Admissions

Introduction

The Board of Management of Malahide Community School has formulated its Admission Policy as required by the relevant legislation of the Education Act, 1998 and the Education and Welfare Act, 2000.  This policy was revised in September, 2018.

Mission Statement

Malahide Community School is a recognised co-educational, inclusive, non-selective school that welcomes pupils of all religious denominations and none.  The school is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and is provided with staff in accordance with the teacher allocation system of the Department of Education and Skills.

The school seeks to provide a climate in which students find encouragement to develop spiritual and moral values, personal and social skills, and the highest standards of excellence of which they are capable, both academically, and in all other aspects of their school activities.  We recognise the complementary roles of parents/guardians and teachers in educating the young and, in partnership, we pursue the common aim of educating our students according to Christian principles.

Students should find in our school an environment that promotes all types of abilities talents and diversity.  They should also find and develop the opportunities to make a positive contribution to their own education through their involvement and support for responsible and democratic processes and systems such as the Prefect system and the Student Council.

The diversity of our school curriculum should enable students to develop the skills necessary for satisfying personal, social and working life, enabling them to become responsible and adaptable adults.  Teachers, Students and Parents have rights and responsibilities and it is integral to the ethos of the school as a caring community that mutual respect and tolerance should characterise all relationships in our school.  

As a community school, we have a special responsibility to facilitate continuing education and leisure activities for the local community.  

We believe in the benefits of a well-ordered and structured school environment which facilitates and encourages learning.


Catchment Area

The Deed of Trust for Community Schools places particular emphasis on the provision for children “in the locality”.   With that in mind, pupils from the Malahide area, as specified in the map of our catchment area, are catered for as a priority, with applications from neighbouring areas being considered on the basis of the places we have available.  

Consequently, we require accurate information from parents/guardians as to the location of their principal private residence at the time of application.  False or misleading information will invalidate an application.  

A map of the catchment area is available on the school’s website www.malahidecs.ie and also at the school’s office.


Special Education Needs (SEN)

Malahide Community School is committed, within its limited resources, to do all that is reasonable to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities or special needs.   We strive to facilitate a smooth transfer from Primary to Post-Primary education and to provide supports for these students throughout their time in Malahide Community School.

The school is committed to helping all students reach their full potential.  Support teachers work closely with Parent(s)/Guardian(s), other teachers, Year Heads, Management, Career Guidance, Chaplain and outside agencies

However, there are exemptions from the general principles of discrimination under the Equal Status Act to the extent that compliance with any of its provisions in relation to a student with a disability would, by virtue of the disability, make it impossible, or have a detrimental effect on, the provision by an educational establishment of its services to other students.

We are also committed to the principle of promoting equality and prohibit any forms of discrimination or harassment.


Code of Behaviour 

Parents/Guardians who accept a place in Malahide Community School must familiarise themselves with this Admissions Policy and Admissions Criteria and the school’s Code of Behaviour.  Parents/Guardians must sign that they have read our Code of Behaviour and support the school in its implementation. The Code of Behaviour can be found on the school website www.malahidecs.ie.  A copy will be sent to all parents/guardians when a place is being offered. 


Enrolment procedure of First Year Students

Acceptance / NON- Acceptance Form