Education Act 1998

F67 [ Admission statement

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61. (1) Subject to subsection (2) , the admission policy of a school shall include a statement (in this Part referred to as an admission statement ) that the school shall not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on

( 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.

(2) In the case of

( a ) a school to which section 7(3)(a) of the Act of 2000 applies, that admits students of one gender only, the admission statement of the school shall include a statement that the school does not discriminate in relation to the admission of students where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not of that gender,

( b ) a school to which section 7(3)(c) (amended by section 11 (a)(i) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018) of the Act of 2000 applies, whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values, the admission statement of the school shall include a statement that the school does not discriminate in relation to the admission of students where it admits persons of a particular religious denomination in preference to others,

( c ) a school to which section 7(3)(ca) (inserted by section 11 (a)(ii) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018) of the Act of 2000 applies, whose objective is to provide education in an environment which promotes certain religious values, the admission statement of the school shall include a statement that the school does not discriminate in relation to the admission of students where it refuses to admit as a student a person who is not of a particular religious denomination and it is proved that the refusal is essential to maintain the ethos of the school,

( d ) a school to which section 7(3)(cb) (inserted by section 11 (a)(ii) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018) of the Act of 2000 applies, the admission statement of the school shall include a statement that the school does not discriminate in relation to the admission of students where it admits as a student a person in accordance with section 7A (inserted by section 11 (b) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018) of the Act of 2000,

( e ) a school that, with the approval of the Minister, provides an education exclusively for students with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister, the admission statement of the school shall include a statement that the school may refuse to admit a student who does not have the specified category of special educational needs concerned, and

( f ) a school that, in addition to the general admission of students has, with the approval of the Minister, established a class to provide an education exclusively for students with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister, the admission statement of the school shall include a statement that the school may refuse to admit to the class concerned a student who does not have the specified category of special educational needs concerned.

(3) In this section 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 Act of 2000. ]