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Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

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Admission to part-time pre-school education

Duties of Board of Governors in relation to admission to part-time pre-school education

28.—(1) The Board of Governors of a school shall not cause or permit the number of part-time registered pupils at the school at any time to exceed the school’s part-time enrolment number.

(2) In calculating for the purposes of paragraph (1) the number of part-time registered pupils at a school at any time, no account shall be taken of any child registered at the school in compliance with—

(a)a direction of an appeal tribunal; or

(b)a direction under Article 42 of the [1996 NI 1.] Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.

Determination of part-time enrolment number for a school

29.—(1) In this Chapter any reference to a school’s part-time enrolment number is a reference to the number for the time being applying under the following provisions of this Article to the school.

(2) The part-time enrolment number applying to a school shall be such number as the Department may determine having regard in particular to—

(a)the requirements of directions under Article 18 of the 1986 Order which apply in relation to the school;

(b)the accommodation available for use by pupils in pre-school education at the school; and

(c)the extent to which full-time pre-school education is to be provided at the school.

(3) The part-time enrolment number of a school may be nil.

(4) The Department may at any time vary a school’s part-time enrolment number.

(5) Before making any determination under paragraph (2) or variation under paragraph (4) in relation to a school, the Department shall consult the bodies mentioned in paragraph (8).

(6) Paragraph (5) does not require consultation with the Board of Governors of a school in relation to a variation of the school’s part-time enrolment number made by the Department at the request of the Board of Governors.

(7) After making any determination under paragraph (2) or variation under paragraph (4) in relation to a school, the Department shall send notice of the determination or variation to the bodies mentioned in paragraph (8).

(8) The bodies referred to in paragraphs (5) and (7) are—

(a)the Board of Governors of the school;

(b)the board for the area in which the school is situated; and

(c)where the school is a Catholic maintained school, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.

Admission decisions in relation to part-time pre-school education

30.—(1) In this Article and Article 31 any reference to the admission of a child to a school is a reference to the admission of a child to part-time pre-school education at the school.

(2) In this Article—

(a)paragraph (3) applies to an application for the admission of a child to a school where the proposed admission is to take effect at the beginning of the first term of the school year; and

(b)paragraph (4) applies to an application for the admission of a child to a school where the proposed admission is to take effect at any later time in the school year.

(3) Where an application to which this paragraph applies is made, the Board of Governors—

(a)shall admit the child to the school if the total number of such applications does not exceed the part-time enrolment number of the school;

(b)in any other case, shall—

(i)apply the criteria drawn up under Article 32(1) to select for admission to the school a number of children equal to the school’s part-time enrolment number; and

(ii)admit, or refuse to admit, the child to the school accordingly.

(4) Where an application to which this paragraph applies is made, the Board of Governors shall—

(a)if, at the time the application is considered there are vacant part-time places at the school—

(i)admit the child to the school, if the total number of such applications falling to be considered at that time does not exceed the number of vacant part-time places;

(ii)in any other case, apply the criteria drawn up under Article 32(1) to select for admission to the school a number of children equal to the number of vacant part-time places and admit, or refuse to admit, the child to the school accordingly;

(b)if, at that time, there are no vacant part-time places at the school refuse to admit the child to the school.

(5) For the purposes of this Article—

(a)there are vacant part-time places at a school at any time if at that time the part-time enrolment number of the school exceeds the number of part-time pupils registered at the school;

(b)the number of vacant part-time places at a school at any time is the number obtained by subtracting the number of part-time pupils registered at the school at that time from the part-time enrolment number of the school.

Appeals against certain admission decisions under Article 30

31.—(1) Every board shall make arrangements for enabling the parent of child to appeal against any decision made under Article 30 by the Board of Governors of a school situated in the area of the board refusing the child admission to the school.

(2) An appeal under this Article shall be to an appeal tribunal constituted in accordance with regulations under paragraph (8) of Article 15 of the [1997 NI 5.] Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997; and paragraphs (9) to (11) of that Article apply in relation to appeals under this Article as they apply in relation to appeals under that Article.

(3) An appeal under this Article may be brought only on the ground that the criteria drawn up under Article 32(1) by the Board of Governors of a school—

(a)were not applied; or

(b)were not correctly applied, in deciding to refuse the child admission to the school.

(4) On the hearing of an appeal under this Article—

(a)if it appears to the tribunal that the criteria were not applied, or were not correctly applied, in deciding to refuse the child admission to the school, the tribunal shall, subject to paragraph (5), allow the appeal and direct the Board of Governors of the school to admit the child to the school;

(b)in any other case, the tribunal shall dismiss the appeal.

(5) If, in any case mentioned in paragraph (4)(a), it appears to the tribunal that had the criteria been applied, or (as the case may be) been correctly applied, the child would have been refused admission to the school, the tribunal shall dismiss the appeal.

(6) It shall be the duty of the Board of Governors of a school to comply with any direction given under paragraph (4)(a).

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