Coláiste Chathail Naofa,
Youghal Road, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

Email:    Tel: 058 41184


Admission to Coláiste Chathail Naofa is open to all students who, in the professional judgement of the school authority, and based on appropriate documentation/reports been provided, are suitable for the course applied for and whose educational needs can be met by the school taking into account the safety and rights of all relevant persons and subject to the functions of the minister pursuant to Section 7 (1) of the Education Act 1998.

The Board of Management of this school has a policy of equal rights to all students. No student will be refused admission solely for reasons of ethnic grouping, special educational needs, disability, gender, language/accent, asylum-seeker refugee status, traveller status, religious/political beliefs and values, family or social circumstances.
The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse to enrol a student either where said student has a disability/special educational need which the school cannot meet, even with additional resources provided by the Department of Education and Science pursuant to Section 2 (3) of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004, or where a student would pose an unacceptable threat to students, staff and/or school property.

Procedures for Admission:
The usual date of commencement for new students is the first day of the school year.  Transfer students from within the catchment area shall be accepted subject to a satisfactory report from the last school attended, subject to consideration of the needs of students already enrolled, and subject to the school being able to provide a suitable programme and such supports as may be necessary.

The following information needs to be provided to the school by parents/guardians of students who have not yet reached the age of 18 years or from students who have reached 18 years, prior to making a decision regarding their admission to the school.

  1.  Name, age and address of the student.
  2. Date of birth and birth certificate of the student.
  3. P.P.S. number of the student.
  4. Address of parents/guardians and relevant telephone numbers including emergency numbers.
  5. Name, address and telephone number of the student’s present/previous school(s).
  6. Religion of student.
  7. Relevant medical information, including medical number and review date, if applicable.
  8. Relevant information regarding access to the child, custody of the child and legal orders pertaining to the child.
  9. Information and records from the student’s present/previous school(s) including a disciplinary and attendance report, psychological or other professional reports if applicable, an academic profile for each of the subjects that the student has studied at that school.
  10. No application will be processed until all of the information requested above has been provided.

When students come to the school to inquire about transferring they are given an transfer pack which includes a cover letter, application form, a student reference form, transfer students behaviour report sheet, admissions policy and prospectus. Before the application can be processed the following documentation must be submitted.

  • A letter explaining why the student wants to transfer written by the student.
  • Three previous school reports.
  • The student reference form and transfer student behaviour report sheet completed by previous school.
  • A special needs provision survey.
  • A copy of the student’s birth cert.
  • A completed application form

The Board of Management affirms that in 5 days  following the next board of management meeting, the Board of Management or its nominee shall inform the parents/guardians of the student, or  success or otherwise of their application. It is not possible or practical to give notice after 21 days of receipt of documents because there are periods of the year when the school is closed and there are generally only 5 meetings a year.

The Board of Management reserves the right to review and amend the admissions policy in response to changing circumstances and situations and in the event of any alteration to the policy will communicate such changes to all interested parties.

At a Board of Management meeting on 26 May 2016 the board ratified in a formal resolution that the principal may in certain circumstances administer and review transfer applications on behalf of the board of management. These decisions then would be ratified at the next board of management meeting .The principal will consult with an admissions sub-committee of the Board of Management when administering admissions.

Transfer of Students from another School:
Students may make an application to enrol at, or to transfer to, Coláiste Chathail Naofa subject to the following:

  • A place must be available with reference to the numbers for each year set out by The Board of Management and the availability of places in each class requested.
  • All transfer students are required to complete a school assessment in literacy and numeracy.
  • The applicant must provide the school with the information required as set out in the admissions policy.
  • The applicant with their parents/guardians must present for interview with the school principal or Board of Management if requested to do so.
  • Contact will be made with the applicant’s former school(s) to obtain a report on behaviour, information on any supports already in place for the student, copies of educational, psychological or other professional reports/assessments that the school deem necessary to assist them in processing the application.
  • The Board of Management must be satisfied that the enrolment is in the best interests of the student and of the school. The Board will consider whether the admission of the student may have a detrimental impact on the common good of the school or may be a risk to the health and safety of staff and students. It will also take into account whether the school is equipped to cater for the needs of the student.
  • In the case of transfer from local secondary schools, the Board must be satisfied that there is a valid reason for the transfer. Where a student has already a place in another school transferring is rarely sanctioned.
  • The parent/guardian and applicant must give a written undertaking to abide by the Code of Behaviour of Coláiste Chathail Naofa and to support the ethos of the school by signing the school rules of which they will receive a copy for their information.

"Garda Vetting will apply to relevant WWETB courses and programmes.  Where this is necessary, you will be required to complete a Garda Vetting Form giving permission for information to be obtained from the Garda Central Vetting Unit regarding all convictions and/or prosecutions successful or not, pending or completed."

Right of Appeal:
In accordance with Sections 28 and 29 of the education Act 1998, parents/guardians of applicants, or the applicant themselves if they are over 18 years of age who are not enrolled in the school may appeal the decision to WW ETB in the first instance and subsequently, if necessary, to the Department of education and Science. Any such appeal to the WWETB must be submitted within 14 school days of receipt by the parents/guardians of the decision of the Board of Management.

Reviewed , 26,5,16 and 28,2,17







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