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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA - FOR FIRST FORM (YEAR 8) PUPILS  

Where 'physical capacity' as determined by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland has not been reached,

admission to St Joseph's College Coleraine, will not be refused to any pupil who fulfils the normal requirement of the

Department of Education and Library Board with respect to post-primary school education and who accept as appropriate

to their need the stated aims and objectives of the school.

In the eventuality of over-subscription to the school the following criteria will be applied in the order set down

1 to 6 below, by the Sub Committee, convened on behalf of the Board of Governors of St Joseph's College to select

pupils for Year 8 in September 2013..

In the event of over-subscription in any one of the criteria, taken in order, priority will be given to all children

resident in N. Ireland at the time of their proposed admission and for whom St Joseph’s College is the nearest

suitable school (measured as the crow flies).

 

1.       Pupils who reside within the historic catchment area of the school and are parishioners of one of the

          subscribing Parishes, namely: St John's, Coleraine; St Malachy's, Coleraine;

           St Patrick's, Portrush; Star of the Sea, Portstewart.

2.          Pupils for whom special circumstances apply, e.g. social services report, health, security reasons.

             The Board of Governors will determine the merits of individual cases having scrutinised appropriate

              documentation and supportive evidence.

3.         Pupils who have an older brother/sister or half-brother/half-sister presently

enrolled in the school or alternately are the eldest or only child in a family.

4.         Pupils not resident in the above parishes who have a brother/sister or half-brother/half-

            sister presently enrolled in the school or alternately are the eldest or only child in a

            family.

5.         Pupils whose parent/guardian is a permanent employee of the school or who has been

            appointed to take up imminent employment in the school..

6.         Pupils from other parishes.

CRITERIA FOR THE ADMISSION OF PUPILS TO ST JOSEPH'S COLLEGE, COLERAINE OTHER THAN

THOSE TRANSFERRING DIRECTLY FROM PRIMARY EDUCATION

(INCLUDING LATE TRANSFERS AFTERTHE BEGINNING OF YEAR 8):

Where 'physical capacity' as determined by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland has not been reached,

admission to St Joseph's College, Coleraine, will not normally be refused to any pupil, who accepts as appropriate to

his/her needs the stated aims and objectives of the school.

In the eventuality of over-subscription to the school the following criteria will be applied in the order set down

1 to 3 below, by the Sub Committee, convened on behalf of the Board of Governors of St Joseph's College to select pupils.

In the event of over-subscription in any one of the criteria, taken in order, priority will be given to all children resident

in N. Ireland at the time of their proposed admission and for whom St Joseph’s College is the nearest suitable school

(measured as the crow flies).

1.         The school has the resources to meet the demands of the admission of the additional applicant

2.         Pupils for whom special circumstances apply, e.g. social services report,

health, security reasons. The Board of Governors will determine the merits of

individual cases having scrutinised appropriate documentation and supportive evidence.

3.         Pupils who have an older brother/sister or half-brother/half-sister presently enrolled in

            the school or alternately are the eldest or only child in a family.

 

The Board of Governors will require the following written information, from both parents and current

and/or past school(s) to assist in making a determination regarding efficient use of the schools resources:

 

1. The nature of the reasons for requesting transfer

2. Records and details of academic ability and performance of the applicant

3. Records and details of any special educational needs of the applicant

4. Records and details of any additional educational support being made available to the applicant

5. Records and details of any behavioural difficulties of the applicant

6. Records and details of any additional strategies and resources employed to support the development of the applicant’s behaviour

7. Where relevant, records anddetails of the applicant’s suspensions and expulsions

8 .Where relevant, confirmation that DENI’s regulations regarding expulsion procedures have been complied with fully

9. In the event of expulsion, any reasons why the school felt unable to provide for education of the applicant

 

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO POST 16 COURSES AT ST.JOSEPH’S COLLEGE

All students will be considered for admission to Post 16 Courses on the basis that the following requirements are met:

1          Students should have gained levels of achievement in GCSE and/or other

recognised public examinations which indicate to the Principal and the Head

of Sixth Form Studies that he or she will benefit from the course requested. 

(Normally students will require four GCSEs grades A*-C OR SUITABLE First Diploma Coursefor admission to the Advanced vocational and traditional ‘A’ Level Courses. The Principal may require to consider the applicant's National Record

of Achievement and/or seek educational reports from the applicant's present/previous school in determining

the applicant's suitability.

2          Students should have identified a definite career target and satisfied

themselves and the school that the range and depth of the course is

appropriate to their requirements.  (The Principal will request the applicant

to obtain supportive advice from the Careers Service in circumstances where

the student is uncertain about career targets, or is overqualified for the

course for which application has been made).

3          All applicants will be required to undergo an interview to assess their suitability for the course for which they have applied.

Admission is open to all students but where the number of applicants exceed the number of available places,

preference will be given to those who meet the following Criteria.

(Listed in order of application).

1          Past pupils of St Joseph's College;

2          Past pupils from all schools within our traditional catchment area;

3          Pupils resident in N. Ireland at the time of application.

It should be noted that students who are enrolled on post 16 courses are expected to display a serious commitment to
work and a good record of attendance, discipline and punctuality
(all of which will form the basis of a contract between the school and the student).