An application to transfer is defined as one from a parent/guardian on behalf of a student who has previously enrolled in another school or from a student who makes application after the commencement of the autumn school term. In general, it is not the policy of the Board of Management to accept transfer applications from students previously enrolled in other post primary schools.
Applications from parents/guardians wishing to transfer into the school should be accompanied by a letter setting out clearly the reason(s) for the application and the following documentation:
- (i) Completed enrolment form
- (ii) The two most recent academic reports from the students previous school along with a written reference/report from the Principal of the previous school
- (iii) A statement on special needs, if relevant
Gort Community School Management reserves the right to contact the current or previous schools of the applicant.
Having due regard to the statutory and constitutional rights of parents and their children, the Board of Management reserves the right to refuse any application in particular circumstances, which might include but is not exclusively confined to the following:
- (i) An established prior record of poor behaviour from previous schools
- (ii) Lack of adequate resources to cater for particular needs of the student
- (iii) Insufficient education attainment to participate in a particular course
Applications to transfer into the school will be considered having regard to the overall wellbeing of existing students and the availability of physical space and resources. Following consideration by the School Authorities of individual applications to transfer into the school, where the authorities have good grounds for forming the fair and reasonable opinion that it would not be in the best interests of the existing students and/or the applicant to accept such a transfer, it is the policy of the school to refuse to enrol such applicants.
Applications will not be accepted from the parents/guardians of students who are the subject of ongoing disciplinary proceedings in another school which includes any ongoing statutory procedures in accordance with the Education act 1998 or the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.
In general, it is the policy of the School Authorities not to accept transfers during the school year. However, in the case of students whose family have moved into the area and who are not enrolled in another post primary school, applications will be considered.
All transfer applicants must be interviewed by the School Authorities.
Right of Appeal
An applicant who is refused enrolment has a right to appeal against the decision of the School Authorities of Gort Community School to the Chairperson of the Board of Management. Such an appeal should be made within 14 days of the date of written notification of the refusal. Intending appellants should contact TUSLA who will put them in contact with their local Educational Welfare Officer who will be able to offer advice and assistance on the appeal procedure.