Admission Policy
Admission Policy of Bishop Murphy Memorial School
School Address:
McCurtain St, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Roll number:
16683U
School Patron:
Bishop William Crean

1. Introduction
This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the
Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this
policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school
patron and with parents of children attending the school.
The policy was approved by the school patron on [ date ]. It is published on the school’s
website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.
The relevant dates and timelines for Bishop Murphy Memorial School’s admission process
are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the
school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for
the school year concerned.
This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year
concerned.
The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made
available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.
Bishop Murphy Memorial School reserves the right to refuse admission where a Section 29
Appeal has been invoked in another school and is in progress.

2. Characteristic spirit and general objectives of the school
Bishop Murphy Memorial School is a Catholic all boys primary school with a Catholic ethos
under the patronage of the Bishop of Cloyne.
“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic
spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:

(a) the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including
the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and
(b) a living relationship with God and with other people; and
(c) a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of
Jesus; and
(d) the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith,
and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the
doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or
characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish
Episcopal Conference.
In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of
Bishop Murphy Memorial School shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so
upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational,
moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are
characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.

Bishop Murphy Memorial School Mission Statement
Bishop Murphy Memorial School strives to provide a productive, caring, happy and secure
learning environment where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs
of our pupils are nurtured and developed. The staff of the school at all times endeavour to
realise the potential of the pupils in our care and strive to work together to optimise their
educational experience. Parents are welcome in our school as partners in the educational
process. In this regard, we strive to ensure that co-operation and communication between
school and home is maximised, as an essential element of this educational process.
Our Aims:
 To provide a ‘learning organisation’ where other religions are respected and catered
for in keeping with the Catholic ethos of the school
 To foster an acceptance of the dynamic multicultural transformation of today’s society
 To encourage caring, competence, equality, and responsible social and economic
development as the powerful forces for personal growth and advance
 To empower the pupils to reach their full potential academically, morally and spiritually
and thus graduate from the school as sharing, caring and responsible beings
Our Motto:
 Per ardua as astra
 Striving for excellence
 Ár ndícheall i gcónaí

3. Admission Statement
Bishop Murphy Memorial School will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the
school on any of the following:
(a) the gender ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student
concerned,
(b) the civil status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student
concerned,
(c) the family status ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student
concerned,
(d) the sexual orientation ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student
concerned,
(e) the religion ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student
concerned,
(f) the disability ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the student
concerned,
(g) the ground of race of the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned,
(h) the Traveller community ground of the student or the applicant in respect of the
student concerned, or
(i) the ground that the student or the applicant in respect of the student concerned has
special educational needs
As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’,
‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’,
‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance
with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.
Bishop Murphy Memorial School is an all-boys school and does not discriminate where it
refuses to admit a girl applying for admission to this school.
Bishop Murphy Memorial School is a school whose objective is to provide education in an
environment which promotes certain religious values and does not discriminate where it
refuses to admit as a student a person who is not Catholic and it is proved that the refusal
is essential to maintain the ethos of the school.
Bishop Murphy Memorial School is a school which has established a class, with the
approval of the Minister for Education and Skills, which provides an education exclusively for
students with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister and
may refuse to admit to the class a student who does not have the category of needs
specified.

4. Categories of Special Educational Needs catered for in the special class
Bishop Murphy Memorial School with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills,
has established two classes to provide an education exclusively for students with Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

5. Admission of Students
This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –
a) the school is oversubscribed (please see section 6 below for further details)
b) a parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section 23(4)
of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of
behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all
reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student
Bishop Murphy Memorial School provides education exclusively for boys and may refuse
to admit as a student a person who is not of the gender provided for by this school.
Bishop Murphy Memorial School is a Catholic school and may refuse to admit as a student
a person who is not of Catholic faith where it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain
the ethos of the school.
The special classes attached to Bishop Murphy Memorial School provides an education
exclusively for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the school may refuse
admission to this class, where the student concerned does not have the specified category
of special educational needs provided for in this class.

6. Oversubscription
In the event that the school is oversubscribed, the school will, when deciding on applications
for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those
applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the
school’s annual admission notice:

1. Applicants with siblings currently enrolled in the school (including stepsiblings,
resident at the same address), with priority to the eldest;
2. Siblings of past pupils, with priority to the eldest;
3. Children of staff members, with priority to the eldest;
4. Children residing in the parish, with priority to the eldest;
5. Children of former pupils, with priority to the eldest;
In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the
selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of
remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:
Priority to the eldest in accordance with the above criteria

7. What will not be considered or taken into account
In accordance with section 62(7) (e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take
into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a
student on a waiting list for admission to the school:
(a) a student’s prior attendance at a pre-school or pre-school service, including naíonraí,
other than in relation to a student’s prior attendance at—
(I) an early intervention class, or
(II) an early start pre-school, specified in a list published by the Minister from time to time;
(b) the payment of fees or contributions (howsoever described) to the school;
(c) a student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude;
other than in relation to:
– admission to a special class insofar as it is necessary in order to ascertain whether or
not the student has the category of special educational needs concerned
(d) the occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a student’s parents;
(e) a requirement that a student, or his or her parents, attend an interview, open day or other
meeting as a condition of admission;
(f) a student’s connection to the school by virtue of a member of his family attending or
having previously attended the school; other than,
(1) siblings of a student attending or having attended the school and/or
(2) parents of a student having attended the school.
In relation to (2) parents having attended, a school may only apply this criteria to a
maximum of 25% of the available spaces as set out in the school’s annual
admission notice.
(g) the date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school,
This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for
receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school
year concerned.
This is also subject to the school making offers based on existing waiting lists (up until 31st
January 2025 only).
8. Decisions on applications
All decisions on applications for admission to Bishop Murphy Memorial School will be based
on the following:
 Our school’s admission policy
 The school’s annual admission notice (where applicable)
 The information provided by the applicant in the school’s official application form
received during the period specified in our annual admission notice for receiving
applications

(Please see section 14 below in relation to applications received outside of the
admissions period and section 15 below in relation to applications for places in years
other than the intake group.)
Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to
make a decision on an application for a place in our school.

9. Notifying applicants of decisions

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline
outlined in the annual admissions notice.
If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a
place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of
the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the
waiting list for the school year concerned.
Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s
decision (see section 18 below for further details).

10. Acceptance of an offer of a place by an applicant
In accepting an offer of admission from Bishop Murphy Memorial School, you must
indicate—
(i) whether or not you have accepted an offer of admission for another school or schools. If
you have accepted such an offer, you must also provide details of the offer or offers
concerned and
(ii) whether or not you have applied for and awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission
from another school or schools, and if so, you must provide details of the other school or
schools concerned.

11. Circumstances in which offers may not be made or may be withdrawn

An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by Bishop Murphy Memorial
School where—
(i) it is established that information contained in the application is false or misleading.
(ii) an applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the
date set out in the annual admission notice of the school.
(iii) the parent of a student, when required by the principal in accordance with section
23(4) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, fails to confirm in writing that the code of
behaviour of the school is acceptable to him or her and that he or she shall make all
reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the student; or
(iv) an applicant has failed to comply with the requirements of ‘acceptance of an offer’
as set out in section 10 above.

12. Sharing of Data with other schools

Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act
2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the
efficient admission of students.

Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another board of management with a list
of the students in relation to whom—
(i) an application for admission to the school has been received,
(ii) an offer of admission to the school has been made, or
(iii) an offer of admission to the school has been accepted.
The list may include any or all of the following:
(i) the date on which an application for admission was received by the school;
(ii) the date on which an offer of admission was made by the school;
(iii) the date on which an offer of admission was accepted by an applicant;
(iv) a student’s personal details including his or her name, address, date of birth and
personal public service number (within the meaning of section 262 of the Social
Welfare Consolidation Act 2005).

13. Waiting list in the event of oversubscription
In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places
available, a waiting list of students whose applications for admission to Bishop Murphy
Memorial School were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled
and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought.
Placement on the waiting list of Bishop Murphy Memorial School is in the order of priority
assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in
accordance with this admission policy.
Applicants whose applications are received after the closing date, outlined in the Annual
Admission Notice, will be placed at the end of the waiting list in order of the date of receipt of
the application.
Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in
relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list,
in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on
the list.

14. Late Applications
All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual
admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s
admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made
under that Act.
Late applicants will be notified of the decision in respect of their application no later than
three weeks after the date on which the school received the application. Late applicants will
be offered a place if there is a place available. In the event that there is no place available,
the name of the applicant will be added to the waiting list as set out in Section 13.

15. Procedures for admission of students to other years and during the school
year
The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already
admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as
follows:
 Parents request an application form / form is available on website / by contacting
the school.
 Parents complete and submit application form by due date either as in Notice or
whatever timeline is agreed.
 School makes decisions on applications received.
 Parents notified within the timeframe – as per Annual Notice
School offers a place or
School places applicant on waiting list for the year concerned.
 Applicant accepts the place & accepts the Code of Behaviour (Section 11) or
Applicant refuses place.
 If refused, the applicant will be notified of their entitlement to appeal the decision
under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already
admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is
sought, are as follows:
 Parents request an application form / form is available on website / by contacting
the school.
 Parents complete and submit application form by due date either as in Notice or
whatever timeline is agreed.
 School makes decisions on applications received.
 Parents notified within the timeframe – within 3 weeks of receiving application.
School offers a place or
School places applicant on waiting list for the year concerned.
 If refused, the applicant will be notified of their entitlement to appeal the decision
under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

16. Declaration in relation to the non-charging of fees

The board of Bishop Murphy Memorial School or any persons acting on its behalf will not
charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-
(a) an application for admission of a student to the school, or
(b) the admission or continued enrolment of a student in the school.

17. Arrangements regarding students not attending religious instruction

The following are the school’s arrangements for students, where the parents have
requested that the student attend the school without attending religious instruction in the
school. These arrangements will not result in a reduction in the school day of such
students:
A written request should be made to the Principal of the school. A meeting will then be
arranged with the parent(s) or the student, as the case may be, to discuss how the
request may be accommodated by the school.

18. Reviews/appeals
Review of decisions by the board of Management
The parent of the student may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission.
Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.
The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements
applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under
section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the
Department of Education and Skills.
The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures
determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.
Note: Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being
oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of
management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being
oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of
management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
Right of appeal
Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student may appeal a
decision of this school to refuse admission.
An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (i) of the Education Act 1998 where the
refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.
An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1) (c) (ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the
refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the
applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to
making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by
the Board of Management)
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being
oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of
management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see
Review of decisions by the Board of Management)

Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by
an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.
The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements
applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under
section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the
Department of Education and Skills.

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management of Bishop Murphy Memorial School on
23rd April 2020.

Signed: V Rev. Brian Boyle. Chairperson, Board of Management