The registration process: (extract from the enrolment policy)
Registration forms can be obtained from the School’s Administration Office and must be returned there, in person, by parents/guardians.
Parents or guardians who wish to have their child(ren) considered for admission to the school as a first year student must complete a registration form on or before the closing date for applications.
The registration process will begin and registration forms will be made available on the first Monday after the Summer holidays when prospective students are in 6th class in Primary school.
The closing date for applications will coincide with the subsequent School Open Day and will be advertised in the local community.
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered unless places remain unfilled following the offer of places to valid applicants. (Valid applicants are those whose application is received on or before the closing date). Late applicants may request to be added to the waiting list for consideration in these circumstances.
Registration Forms may be obtained from the School Secretary, during office hours, over the enrolment period. Registration forms must be returned to the school office only by the parents/guardians of the applicant. Forms will be countersigned by the office staff and the parents/guardians, dated and timed. Receipt of the form will also be logged in the school office. The applicant (parent/guardian) will receive a carbon copy of the form which must be retained as proof of registration. In the event of any query, applicants will be required to produce the carbon copy.
For more information relevant to new 1st years, please see the ‘Transition into 1st year‘ page under the Parents tab…...
- Application to transfer from other Second level schools
5.1 An application for transfer is defined as one from a student who is currently or has been previously enrolled in another school in or out of the Tralee area, or from a student who makes an application after the start of the school year.
5.2 Where a student wishes to transfer from another second level school, an application must be made using the correct application form to the Principal. This form must be handed in person to the principal or Deputy and signed on submission.
The reason for the requested transfer must be clearly stated. The application should be accompanied by appropriate references to include (a) an academic progress report (b) a behaviour report and (c) a reference from the Principal of the previous school as per section 20 of the Education Welfare Act. The school reserves the right to consult with the school(s) from which the student is transferring in order to request a confidential reference, thereby to assess the application.
5.3 In deciding on applications the following sequence will be followed.
5.3.1. Priority will be given to applications from students who are from outside the Tralee catchment area and are changing domicile into the Tralee catchment area and who do not have a second level educational place within the Tralee catchment area at the time of the change of domicile.
5.3.2. Special consideration is given to students with siblings already in the school subject to the criteria outlined in 5.3.3. and 5.5 below.
5.3.3. Next, consideration will be given to applications for transfer by students from other schools within the Tralee catchment. Applications from students in this category will be processed for the start of a new school year only.
5.4 The allocation of a transfer place shall not cause the overall number of students in the school to exceed the overall number submitted to the DES at the time of application.
Should the overall number in the school (current or projected – in the case of applications for the next school year) be below the submitted number, transfers can then be considered based on the sequence outlined above. In each case a transfers can only be accommodated subject to a place in the relevant year group or class being available. Reference will also be made to availability and suitability of subjects or course choices.
5.5 All applications in either category above will be subject to the following criteria:
- The application will be considered if the school is satisfied with the reason for transfer.
- The application will be considered on the basis of the references received. Where it is established that a student’s behaviour is unacceptable in their previous school/schools, the Principal may decide not to accept such a student in the general Health and Safety and/or educational interest of the school community.
- The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any pupil in cases as outlined below in section 8 of this policy.
A decision on the application will be made in accordance with this policy and will be communicated to the parent/guardian within 21 days of the receipt of the written application. Any refusal of an application may be appealed in accordance with procedures in section 10 below.
A list for admission to higher years will be established from the first Monday of September each year and remain in place until the end of August the following year.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 20 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, where the Principal registers a student who is already registered in another recognised school, he/she is obliged to give written notification of the transfer to the Principal of the school in which the student was previously registered and the Principal of that other school must notify the Principal of any problems relating to school attendance that the student concerned had while attending the other school and such other matters relating to the student’s educational progress as he or she considers appropriate.
Students who opt to transfer to another 2nd level school will have no automatic right of re-entry should they change their mind and indicate a wish to return to Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk. However priority will be given to such students who are returning from outside the catchment area in accordance with 5.3.1. above.