ST PATRICKS PRIMARY SCHOOL, BALLYGALGET

 

Admissions No. 18    Enrolment No. 129

St Patrick's was opened in 1966 and enjoys a pleasant situation on an attractive rural site.  Set in its own grounds it incorporates both grassy and hard-surfaced playing areas.  It is serviced by public transport (Translink).

The well kept accommodation has recently been renovated and now comprises of 5 stimulating classrooms, multipurpose hall, staffroom, Principal's office, library, and reading recovery/special needs room. Computer stations, worktops and craft areas are provided in all classrooms.

Provision for outdoor play has been developed to include separate Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 hard-surfaced play areas.  Large play equipment with safety surface is provided in the Key Stage 1 play area to develop co-ordination and gross motor skills.  An extensive grass play area has recently been added to the outdoor play facilities.

The adjacent Parochial Hall is used for PE, musical productions and parent functions.

The current teaching staff is Principal, 6 assistant teachers and 3 classroom assistants.  The staff have a wide range of skills and experience which ensures a broad and balanced curriculum is offered.  Reading Recovery is available and is an integral part of curricular provision.  Reading Partnership is also provided by classroom assistants.  Auxiliary and ancillary staff complete a team dedicated to the all round development of the individual child.

As a Catholic school, we strive to develop the skills, values and self esteem of all children so that they can play a valued and valuable role in society whilst living daily the Catholic faith.  A rich, varied and meaningful curriculum is provided in a secure, happy and caring environment.  Emphasis is placed on the development of each child as an independent learner.

A wide range of extra-curricular activities are undertaken to include hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, soccer, swimming, tag rugby, gymnastics, dance, golf, French, Spanish, school choir, musical productions and public speaking. Educational visits form an integral part of the school's programme and are used extensively to enrich and enhance particular areas of study.

Education for Mutual Understanding is enhanced through the strong links which have been developed with local schools.

Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in all parts of their children's education.  Indeed, the high standards of work and discipline are achieved by nurturing strong links with parents.  This has been developed to include a 'Friends of St Patrick's' committee which plays a valuable role in school life.  The school is at the heart of the community and is actively involved in parish life.  Meetings, newsletters and regular bulletins keep parents fully informed.

There is a designated school uniform, which is strongly supported.  Levels of attendance and punctuality are excellent.

As members of the local community, the Board of Governors take a keen and active interest in the school, the staff and the education of all the pupils.  They will be involved in the application of the admissions criteria.

 

Admissions Criteria

P1 Intake

The following criteria will be applied in the order set down by the Board of Governors of St Patrick's Primary School in selecting children for admission to Primary 1 in September 2013.

1       Children of compulsory school age who reside in the Parish of Ballygalget;

2       Children of compulsory school age who already have brothers or sisters attending the school;

3       Children of school employees;

4       Children who are the eldest in their family;

5       Children whose family members (brother or sister, father or mother, grandfather or grandmother, in that order) were past pupils of the school;

6       Children of compulsory school age from other areas.

In the event that there are fewer applicants complying with a particular criterion than there are places available or remaining those applicants complying with that criterion will be admitted and the next criterion will be applied to the remaining applicants.

In the event that there are more applicants complying with a particular criterion that there are places available or remaining those applicants complying with that criterion will go forward to be considered under the next criterion and those not complying will be eliminated.

In the event that there are more applicants than there area places available or remaining on the application of the last criterion which can be applied, applicants will be selected for the remaining places on the basis that St Patrick's Primary School is the nearest suitable primary school, as measured by a straight line on an Ordnance Survey Map, from the pupils permanent place of residence to the front door of the school.

Reception Intake

 NB: Compulsory school aged pupils must always take preference to Reception pupils.

1        If the Year 1 intake is not oversubscribed, children who have reached their 4th birthday on or before the 31st  October and who reside in the parish of Ballygalget may be enrolled into the Reception class provided the class number does not exceed 25 - eldest given preference.

2        If the Year 1 intake is not oversubscribed, children who have reached their 4th birthday on or before the 31st  October may be enrolled into the Reception class provided the class number does not exceed 25 - eldest given preference.

3        If the Year 1 intake is not oversubscribed, children who have reached their 4th birthday on or before the 1st January may be enrolled into the Reception class provided the class number does not exceed 25 - eldest given preference.

It is the parents' responsibility to ensure that any information which is relevant to the school's criteria is included on the application form.

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form.

The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines can result in the withdrawal of a place.

Application for admission to P1 after the beginning of the school year

 Criteria as above will apply.

 

P2-P7 Intake

 The school will enrol up to its maximum capacity of 129 using the following:-

(a)     in the interests of all children attending this school the Board of Governors would  recommend a ceiling of 30 maximum in each composite class;

(b)     it will then review Pupil/Teacher ratio in the light of budget restrictions and pupil numbers;

(c)     criteria 1-5 will be applied.

 

Applications for Admission 

 

No of Applications Received

No of Pupils Admitted

2008/09

25

19

2009/10

26

22

2010/11

19

17