Chláir ASD Programme was established in September 2015. In the intervening years the number of students enrolled in the ASD Programme has increased to our current maximum of six students.

Students with ASD and MGLD (Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disability) can engage in the L2LP Level two learning programme, a curriculum designed for students with intellectual disabilities. The Level 2 Learning Programmes have been designed for students with a high moderate to low mild general learning disability.  A Level 2 Learning Programme (L2LP) is made up of: Priority Learning Units and Short Courses. For more information please check the following website: https://www.jct.ie/l2lp/key_documents

What we provide

In the Coláiste Bhaile Chláir ASD Programme we provide the opportunity for all of our students to achieve the greatest level of meaningful independence whilst at the same time catering for their educational needs.

Classes take the form of supported/unsupported mainstream inclusion, homerooms classes involving curricular support or classes unique to the ASD Programme such as non-curricular Literacy and Numeracy, Social Skills, Music/Yoga, Personal Care/Occupational Therapy, Cooking etc. and Social Outings into the wider community.

We cater for a wide range of students from those looking to pursue state examinations (Junior Certificate, new Junior Certificate L2lp, LCA and Leaving Certificate) to those focusing on personal skills aimed at increasing their quality of life, independence and life skills once they graduate from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir.

Applications

To submit an application or arrange to visit the Coláiste Bhaile ASD Programme please ring 091 799001  and ask to speak to the ASD Programme Coordinator.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir Enrolment Policy

This policy statement was ratified by the Board of Management on and replaces all previous Admissions/Enrolment policies. The policy is available from the school office or can be found on the school website  http://www.colaistebhailechlair.com/

 1.Enrolment of First Years 

Each year at the last meeting of the academic year preceding enrolments the Board of Management will decide on a closing date for the receipt of applications for enrolments. Normally the closing date for receipt of applications into first year would be the last Friday of the October prior to the student starting the following September.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir welcomes enrolment applications from students in 6th class of Primary Schools which may be in the locality or elsewhere. 

The enrolment process, including the closing date for the receipt of applications, will be made public by the following means:  

Parents or Guardians seeking to enrol a child in first year in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir are required to return a completed Enrolment Application form before the closing date. 

Applications received after the closing date will result in the student’s name being automatically placed on a waiting list. A late application will only be considered when all applications made before the closing date have been processed. 

Enrolment procedures are carried out by the Principal and teaching staff. 

In the event that the number of children seeking enrolment in any year exceeds the number of places available, children will be prioritized for enrolment using the following criteria and in the following order:

When application forms are received, they will be stamped with the date and time on which they were received. Failure to complete the application form in full or to supply relevant documentation (psychological reports and any other documentation related to special educational needs provision) requested by the school or to make a reasonable arrangement to meet the ASD Co – Ordinator to discuss the application will result in a refusal. Application for a place in the school implies acceptance of the school’s admission policy and the code of behaviour.

Enrolment criteria: It is envisaged that the overall capacity of the school will not exceed 1100 students. The number of places in any given year will be decided at the first Board of Management meeting held in September in the preceding year of entry. Places will be allocated according to the following order of priority.

  1. Students who have a sibling in the school
  2. Sons and daughters of staff members
  3. Students who live inside the catchment area as defined in the maps attached in Appendix A (Boundary is half way between the school entrance and the next nearest post primary school transport point in each town where there is a
  4. Post-primary school)
  5. Students who live outside those points at 3 above but attend a primary school within those points
  6. All other applicants

Entry to the ASD Class

Applications will only be considered in the year of entry of the candidate to Coláiste Bhaile Chláir. All applications must be accompanied by an assessment carried out by an Educational/Clinical Psychologist, approved by the Department of Education and Skills, recommending the candidate as suitable for consideration for entry to an Autism Spectrum Disorder class

Following receipt of a completed application, supported with all required documentation, applications will be considered in conjunction with the Special Educational Needs organiser for the area.

The following documentation is required:

  1. A completed application form which is available in the school.
  2. An Educational/Clinical Psychologist’s Report recommending the candidate is suitable for placement in an Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Class. The unit in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir will cater for children with mild general learning difficulties or moderate learning difficulties in the ASD special class. It will not cater for children with severe or profound learning difficulties in the ASD special class
  3. Reports from all previous schools attended.
  4. Signed consent from parents/guardians granting the school permission to access any relevant reports from previous schools attended.

The closing date will be as for all pupils.

The following criteria in order will apply in allocating places in the ASD:

  1. That there is available space. The ASD special class will provide a maximum of 6 placements at any one time.
  2. That the needs of the student as identified can be met within the unit.
  3. Students who have a sibling in the school
  4. Sons and Daughters of staff Members
  5. Students who live inside the catchment area as defined in the maps attached in Appendix A (Boundary is half way between the school entrance and the next nearest post primary school transport point in each town where there is a post primary school)
  6. Students who live outside those points at 2 above but attend a primary school within those points
  7. All other applicants
  8. In the event that in each criteria individually from 3-6 are oversubscribed the board of management will consult with the local SENO and offer places based on the needs of the applicants
  9. All recommendations will then be considered by the Board of Management of the school who make the final decision on all applications.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir may in certain circumstances and following assessment be unable to meet the needs of the applicant on the grounds that:

  • They are deemed a risk to themselves or others.
  • Admission of the candidate would make impossible, or have a serious detrimental effect on, the provision by an educational establishment of its services to others.

The placement of each child will be subject to regular, at least annual, review by school staff and, where relevant, professionals external to the school. At this point a decision will be made as to whether the pupil will:

(a) continue in the special class.

(b) integrate fully into the mainstream school.

(c) seek an alternative placement.

The closing date for applications to transfer into the Special class will be as for all other mainstream applications to the school.

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for enrolment. Parents/guardians of pupils who are refused admission will be advised of their right to appeal and given information on how do so.

Procedures for admission into all other years / Transfer from another school/Application after the School Year has Started

Application: Applications forms are available upon request from the school office or from the school website. Applicants must also complete the school transfer form available on the school website. Applicants should complete the application form and school transfer form in full. Incomplete forms will be returned to parents/guardians.

Applicants must provide details of their educational performance, full behaviour record including any school files relating to incidents of misbehaviour and school attendance in their previous school and psychological reports if one has been completed for the applicant. Where an applicant has attended more than one second level school they must submit all requested reports and files from each school. The application for a place in the school will not be deemed to be complete and will not be considered where no such reports are provided. No transfer applications will be accepted after the beginning of the school year to start in that school year. Applications will not be accepted from students who are the subject of ongoing disciplinary proceedings in another school which includes any ongoing statutory procedures in accordance with the Education act 1998 or the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

Consideration will only be given to late applications once the initial enrolment process has been completed. If places still remain at this point late applications will be processed using the criteria as outlined above. 

In cases where a student has been refused a place in first year in another post primary school or there are matters relating to adequacy of the professional services to meet the needs of the applicant, such an application will be referred to the Board of Management for decision. 

2.Applications to enrol to other year groups or to first year after the start of the School Year.

Pupils must be applying for enrolment by way of transfer from another post primary school. The Principal will seek information concerning the student’s previous attendance, behaviour and educational progress to date.

 To this end the school will require signed permission from the parents of the student applying allowing our Principal/SEN Staff to contact his/her previous school seeking information relevant to the above. 

Successful students will be offered a place in the school on a provisional basis initially. During this period (one full school term) the student’s attendance, behaviour and educational progress will be closely monitored. 

The student will be offered a place on a permanent basis when the Principal, Deputy Principal, Year head and Class Tutor are satisfied the student’s attendance ​and behaviour are appropriate. Prospective parents and students should note that Nagle may not be in a position to accommodate the subject choices of a student transferring into the school.  

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse the offer of a place to any applicant on the following basis:

  1. ​That no suitable accommodation/place exists in the year group.
  2. ​That an offer of a place at the time may have a negative impact/outcome on pupils already enrolled in the school.
  • ​That an offer of a place may have a negative impact/outcome on the pupil himself/herself.
  • ​That the applicant has been expelled from another Post Primary school.
  • ​That the applicant has a poor disciplinary record in another school.

3.Appeal

(a) Decision of the Principal may be appealed to the Board of Management.

 (b) Decisions of the Board of Management may be appealed to the Cork Education Training Board.

(c) If, following the conclusion of the appeal procedures at school/CETB level, a parent/guardian is dissatisfied with the decision made that parent/guardian has a statutory entitlement under section 29 of the Education Act (as amended by Section 4 of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007, to appeal that decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills.

Procedures

 Enrolment will only be finalised following the completion of the following enrolment procedures:

3.1 Submit a completed application form by requested date.

3.2 Attend enrolment interview as notified.

3.3 Consent to educational records being made available by previous schools and to professional assessment being undertaken and reports provided if requested.

3.4 Attend enrolment assessment tests as arranged.

3.5 Supply enrolment requirements:

  • Signed copy of Code of Behaviour and Discipline
  • Birth Certificate
  • File photographs
  • Administration fee €50. Note this fee is non-refundable and will be deducted from the student activity fee for the following school year

It should be noted that such an appeal must be lodged within 42 days of the school’s refusal to enrol.

Additionally, for enrolments other than to first year

  • Two most recent term (or similar) reports
  • Reasons for seeking transfer
  • Report from Principal/Director of the last school/centre attended, giving reasons for leaving that school/centre.

5.Sequence

All procedures at 4 above to be completed before an application is referred to the Board of Management.