As an integrated primary school, a key purpose of the school is to educate together children of different religious traditions.
RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL IN RELATION TO ADMISSIONS
In applying the admissions criteria, the Board of Governors will strive to ensure a balance of 40% Catholic, 40% Protestant and 20% other faiths or none. In the event of oversubscription applications will be considered in relation to the above categories, (should no schools information form be received the child will be placed in the ‘other’ category).
In the case of the school being oversubscribed the admissions criteria stated below will be applied by the Principal. In the event of dispute or appeal the Principal will consult with the Board of Governors.
When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admissions criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.
Open Day will be held on Saturday 18th November 2017 from 1.00pm – 3.00pm.
Admissions criteria to be used in the event of the school being oversubscribed. The criteria are listed in order of priority.
- Pupils should be of compulsory school age.
- Pupils should have Mallusk Integrated Primary School as the nearest Integrated Primary School to their home address.
- Pupils should have (or have had) brothers or sisters, in the first instance, or have had mothers or fathers attending the school.
DUTY TO VERIFY
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form. If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place. Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.
WAITING LIST POLICY
Should a vacancy arise after placement letters have been issued, all applications for admission to Primary 1 that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied. This waiting list will be in place until the end of the academic year. The school will contact parents in writing if a child gains a place in the school by this method. A child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Parents should contact the school if they wish for their child to be removed from the list.
ADMISSION TO P2 – P7
Pupils will be admitted to P2-P7 provided their admission does not lead to the enrolment number being exceeded, unless to do so would prejudice the efficient use of resources. The same admissions criteria will be applied as for admission to P1.
Application forms are available from school or from the education authority website from Wednesday 29th November 2017. To download an application form, go TO www.eani.org.uk and click on ‘I want to’ and then click on ‘Apply for a school place’.
Forms should be returned to the first preference school by Wednesday 10th January 2017 no later than 12 noon.
At Mallusk Integrated Primary School we maintain that learning should be active, rewarding, meaningful, exciting and accessible. We believe in child-centred teaching and learning and believe in working closely with parents and pupils to ensure all our children reach their potential regardless of gender, religious, social, ethnic, linguistic and educational background.
We do this by providing a broad and balanced education in line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, which promotes the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, physical, cultural and aesthetic development of the individual child. The main Curriculum areas are: Language & Literacy, Maths & Numeracy, The World Around Us, The Arts, Personal Development and Mutual Understanding and Physical Education.
Through our thematic approach, we aim to connect all the areas of learning to enhance each child’s learning experience. Our activities reflect the diversity in the school community and enhance the children’s knowledge, skills and personal capabilities.
Teachers plan carefully for all areas of the curriculum, using the most suitable learning and teaching methods to ensure children are learning at a level suitable for them. The teaching strategies used will include practical teacher demonstration, individual, paired, group (with and without classroom assistants), peer and class teaching. These teaching strategies will match the level of understanding of the pupil, the age and ability of the pupil and the nature of the topic. All areas of the Curriculum support the teaching of Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities- Thinking, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Self-Management, Working with Others, Managing Information and Being Creative.
We are committed to providing a stimulating, caring and safe environment for our children alongside a range of exciting, supportive and challenging teaching and learning experiences.
We believe in encouraging our children to try their best, take a pride in their work, to recognise the importance of high standards of presentation and behaviour and to respect and accept everyone in our school community. We encourage good self-esteem, mutual understanding, respect and acceptance.
We believe that our school community can be a model for society, where acceptance and diversity go hand in hand, so we actively promote equality, respect, understanding and social responsibility in all we do, in keeping with the Core Principles of Integration.