This policy is framed within the context of the Will of Andrew Wilson, the School’s Founding documents, and the established ethos of the School which has evolved and developed through two and a half centuries of serving the Church of Ireland community.
Recognising the unique heritage of the school, and the desirability to continue to maintain and develop it, there is an obligation to provide places for Church of Ireland children. Therefore, it is our policy, whilst bearing in mind a role within the wider community, that up to 35 Boarder First Year places will be reserved firstly for members of the Church of Ireland.
Mindful that the “Deed of Trust” established Wilson’s Hospital School as a boarding school, and desiring to maintain this ethos, 300 admission places out of a total school capacity of 450, are reserved for those who demonstrate a continuing commitment to residence, subject to restrictions on availability of gender-suitable accommodation, and in the context of accepting admissions to fill all available boarding spaces whenever possible.
The School reserves the right to refuse enrolment in special circumstances. While the School will make every effort to cater for all children, such circumstances may include where the child’s needs could not be adequately catered for in a boarding school context. Subject to the foregoing, preference will be given to applicants in the following order of priority: i.e, in order of reducing priority from the first to the sixth criteria:
ORDER OF CRITERIA OF ADMISSIONS
First to children who are Members of the Protestant Community as detailed in Appendix 1.
Second to boarders who do not fall into the above category.
Third to children siblings, as detailed in Appendix 11.
Fourth to children of past pupils.
Fifth to children one of whose parents/guardians is an employee of the school.
Sixth to day pupils who reside within 8 kilometres of the School.
Where two or more applicants are equally entitled on any one of the criteria, preference will be given to the applicant(s) who complies with the next criterion.
In the event of applicants having equal entitlement to enrolment, and where such applications exceed the number of places available, a process which will give each candidate an equal chance of selection will be applied.
The operation of criteria 3, 4, and 5 will be in such manner to ensure compliance with relevant equality legislation.
Notwithstanding the above order of preference, the Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for enrolment in exceptional circumstances.
Enrolment other than at the commencement of the academic year in Form 1 may be possible, subject to conditions, including the availability of space, gender suitable accommodation where relevant, having had experience of learning in a school within the Irish education system for entry to vacancies arising in State Examination years, being Form 3 and Form 6, verification as required concerning non-use of illegal substances, or tobacco, subject choice, and timing with the school year programme.
Parents/Guardians have the right to appeal a refusal by a school to enrol a student to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
CHILDREN OF THE PROTESTANT COMMUNITY
The following order of admission will apply under the First Criteria:
a) To children who are baptised and Members of the Church of Ireland
b) To children, whose parents/guardians are (or were at the time of death) Members of the Church of Ireland
c) To children, who are Members of the following Religious Communities who sponsor other Reformed Tradition schools: Presbyterian, Methodist, Society of Friends.
d) To children who are Members of other Mainstream Christian Traditions, which are Members of the Irish Council of Churches.
e) To children who are members of other Reformed Traditions
f) To children, one of whose parents/guardians is (or was at the time of death) a Member of the Church of Ireland.
g) To children, one of whose parents/guardians is (or was at the time of death) a Member of the following Religious Communities who sponsor other Reformed Tradition schools: Presbyterian, Methodist, Society of Friends.
h) To children, one of whose parents/guardians is (or was at the time of death) a Member of other Mainstream Christian Traditions who are Members of the Irish Council of Churches.
i) To children, one of whose parents/guardians is (or was at the time of death) a Member of other Reformed Traditions.
The following order of admission will apply under the third criteria:
a) To siblings of existing pupils
b) To siblings of pupils already enrolled but not yet attending the School
c) To siblings of Past Pupils