Admissions

 

Admissions Policy


Our policy sets out the basic mission of the school and the manner in which students are admitted to and participate in the life of the school.

 

In Mount Mercy College we are striving to be a welcoming place to all female students, Catholic in character, inclusive in our intake, comprehensive in our curriculum. We strive to exercise justice and fairness in our structures and behaviour management strategies and we strive to be consultative in our decision making.

 

The Trustees (CEIST) are committed to the implementation of recent education legislation, in particular, the Education Act (1998) and the Education Welfare Act(2000). The trustees fully subscribe the underlying principles of the legislation: partnership, accountability, transparency, inclusion, respect for diversity, parental choice and equality.

 

The Gospel and legacy of Catherine McAuley challenges our school to be inclusive, to be especially mindful of the disadvantaged and mindful of those with special needs.

 

The Gospel and legacy of Catherine McAuley also challenges our school to be truly a resource for the local community, to be mindful of local needs and to focus on the importance of a value based Christian Education in a Catholic tradition.

 

The Board of Management supports the underlying principles of the Education Act, within the context of the resources available to the school.

 

  • Parents and guardians are expected to support the philosophy of the school
  • In the interest of the student’s welfare, medical conditions are made known to the school.
  • The school is provided with the name, address and telephone number of the parent/guardian.
  • The parent or guardian who enrols the student reads our discipline code and gives a written undertaking to uphold it.
  • The parents of the students who do not go home for lunch agree to have them stay on the school grounds during the lunch break.

Please note that this Admission Policy is reviewed annually by the Board of Management and may be amended subject to the guidelines as issued from time to time by the Department of Education & Skills.

 

Following submission of Registration Documentation, places are allocated in the following order subject to (a) availability of places and (b) available accommodation at Mount Mercy College::

  1. Students attending St. Catherine’s National School have automatic entry. However, students who transfer to St. Catherine‘s in 4th., 5th. or 6th Class do not have automatic entry.( If a student transfers to St. Catherine’s because the family has moved into the Model Farm Rd., Wilton, Glasheen or Bishopstown areas then she would gain automatic access)

     

    If the reason for transfer to St. Catherine’s National School does not meet with the above, then a student’s placement cannot be guaranteed and those applicants will be transferred to Category 7.
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    NOTE: Applicants from 2 – 7 below must have submitted a completed Registration Form at least one ACADEMIC YEAR (September 1st – August 31st) PRIOR to their expected year of entry. NOTE: Registration closes on August 31st., in the year prior to an applicant’s expected year of entry.

     

    Late applications may be considered only after Categories 1 to 7 have been finalized.

     

  3. Sisters of students (present and past).
  4. Daughters of past-pupils and staff
  5. Parish (attached to Dennehy's Cross Church)
  6. Students attending Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh (Cailíní), Bishopstown, Cork.
    Students who transfer to Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh in 4th., 5th. or 6th Class because the family has moved into the Model Farm Rd., Wilton & or Bishopstown areas will be considered in the same way as those students who attended since Jnr. Infants.
    However, if the reason for transfer to Sc.An Spioraid Naoimh does not meet with the above, then a student’s placement cannot be guaranteed and those applicants will be transferred to Category 7.
  7. Local Feeder National Schools
    Please note that if the number of children in Category 6 exceed the number of places remaining, then preference for placement is given in accordance with the distance of that primary school from Mount Mercy College: Scoil Mhuire, Glasheen (1.6km); Gaeilscoil Uí Riada, Wilton (2.3km); Scoil an tAthair Maitiú, Togher (3.00km) and Ballinora National School (7.6km)
    Students who transfer to Local Feeder National Schools in 4th., 5th. or 6th Class because the family has moved into the associated areas will be considered in the same way as those students who attended since Jnr. Infants. However, if the reason for transfer to a local feeder National School does not meet with the above, then a student’s placement cannot be guaranteed and those applicants will be transferred to Category 7.
  8. Having catered to applicants in Categories 1 – 6 any available places thereafter, including subsequent cancellations, will be allocated in accordance with a numbered cancellation list.

 

• Parents who opt to have their daughters included on this cancellation list will be invited to complete and submit a “Cancellation List Form” by a designated time and date.

• All submitted applications for inclusion on this cancellation list will then be the subject of a lottery

•which will be held at a meeting where fair and transparent procedures will apply.

•Parents/Legal Guardians will be invited to attend this meeting.

•Please note that, under no circumstances, will submissions be considered AFTER the designated time/date.

 

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any student in exceptional cases. Such an exceptional case could include the following:


  • In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.

  • OR

  • The student has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Science, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education.
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    Students with Special Needs

    1. Mount Mercy College welcomes students with special needs and will use the resources, both financial and personnel, provided by the Department of Education and Science to make reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities or special educational needs up to a nominal cost so that these students are free to participate in the life in 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 College's ability to accept students with particular needs is dependent on the supply of resources, suitable to the needs of the individual student, being supplied by the Department of Education and Science.

       

      The College welcomes applications from students with special educational needs unless the nature and degree of those needs is such that to enrol the student concerned would be inconsistent with both the best interests of the student concerned and the effective provision of education for the other students with whom the student concerned is to be educated.

       

      The Board of Management must be made aware of any special needs as early as possible, so that these needs can be assessed and addressed where possible.

       

      Parents are requested to outline the details of a child's special educational needs on the Application Form.

       

      The Board of Management,having gathered all relevant information and professional documentation, assesses how the needs of these students can be met.

       

      Contact will be made with the National Council for Special Educational Needs regarding special needs resources to which the student may be entitled.

       

      The Principal may request a meeting with the parents of the student to discuss the application and the student's needs.

       

      The parents of the student may request a meeting with the Principal to discuss the students educational or other needs.

       

      N.B. It may take some time for the Department of Education and Science to process such applications. Parents are strongly advised to inform the College as early as possible and discuss their particular situation well in advance of making application.

       

      As soon as is practicable, but not later than 21 days, after a parent/guardian has provided all the relevant information, the Board of Management shall make a decision in respect of the application concerned and inform the parents/guardians in writing thereof. (Education Welfare Act (Section 19 (3)).

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      NOTE

       

    3. - Registration does not guarantee a place.

       

      - As places are not allocated on a first come - first served basis, the date of registration is not a consideration but students must have registered by 31st August in the year prior to their scheduled year of entry. .

       

      - Registrations are facilitated by the School Office either by Emailing or posting out of Registration Form.

      Forms available from school office, on the school website or by request via Email to admin@mountmercy.ie or secretary@mountmercy.ie

       

      - Student numbers for any given year are finalised in October/November in the preceding year of entry.

       

      -Applicants are informed in writing,(usually in Nov/December in the year prior to their year of entry) as to the position regarding place availability.

       

      • • Where applicants are unsuccessful in gaining a place they are offered the opportunity to remain on a numbered cancellation list as outlined in in Category 7.

       

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    4. Transfer Of Students Policy

       

      1. Applications to transfer to Mount Mercy College are processed in accordance with Our Initial Admissions Policy.

         

      2. All applications to transfer must include copies of previous school reports and a reference from the Principal.

         

      3. The Principal will consider an application to transfer to Mount Mercy College subject to availability of places in class groups and subject options.

         

      4. If a place becomes available, it will be offered subject to the usual admission conditions at First Year level but in addition Transfer Students will be required to give an undertaking of full co-operation with Mount Mercy College School regulations.