Changes at Bray School Project

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

PEO­PLE WHO ex­pected a place for their child in Bray School Project for Ju­nior In­fants 2017 may be dis­ap­pointed.

The board of man­age­ment of the school voted in favour of a new en­rol­ment pol­icy at their AGM last Wed­nes­day.

‘ This has been done in the best in­ter­ests of the school and its com­mu­nity and best re­flects the ethos of child-cen­tred­ness and equal­ity of ac­cess,’ said the board in a state­ment. In­ter­ested par­ents and guardians of in­com­ing Ju­nior In­fants from 2017 will need to ap­ply on­line in Oto­ber, re­gard­less if they have al­ready sub­mit­ted a form.

Bray School Project NS is a sin­gle-stream school and the only non-faith based school in the Bray area. The school ex­pe­ri­ences high lev­els of over-sub­scrip­tion ev­ery year and there­fore is not in a po­si­tion to of­fer a place to all ap­pli­cants.

A spokesman ex­plained yes­ter­day that there are over 250 ap­pli­cants for a class of 30 places.

The new pol­icy will in­tro­duce a pref­er­ence for sib­lings and older chil­dren; the in­tro­duc­tion of a new min­i­mum age; the re­moval of first-come­first-served en­rol­ment based on date of ap­pli­ca­tion; the in­tro­duc­tion of an en­rol­ment pe­riod in the Oc­to­ber the year be­fore start­ing.

All cur­rent wait­ing lists for en­try in Ju­nior In­fants in 2017 or later will no longer op­er­ate and par­ents will need to re-ap­ply in the rel­e­vant Oc­to­ber en­rol­ment pe­riod, en­try for 2016 will be un­af­fected.

For ev­ery year in which there are chil­dren al­ready pre-en­rolled for Ju­nior In­fants, a re­minder will be sent to rel­e­vant fam­i­lies about the new pol­icy, and that they should ap­ply dur­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate Oc­to­ber en­rol­ment pe­riod.

Bray School Project.

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