Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co. Kerry.
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine is a Community School and is subject to the provisions of a Deed of Trust for Community Schools. It states that the school shall be established with the object of providing a comprehensive system of post-primary education open to all the children of the community, combining instruction in academic and practical subjects, and ongoing education for persons living at or near Kenmare in the County of Kerry and generally for the purpose of contributing towards the spiritual, moral, mental and physical well-being and development of the Community. Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine is co-educational and multi-denominational.
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine is managed by a Board of Management. The composition of the Board is as follows:
- 3 nominees of Religious Trustees.
- 3 nominees of Vocational Education Committee Trustees
- 2 nominees of parents (elected, of whom one must be a mother)
- 2 nominees of permanent wholetime teaching staff (elected)
- 1 Principal (non-voting) who is also the Secretary of the Board of Management.
The term of office of the Board of Management is three years.
The school aims, with the resources available, to provide the best possible environment in order to cater for the cultural, educational, moral, physical, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions of all students. We show special concern for the disadvantaged and we make every effort to ensure that the uniqueness and dignity of each person is respected, and responded to, especially through the pastoral care system in the school. We realise too, that we must cater for the changing needs of to-day’s world and towards that end, we frequently review our various programmes.
The school is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and operates within the regulations and guidelines set down from time to time by that Department. Within the context of the Department of Education and Science regulations and programmes, the rights of the Trustees/Board of Management as set out in the Education Act 1998 (Section 15(1),(2) ) and the funding and resources available. The school supports the following principles:
- Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of students with a disability or other special educational needs.
- Equality with respect to maximum access and participation in the school.
- Respect for the diversity of beliefs, languages, traditions and ways of life in society.
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine aims to provide a high quality comprehensive education, open to all the students of the greater Kenmare area.
We are committed to the care and development of each individual and to fostering a positive attitude towards life long learning.
It is a school where students, teachers and parents work together to contribute to a safe, caring and happy environment.
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine
Contact details: Address: Railway Road, Kenmare, County Kerry. V93K580
Telephone Nos. (064) 66 40846 / 66 40847
Fax No. (064) 66 40922
Web site: www.kenmarecs.com
Principal: Mr. Dermot Healy
Deputy Principal: Ms. Maureen Foley
Chaplain: Ms. Mairéad Hickey
Guidance Counsellor: Ms. Emer O’Riordan
School Secretaries: Mrs. Ann O’Connor
Mrs. Linda Lynch
Caretakers: Mr. Timothy O’Sullivan
Mr. Declan O’Neill
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 8:50 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
1:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Friday 8:50 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Courses and Subjects offered
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine follows the full time Curricular Programmes set down by the Department of Education and Skills. This programme may be amended from time to time in accordance with the Education Act 1998.
Junior Cycle Senior Cycle
3 Years 2 years 2 years
Junior Certificate Leaving Certificate Leaving Cert. Applied Programme.
Exam. Subjects Exam Subjects
Religion Irish Vocational Preparation
Irish English English & Communication
English Mathematics Mathematical Applications
Mathematics History Social Education
History Geography Arts Education
Geography Physics Computer Studies
Science Chemistry 2 Vocational Specialism
Business Studies Biology 2 Languages
French Business Leisure Studies
Music Agricultural Science Elective
Home Economics Music
Technical Graphics Art
Materials Tech. Wood Home Economics
Metalwork Design & Communication Graphics
Non Exam Subjects
Computer Studies Non-Examination subjects
Physical Education Religious Education
S.P.H.E. (Social and Personal Health Education)
Leaving Cert. Vocational Programme (LCVP)
Optional extra for students doing Leaving Certificate, who have certain Subject combinations.
Transition Year – One Year
Optional for all students after Junior Certificate – Subject list available on request.
Leaving Certificate Applied
The school may offer an alternative programme, subject to demand and resources, to the traditional Leaving Certificate called the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme. Some students will find this programme a very suitable route to pursue at senior cycle and the school will consider applications from students and their parents on completion of Junior Cycle. This is a two year programme.
The Transition Year is a one-year optional programme, which comes immediately after completion of the Junior Certificate. The places are allocated on the basis of interview. The Transition Year Co-Ordinator, Principal, Deputy Principal, members of the core Transition Year team and the Guidance Counsellor usually conduct the interviews. Certain criteria will apply when selecting students for the Transition Year. The aim of the programme is:
- To provide a good academic basis for beginning the Senior Cycle course.
- To develop aspects of the curriculum which tend not to be catered for elsewhere in the school curriculum.
- To develop teamwork through task oriented projects.
- To develop links between school and the wider community.
- To encourage students to become self motivated learners.
- To provide an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of how learning occurs generally and with particular reference to their own learning styles.
- To introduce students to a wide range of cultural activities and sporting activities.
- To prepare students to become responsible members of society.
A fee is requested to facilitate the wide range of activities in which students are involved during this year. For further details apply to school office.
Provision of subjects and activities is subject to resources and annual review.
The Principal, as the Curriculum Planner for all school programmes allocates students to classes, subject to sufficient demand and teaching/classroom resources. The Board of Management of Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine reserves the right to determine on an annual basis the range of subjects.
Homework and Study
The school has a Homework Policy.
The school believes that study is a discipline which must be developed. It involves both written and oral work. The school organises study seminars for examination students. It is essential that students develop the habit of study. The actual time to be spent on study is difficult to calculate, but it is important to point out that it involves more than just written homework.
The school offers facilities for supervised study after school between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The school wishes to advise parents/guardians that part time work by students while in school militates against participation in the overall function of the school and may affect educational outcomes.
The Education Welfare Act 2001 legislation sets out a framework to promote regular attendance at school. The main provisions of the Act are:
- The minimum school leaving age is 16 years, or the completion of three years of post-primary education, whichever is the later.
- A National Educational Welfare Board has been established to develop, co-ordinate and implement school attendance policy so as to ensure that every child in the State attends a recognised school or otherwise receives an appropriate education.
- The Board will appoint education welfare officers to work in close co-operation with schools, teachers, parents and community/voluntary bodies with a view to encouraging regular school attendance and developing strategies to reduce absenteeism and early school leaving.
- School registers, attendance records, codes of behaviour and attendance strategies will be used by school authorities to promote regular attendance and foster an appreciation of learning among the student population.
- Parents are required to ensure that their children attend a recognised school or otherwise receive an appropriate minimum education.
- Specific provision is made for the continuing education and training of young persons of 16 and 17 years of age who leave school early to take up employment.
- Students who are absent for 20 days or more are referred to the Education Welfare Board. The Board may act to investigate the causes of the non-attendance.
- Parents will be informed when students are about to be referred to the Education Welfare Board.
Extra Curricular Activities
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine provides a wide variety of Extra Curricular activities. These activities are in the artistic, cultural, social and sporting areas. The school wishes to develop the talents of all students to provide them with confidence to be involved in various activities in later life. Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine also places great emphasis on the development of team games for all its students. The following is a list of activities currently catered for:
- Student Council
- A.A. Boys / Girls
- Public Speaking
- Care of the Environment
- School Musical
- Outdoor Pursuits
The school uniform is an important part of the identity of Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine and must be worn in school at all times (except P.E.) and on all school trips. It must be kept neat and tidy. It consists of:
- Specified dark grey school trousers, ‘regular’ fit.
- White polo shirt with the school crest
- Navy jumper bearing the school crest
- Black leather shoes (no canvas/runners or runner type shoes, even if they are black) Flat black or navy ‘boat style’ shoes are also acceptable.
- School Jacket
- Each student needs at least two polo shirts and trousers/skirts.
- Students may not wear jewellery except for a watch and stud earrings in each ear lobe.
- No visible piercings
The school has an active and vibrant Parents Association. The Parents’s Association aims to promote the educational development of our students and to assist with the various school activities. Please check the Parents Page on the school website for further details.
School Functions and Meetings
Parent-Teacher meetings are held in accordance with Circular Letter M58/04 from the Department of Education and Science and other subsequent arrangements, for each year group. These meetings are brought to the attention of the parents/guardians by letters. Parents/guardians are strongly urged to attend.
A school Retreat will be offered to selected classes each year. This is facilitated by external specialists.
There are various functions and meetings during the year and parents/guardians will be notified well in advance of such meetings. These meetings are usually held in the evening. The following is a sample of what can take place during the year:
- Awards Day in May
- Graduation Night in May (LC2 and TY)
- Mock Interviews
- Career Talks
- Subject choices for third year students
- Meeting for parents of incoming first years
- Various talks on Alcohol and Drug Awareness and social media safety etc.
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine welcomes all students for whom the school can provide an appropriate education. The school aims to provide an integrated and an inclusive education.
Each year the Board of Management may have to decide in advance the number of First Year students for whom the school can provide an appropriate education, having regard to the facilities, personnel, plant and resources.
On application, the parents/guardians will be informed of the number of classes/students the school proposes to enrol.
Students who are eligible for Admission
- Having reached the required age: 12 on 1st January in the calendar year following the child’s entry into First Year.
- Having completed Sixth class in Primary School or its equivalent.
- Be willing in conjunction with their parents to accept the school ethos.
- Be willing, with parents/guardians to accept the school Code of Behaviour. Confirmation in writing, is required, that parents/guardians and students accept the Code of Behaviour.
- Be willing to take an Assessment Test.
In the event of school having more applications than places available, the following criteria in the order given, will apply:
- Priority to students from primary schools in the catchment area.
- Students from school’s community and catchment area.
- Siblings, i.e. brothers or sisters of students already in school.
- Length of residence in the area.
- Lottery when all more rational methods have failed, conducted in an open and transparent manner.
The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is set by the school each year.
Application Forms are available by calling to or telephoning the School Office or from your Primary School. Late applications will only be considered after all applications received on time have been processed.
Special Educational Needs
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine welcomes applications from students with special educational needs and is proud of its reputation in regard to integrated provision for children with disabilities and with special educational needs. The school will use the resources, both financial and personnel, provided by the Department of Education and Science, to make reasonable provision and accommodation for all such students and will ensure that these students are free to participate in the life of the school in so far as is reasonably practicable. While recognising and fully supporting parents’ rights to have a school of their choice for their children, the school’s ability to accept students with particular needs are dependent on the supply of recources suitable to the needs of the individual student, being supplied by the Department of Education and Science.
School management and parents must co-operate, from the earliest possible time, to establish the special educational needs of the student, the resources required to meet those needs and the submission of a well researched request to the Department of Education and Science / Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO) seeking the allocation of appropriate resources. Parents are encouraged to contact the school well in advance of the admissions process should they feel that their son/daughter has special education needs as considerable delays have been experienced by schools in receiving a response from the Department of Education and Science to a request for special resources.
In making provision for special educational need students, the following information is required:
Previous access to:
- Special Needs assistant or classroom assistant
- Special class
- Help, for specific needs, from any resource teacher.
- Assistance with behavourial modification.
- Psychological assessment. Report to be provided.
- Any additional resources to help with their special needs.
- Help in areas including, visual impairment, hearing impairment, general learning disability or emotional disturbance.
- Any resource in relation to travel or mobility, etc.
- If an expert report is provided, it should include a workable strategy for addressing the needs, allowing for the resources available.
- It may be necessary in certain cases to hold a case conference involving all partners, prior to a decision to enrol.
- The Board of Management, having gathered all relevant information and professional documentation, assesses how the needs of the special needs students can be met.
- Final confirmation of a place may, in exceptional cases, have to be withheld until the Department of Education and Science confirms that the necessary resources are to be allocated.
The school has an ASD Unit which caters for students with Autism and has a maximum capacity for six students. A separate policy applies to admissions to the ASD Unit: this is available from the school Office. Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine has a Learning Support Policy which is reviewed regularly and is available on the school website.
Transfer of a student from another school, outside the catchment area
The school will make every reasonable effort to facilitate a student currently resident in the catchment area, seeking a transfer to our school. The Board of Management will decide on applications for admission to any year, other than First Year. All relevant information, having been made available from the applicant’s previous school, the Board will decide whether or not a transfer:
- Is in agreement with the school’s Admission Policy
- Is in the best interest of the student
- Is in the best interest of the school
- Is of educational benefit to the student
Admission after the 30th September is not automatic and will be determined by the Board of Management.
It may be necessary for a consultation with the Educational Welfare Officer to take place.
Where a student is considered for a place, the decision will be taken by the Board of Management, in, consultation with the student’s parents/guardians, his former school, the education welfare officer, whether such a place may be offered, immediately, or whether it would be better to wait until the beginning of the next academic year.
Applications for Repeat Leaving Certificate Year
Students who wish to repeat their Leaving Certificate must apply to the school no later than the 1st September. They will then be interviewed by the Principal or Deputy Principal. Particular criteria in considering application will apply.
- Available space in classes
- The academic and behavioural record of the students
- If accepted the following applies:
- Repeat students obey all the school rules and attend school full time.
- While the school will do its utmost to facilitate students, due to curriculum change there will be no guarantee that the school will provide instruction in the same subjects taken the previous year.
Enrolment forms are distributed to all the primary schools in the catchment area and are available from the school office. The parents/guardians must return the form by the date specified on the Enrolment forms.
In the case of students with special education needs, the Board, having received the relevant information will make a decision and inform the parents in writing of this decision as per the terms, outlined in an earlier part of this policy.
There will be an Assessment Test in March, which all incoming First Year students must sit. This test is used to access attainment levels in order to best cater for students according to their needs and has no bearing on a decision to enrol a student or not.
First Year is unstreamed and students are allocated to class groups randomly.
There is an Open Evening for all incoming students and their parents and an Information Evening for parents, at the beginning of the school year. This is a vital part of our enrolment process. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.
Parents/guardians are requested to pay a voluntary fee set by the school annually to cover the cost of stationery, printing, postage, school journal, extra-curricular activities and a subvention to the Parents Association. Contact, in confidence, should be made with the Principal should you require special consideration in relation to this request.
On completion of the enrolment process a request will be made for all relevant information to be made available from the student’s previous school, including such matters as attendance record, behaviour issues, special education needs etc. This will assist the school in making appropriate education provision for each student.
The following documents will be available on request to parents, on applying for an enrolment form:
- Admissions Policy
- Code of Behaviour
- Substance Misuse – Alcohol – Tobacco – Drugs Policy
- Child Protection Policy documents
- Transition Year Information
- LCA programme details
- LCVP programme details
- School Calendar including house examinations, etc.
- Complaints Procedures, etc.
A copy of these is available in the school Office and they are published on our website.
The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in exceptional circumstances.
Any refusal to admit a student to the school may be appealed by the parent to the Board of Management in the first instance, and thereafter may be appealed to the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills (see Appendix 1)
Any queries arising from the Admissions Policy may be addressed to:
The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, or to the Principal, Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co. Kerry.
This policy will be reviewed not later than 3 years from the review date at the end of this document.
Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 gives parents (and students who have reached the age of 18) the right to appeal certain decisions made by a school Board of Management, or a person acting on behalf of the board, to the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills. A refusal to enrol may be appealed.
Appeals must generally be made within 42 calendar days from the date the decision of the school was notified to the parent or student. Accordingly, parents are advised of this right of appeal and associated timeframe when informing them of any of the above categories or decisions.
In brief these procedures can involve:
- In the first instance, an Appeal in writing to the Board of Management.
- An Appeal to the Department of Education under Section 29 of the Education Act,
An appeal form is available from the Department of Education website or the National Education & Welfare Board.
An appeal may be made to: The Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, The Appeals Administration Unit, Department of Education and Science, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.
This Admissions Policy was reviewed and adopted by the Board of Management on: 12th December, 2016.