Admissions

Introduction
The Board of Management of Malahide Community School has formulated its Admission Policy as required by the relevant legislation of the Education Act, 1998 and the Education and Welfare Act, 2000.  This policy was revised on 26th September, 2018.  The policy was reviewed in September, 2019.

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Catchment Area
The Deed of Trust for Community Schools places particular emphasis on the provision for children “in the locality”.  With that in mind, pupils from the Malahide area, as specified in the map of our catchment area, are catered for as a priority, with applications from neighbouring areas being considered on the basis of the places we have available.

Consequently, we require accurate information from Parents/Guardians as to the location of their principal private residence at the time of application.  False or misleading information will invalidate an application.

The catchment area is subject to periodic change and the map below shows the catchment area as of June 2021.

 

Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Malahide Community School is committed, within its limited resources, to do all that is reasonable to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities or special needs.   We strive to facilitate a smooth transfer from Primary to Post-Primary education and to provide supports for these students throughout their time in Malahide Community School.

The school is committed to helping all students reach their full potential.  Support teachers work closely with Parent(s)/Guardian(s), other teachers, Year Heads, Management, Career Guidance, Chaplain and outside agencies.

We are also committed to the principle of promoting equality and prohibit any forms of discrimination or harassment.

While every effort will be made by Malahide Community School to meet the particular needs of every student, there may be cases where the school will be unable to meet some or all of the needs of an individual applicant / student.

 

Code of Behaviour
Parents/Guardians who accept a place in Malahide Community School must familiarise themselves with this Admissions Policy and Admissions Criteria and the school’s Code of Behaviour.  Parents/Guardians must sign that they have read our Code of Behaviour and support the school in its implementation.  The Code of Behaviour can be found on the school website.  A copy will be sent to all Parents/Guardians on offer of a place.

 

Application Forms
Application Forms for school entrance are available from the school, or through the local national schools, at the beginning of the school year prior to enrolment.  Parents/Guardians must note, in a particular way, the closing date for receipt of completed Application Forms.

 

Open Evening


An Open Evening is held in September/October each year, during which time, the Principal will outline the enrolment procedure.  It is important for prospective Parents/Guardians to attend this meeting.

The fully completed Application Form should be signed and submitted to the School Office by 16:00hr on the closing date which is noted on the Application Form and agreed by the Board of Management (BOM) each year.  Applications received after that date will be considered late for whatever reason and will only be considered after all other applicants have been processed.  Please note: Proof of Postage will not be accepted as Proof of Receipt.  It is therefore advised that Application Forms are hand delivered.  Posted Application Forms must be accompanied by a phone call in advance of the deadline, to confirm receipt of same.

Parents/Guardians applying for enrolment in the school must fill out the appropriate school Application Form and provide proof of address in the form of 2 original current Utility Bills e.g. Refuse charges, Electricity, Gas, Phone bill (landline only).  Please note, two Utility Bills from the same service provider is not acceptable.  All relevant information requested on the Application Form must be submitted by the closing date of application.  Parents/Guardians who make an application must provide the school with accurate information as set out in our application form.  Providing false information will automatically disqualify applicants from the process.  Where the school is not satisfied with the completeness of any application, it may be referred back to the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) for further information or clarification.  Failure to provide the requested information or clarification may result in an application being postponed or refused.

As soon as is practicable, but not later than 21 days after the closing date, the Board of Management will make a decision in respect of the applications concerned and inform Parents/Guardians, in writing, to the address specified on the Application Form.

Due to the large number of applications received, we regularly have to disappoint some applicants. To ensure fair distribution of places, we require Parents/Guardians to act with integrity.  Parents/Guardians who provide false or misleading information, e.g. use an address which is not their principal private residence at the time of application, will render their applications null and void.  Similarly, the practice of “double-booking” schools can cause serious problems for other Parents/Guardians and for schools.

 

Right of Appeal
Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998; section 24 of the Education and Welfare Act, 2000 and Circular Letter M48/01 provide for the right of appeal by the Parents/Guardians of any student whose enrolment is refused within the time specified by the Department of Education and Skills.

 

Accepting a place
When a place is offered, Parents/Guardians are requested to fill out the Acceptance/ NON-Acceptance Form and return it to the school office no later than the date indicated on the form.  Malahide Community School depends on this contribution to provide for such things as supplementing sports coaching, outside speakers, transport and extra-curricular activities etc.  While this contribution is voluntary, the school requests that you consider making this contribution for the benefit of all students.