The school is managed by a Board of Management (BOM). The overall responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the school devolves on the Principal.
The Board of Management is made up of the following:
* Two direct nominee of the Patron, The Sisters
of Charity of Jesus and Mary Services.
* Two parents of children enrolled in the school (one being a mother, the other a father) elected by the general body of parents of the children enrolled in the school.
* The principal teacher of the school.
* One other teacher on the staff of the school elected by the teaching staff.
* Two extra members from the community.
The Board of Management requires that all pupils
for enrolment be assessed and come within the criteria of severe and profound
range of general learning disabilities.
In the event of the number of children seeking enrolment in any given class exceeding the number of places available preceding or during the school year (due to the Board of Management being unable to provide suitable accommodation or recruit the required teaching staff) the following criteria will be used to prioritise children for enrolment:
The Board of Management will offer places based on the school’s ability to provide the best possible service to those offered.
Offers will be made following full discussions with
parents, the school’s professional team, the Board of Management, Special
Educational Needs Officers and the Inspectorate of the Department of Education
Section 29 Appeal: A decision not to have a child enrolled may be appealed by the child’s parents/guardians, under the Section 29 Appeal Procedure.
National Council for Special Education
Following the formation of the NCSE approximately 80 Special Educational Needs Officers (SENOs) were appointed in September 2004. The Special Needs Officer appointed to Kolbe Special School is in regular contact with the school principal.
Initially the SENOs role will be to deal with:
Application for Special Needs Assistants hours.
Application for School Transport.
Application for other resources e.g. assistive technology.
The SENO has been informed of all the requirements
and needs of the school and pupils.
The National Council for Special Education may be contacted at Grattan House, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Tel: 057 8666488
The pupil teacher ratio is 6:1. The current staffing comprises of:
Principal 3 Class Teachers 12 Special Needs Assistants 2 Nurses Secretary Caretaker 3 Bus Escorts