Enrolment and Admission policy of Templemichael College/Longford College of Further Education
Enrolment and Admission policy of Templemichael College/Longford College of Further Education, Templemichael, Longford being a recognised school under the administration of Longford Westmeath Education Training Board.
The board of management of Templemichael College/ Longford College of Further Education is publishing this document as the official Enrolment and Admission Policy for students of this school/College as required by section 15-(2) (d) of the Education Act 1998. Longford Westmeath ETB, as patron of the school, has approved this publication. A copy of this policy will be supplied to each applicant.
Mission statement for Templemichael College/
Longford College of Further Education
Templemichael College/LCFE in partnership with parents/guardians and the wider community, seeks to promote the moral, spiritual, social and personal development of students.
The school/College aims to provide an organised and focused environment leading to the personal development of the individual within society and the promotion of the unique talents of each and every student in our care, unlocking potential and creating opportunities.
The school/college aims to provide education to students which is appropriate to their abilities and needs.
The school is a coeducational, multi-denominational, multi-racial and equal opportunities facility, under the patronage of Longford Westmeath Education Training Board.
Part A: Information about Templemichael College/Longford College of Further Education.
Name: Templemichael College
Phone No. (043)3345455 Fax. No. (043) 3345497
Templemichael College/ Longford College of Further Education is a school under the administration and patronage of Longford Westmeath Education Training Board.
Board of Management:
The board consists of representatives of Longford Westmeath Education Training Board, parents and teachers. Decisions of the Board of Management are subject to ratification by the Patron.
Templemichael College is a Co-Educational second level school and Longford College of Further Education is a College of Further Education.
Second Level in Templemichael College students study a wide range of subjects at higher, ordinary and foundation levels. The Junior Certificate Examination is taken after three years and the Leaving Certificate Examination after five years. Subjects offered may vary depending on facilities available, teacher allocation and student demand.
Junior Cert. Curriculum
Mathematics Technical Graphics
History Wood Technology
Geography Home Economics
French Business Studies
Leaving Cert. Curriculum
English Technical Drawing
Mathematics Construction Studies
Home Economics Biology
Senior Cycle students do additional modules for the Leaving Cert. Vocational Programme. The LCVP is certified by the Department of Education & Skills and provides extra points for C.A.O. purposes.
Students are prepared for entry to all Universities and Third Level Colleges, for apprenticeships and Post Leaving Cert. Courses.
Longford College of Further Education offers a wide variety of Post Leaving Certificate Courses which are subject to change from year to year depending on demand.
Applications are welcome from school leavers, mature students, Applied Leaving Certs. Students deferring places and those wishing to re-train. Prospective students may be required to attend suitability assessment and interviews depending on the course applied for.
Courses in Beauty Therapy are certified by either FETAC Level 5 Award or CIBTAC/ITEC.
Courses in hairdressing are certified by either FETAC Level 5 Award or ITEC and junior and senior trade certificate from the Department of Education & Skills. All other courses are awarded a QQI level 5 or level 6 after completing and passing 8 modules.
9.00 a.m. – 3.50 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
9.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m. Friday only.
Lunch times are from 1.15pm – 1.50 p.m.
Templemichael College/Longford College of Further Education operates within the DES rules and regulations and is funded by DES and Longford Westmeath Education Training Board for grants and teacher resources.
Pursuant to Sections 12 and 30 of the 1998 Act, which may be changed from time to time, subject to the directions of the Minister.
A Brief History of Templemichael College
Like most towns across Ireland, Vocational Education came to Longford in the early 1930’s. Mr. Dick Bisset and Mr. Michael O’Finn set up school in what is now Gearty’s Solicitors, Church Street. The school then moved to a purpose built school on the Battery Road, which is now the sub Office of Longford Westmeath Education Training Board.
The structure which is now Templemichael College commenced building in 1975 and the school was officially opened in 1983. Mr Paddy Bunce was the principal at the time of relocation. It was an exciting time in education, with the Leaving and Intermediate Certificate Examinations having been recently extended to the vocational sector.
The 1990’s saw many changes. Adult education had been a feature of school life for many years, with full-time secretarial, hairdressing and apprenticeship courses.
Mrs. Ann Heffron succeeded Mr. Paddy Bunce as principal in 1992. In 1993 the PLC Course in Computer Aided Draughting & Design was introduced and with the help and goodwill of the staff.
Ms. Sorcha Nic Dhonnacha succeeded Mrs. Ann Heffron as Principal in September 2010. Templemichael College extended its Further Education Courses and has established Longford College of Further Education to deal with the expansion of the PLC sector. It is governed by the same board of management and management team.
Today, Templemichael College enjoys a very high profile in the local community providing Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. courses for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age from Longford town and the wider catchment area.
Part B. Admission to the School/College
General policy on admission of students to Templemichael College:
The board of management of Templemichael College welcomes all eligible students who apply for admission. The board is aware, in regard to admissions, of the principles and requirements of a democratic society and will both respect and promote respect for diversity in society as regards values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life. In particular the board is aware of its obligations under relevant equality legislation. The board, as required by law, will have regard to the efficient use of resources, and will have regard to all these considerations in managing the admission of students and afterwards in operating the school. The board is fully aware of its obligations to provide for maximum accessibility of students to the school and to promote the right of parents to send their child to the school of their choice. The Board of Management also has a legal duty to Longford Westmeath Education Training Board as the School’s patron to uphold the characteristic spirit of the School as a multi denominational school.
It is the aim of the school to enable students to participate as fully as possible in all school programmes, both curricular and extra-curricular, and will have procedures in place aimed at facilitating the involvement of students in the operation of the school, having regard to their age and experience. As a means of progressing this involvement, the board has drawn up rules to enable the students to establish a student council and will assist the students as far as is reasonable and as required by law in setting up and operating the council. In the case of students with disabilities, their participation in certain school activities may have to be restricted in order to ensure their safety and that of other students; however the general aim will be to enable all students, including those with disabilities, to participate as fully as possible in the life of the school, consistent with maintaining the safety, health and welfare of all members of the school community.
Enrolment and Admission by students with disabilities or other special educational needs:
Students with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to enrol in the school and participate in all programmes on offer to the extent that their doing so is consistent with their own safety and that of other students, and the school will, in so far as resources permit, provide special assistance and facilities to enable them to participate in the life of the school, unless to do so would expose them or others to unacceptable degree of risk, would be excessively disruptive of any programme or activity or give rise to excessive costs that the school could not reasonably to expected to bear.
Policy on suspension and expulsion:
The board is required by law to maintain reasonable order and safety throughout the School and on all school activities, and discharges this duty through the school staff, mainly the Principal and teachers. In addition, good order is necessary to enable teaching and learning to take place in the School. The maintenance of safety and good order requires the drafting and implementation of a code of behaviour (which is itself required by law) in which it is a requirement to set out the means by which the school staff will deal with behaviour that is considered unacceptable; these procedures are to be found in the School’s code of behaviour. The two most serious sanctions available to the school are suspension and expulsion.
Expulsion is seen as a last resort, and will normally only be resorted to when all other sanctions have been exhausted and the student and parents/guardians have been made aware, by notice in writing, that expulsion is being contemplated by the board and invited to make their case on behalf of their child. (In the case of students over the age of eighteen, these students may, if they so choose, make their own case, or may be accompanied by their parents.) In every case the expulsion will be preceded by a suspension from school activities to enable this exchange of views to take place. (Should an expulsion ultimately be imposed, information will be provided on how to appeal this decision, initially to the Longford Westmeath Education Training Board and afterwards if necessary to the Department of Education and Skills.
Suspensions will be availed of either after all of the minor sanctions have been exhausted, or as a response to a single act of gross misconduct that any lesser sanction would be inappropriate in the circumstances; in this case, the suspension will be imposed without prior warning. Suspensions may be from attendance at school and all school activities, or may be more limited in scope and effect. The Principal is empowered to impose a suspension, and will inform the board as appropriate.
An application form must be completed as part of the application process with the following;
* An original birth certificate,
*Two passport photos,
*PPS number which is absolutely essential,
*medical card if relevant,
*any relevant information in relation to health,
*psychological reports if any
*specific information on special needs must be supplied.
Closing date for enrolment is the 1st of May each year.
No applications will be considered after this date.
Every effort is made to ensure all students applying for a place in Templemichael College is successful. However, in the case of refusal, there is a statutory right of appeal to the Longford Westmeath Education Training Board in the first instance and ultimately to the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills under section 29 of the 1998 Act. Copies of the Section 29 Application Form are available on the school website.
The process is as follows;
The appeal must be made within 42 calendar days. Since the school is an Education and Training Board (ETB, ex-VEC) school, the appeal must be made to the local ETB first. If this appeal is unsuccessful the parent can then make a Section 29 appeal to the DES.
The appeal must be made in writing on the official ‘Section 29 Appeals Application Form’. A parent can provide additional relevant information such as refusal to enrol letter, etc.
When an appeal application is made, the DES may ask if the issue can be resolved informally. If the issue cannot be resolved informally an appeal should be concluded within 30 days of the DES receiving notice.
Under (section 9 (a) of the 1998 Act) it is necessary to identify the educational needs of all students and an assessment test is used to do this. Admission to the school is not contingent on ‘passing’ this test as it is not an admission test. Its only purpose is to enable the school to plan for the education of the students.
Even with the best will in the world, it may not be possible to accommodate a student whose needs are so special that the school cannot meet them. Learning disability is now sub-divided into four categories (it used to be three): mild, moderate, severe and profound, and it is only feasible to accommodate those in the mild and moderate categories in a mainstream school.
Accordingly following an assessment the school may be forced to decline to accept a student whose intellectual disabilities are so severe that the school would be unable to fulfil its statutory obligation to deliver an appropriate education (as per section 9 of the 1998 Act) to such a student.
Transfers from other second level schools:
An application to transfer from an existing Second Level School must be accompanied by all relevant information including:
* Completed transfer application form,
* Attendance record,
* Educational progress inclusive of subjects covered,
* Recent School Reports,
* Report on behavior,
* Special educational needs,
* Permission to contact the previous Principal in relation to behaviour
* And birth certificate.
An application will not be considered until all of the above is received.
In arriving at a decision, account will be taken of the transferee’s previous school record (written), school reports and parents are required to authorise same pending a final decision being made.
The Application will then be considered and enrolment will be offered according to the following criteria:
- Schools Admission Policy.
- Reason for Transfer.
- Ability to match subject choice.
- Available space.
The parents will receive written notification of the decision within 21 days of application (per section 18-(3) of the Welfare Act .(except in the case of the summer holidays where the school management will not be available to deal with such issues from the 24th of June until the 5th of August)
The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for admission of a student from other second level schools. Mid-cycle transfers are discouraged in the interest of the student’s education especially in 3rd year and 6th year as the school cannot guarantee that the student will have covered the required syllabus within a short timeframe and it hasn’t got the extra resources to allocate same.
Statement on Data Protection (Persons under 18 years)
The parents/guardians of ________________________hereby authorise the management and staff of Templemichael College to use the information provided on this application for all bona fide school purposes. In return, the School undertakes that personal information on students will not be disclosed to anyone other than relevant school staff, Board of Management, the Longford Westmeath Education Training Board or staff of the Department of Education and Skills or its agencies without first consulting the parents.
Eenrolment and Admission policy for Longford College of further Education
Leaving Certificate and Leaving Cert Applied students are eligible. Students without educational qualifications but with relevant experience/interest in an area will be considered. A copy of results will be required on enrolment, Interviews are held to determine eligibility. Mature students and students presenting alternative qualifications are welcome.
PLC students wishing to enrol in Longford College of Further Education must complete an online Application Form. Code of Behaviour must be read and accepted by all students wishing to enrol. Acceptance will be based on interview to determine suitability for the course. In the event of excess applications, places will be allocated on the basis of a waiting list.
All applicants are expected to have reached minimum standards of The National Standards of Qualifications (NFQ) at Level 5 before enrolling for a PLC course. A lot wouldn’t have minimum standards.
In order to progress from Level 5 to a Level 6 programme all applicants must provide evidence of their Level 5 qualifications. Applicants who wish to have exemptions considered must provide original copies of certificates at interview.
The College welcomes applications from qualified international applicants. International (non-EU) students must comply with Irish immigration requirements and must present an Immigration Certificate of Registration / GNIB Card in order to register.
Non-EU students will be required to pay a more substantial fee (known as the economic fee) than EU students for each year of their attendance at LCFE. The economic fee for the current year is €3654. In addition students will be required to pay the course fee for their chosen programme. For further details, please contact the College office.
A number of the colleges programmes especially in the area of Childcare and Community Work require students to undertake placements that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults in which they will assume positions of trust. Having regard to the protection of the public, the college is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes
All applicants are required to disclose any relevant conviction when applying to the college. If information relating to offences is not given or is given in incomplete form, then the college reserves the right at any stage (including after an offer of a place has been made, or after registration) to reject the application. Applicants also agree where required to submit to additional criminal record checks and submit to the ETB’s policy on Garda Vetting.
A relevant Criminal Conviction is:
Any conviction in Ireland or abroad for an offence against the person, whether of a violent or a sexual nature (whether or not a custodial sentence was imposed in respect of such conviction); or
(b) Any conviction in Ireland or abroad for an offence involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking (whether or not a custodial sentence was imposed in respect of such conviction).
Where an applicant has declared or disclosed a relevant conviction to the college, the applicant’s case will be considered initially by the college management and the relevant academic staff. If the applicant’s case is straightforward it may be decided at that stage that an offer will not be refused because of the relevant conviction.
The Board of Management wishes to state that it reserves the right to refuse an application for admission in exceptional circumstances. Such an exceptional case could arise when either:
- The student has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills/HEA, the college cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education.
- In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to college property.
Right of Appeal
Parents and students over 18 years of age have the right to appeal a refusal by a school to enrol a student under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 as restated in Circular Letter M48/01 of the Department of Education & Skills.
Longford College of Further Education welcomes students with Special Educational Needs to enrol on courses. A dedicated member of staff attends to the needs of students enrolling and entitled to learning support. The guidelines for accessing support within the college are laid down by the Higher Education Authority and students may access supports by fulfilling the criteria set out. Students may attend a learning support class and may also be entitled to services and supports deemed suitable by Longford College of Further Education.
An excellent communication network exists on the teaching staff whereby teachers are alerted to the specific needs of individual students. Students are advised to discuss needs with their co-ordinator and to furnish the college with the relevant documentation on enrolment
Students must inform the College of health issues, including pregnancy which may impinge on work experience and course participation.
Signed by Chairperson: Mr Seamus Butler. Date: 18/10/2017