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Our current policy is to admit into the Year 1 classes on the first day of the Autumn term, those children who have reached compulsory school age, i.e. those children whose fourth birthday falls on or before 1st July 2016.

The admission arrangements as set out in the Education Authority Western Region (EAWR) booklet on Primary Education will be used. Booklets and application forms are available from the school or EAWR offices. Please see below for a link to EAWR.

Admission Criteria – Year 1

The Board of Governors, has determined that the following Admissions Criteria will be applied by them in the order set down, to children of compulsory school age only. In the event of over-subscription, priority will be given, in the application of each criterion to pupils, regarded by the Board of Governors, on the basis of supporting evidence from parents/guardians and/or Statutory agencies, as having special circumstances, (i.e. educational, medical, social or security). Children normally resident in Northern Ireland at the time of admission will be selected for admission before any child not resident in Northern Ireland.

1. Children whose normal place of residence is within the traditional intake areas of St. Mary’s parish and of Bligh’s Lane.

2. Children who have brothers/sisters, half-brothers/half-sisters presently attending St. John’s P.S.

3. Children whose brothers/sisters, half-brothers/half-sisters are past pupils of St. John’s P.S.

4. Children who are the eldest child.

5. Children who are ‘Looked after children’.

6. All other children who apply.

In the event of over-subscription in any one of the above criteria taken in order, final selection will be on rank order of age (oldest first). In the event of two or more children having the same date of birth, selection will then be on the basis of closest to the school measured by the shortest walking distance.

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure that all relevant information is given to the school to enable Governors to apply the criteria. The Board of Governors has delegated to an Admissions Sub-committee the task of selecting pupils for admission. The Sub-committee consists of the Principal and three other Governors.

Year 1 Admissions after the Beginning of the School Year

The above criteria will apply if the number of late applications is greater than the number of places available.

Admissions Criteria – Years 2-7

A pupil will be considered for enrolment provided that:

1. The school will not exceed its enrolment number as determined by the Department of Education

2. This will not compromise the maximum class size recommended by the Department of Education

3. In the opinion of the Board of Governors this would not prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources in the school

4. Having considered the needs of the pupil seeking entry to the school, the Board of Governors considers it is in the best interest of the pupil and of the school to transfer.