Transition Year Policy

Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin Transition Year Policy

1. Policy Statement

Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin offers Transition Year as an optional one-year programme designed to bridge the gap between the Junior and Senior Cycles and to prepare students for life. The school strives to achieve the mission of Transition Year which is:

‘To promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of the students and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society’

The number of places available in Transition Year will be dependent upon staffing, facilities and resources.

For acceptance on to the Transition Year Programme, the school must be of the opinion that a student is capable of benefiting from participation in Transition Year and, equally, that his participation will not prevent any other student(s) from benefiting from participation. Any decision in this regard will be taken by the Transition Year coordinator and the Principal, following consultation with the student’s teachers.

Application Procedures

During third year, the Programme Coordinator will visit all third year classes where a formal presentation on the Transition Year Programme will be given during school time. The qualities and disposition essential for successful participation in Transition Year will again be fully outlined to students at this presentation.


A formal evening presentation will be delivered to parents/guardians of third year students interested in applying for a place on the programme.


Students apply for a place on a formal application form, signed by the student and the Parent /Guardian.


The purpose of the year is to promote maturity;

  • In learning- through encouraging self-directed learning
  • In relation to work- by developing work related skills
  • Personal maturity through improving communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility
  • Social maturity, through developing greater people skills and more awareness of the world outside school
  • Maturity to enable more informed subject choices for Leaving Certificate


What subjects are studied?

The essential core subjects are Irish, English, Mathematics, the continued study of the modern language studied to Junior Certificate, science, physical education, religion and young enterprise, career guidance

Other subjects may include some of the following;

  • Art, business, geography, history, home economics, personal development, music, project work ,car maintenance, First Aid, Typing, Drama and Dance
  • Students participate in workshops, trips, outings, work experience, community care.


N. B. The above list is not exhaustive. Subjects, workshops and outings are determined by the availability of teaching and other resources.


The welfare, well-being and safety of the student group are priorities as regards outings and trips. The School Tour and Outing Policy applies and there are particular rules for particular trips. Parents and guardians and students will be informed of any particular rules. The school may withdraw permission to students to participate on a tour/outing/activity in accordance with school policies and rules.


Learning, Maturing, Health and Safety

Transition Year affords the opportunity to individual students to mature and progress. However, the opportunity for the individual must be balanced with the right of the year group. The learning, maturing and health and safety of the group as a whole are the main priorities for the school.  The nature of Transition Year requires extra co-operation from students, particiularly during the various activities, outings, workshops, work experience and community care.


Selection Criteria
Students must complete an application for consideration to the programme. Recommendations will be made by 3rd Yr Teachers and 3rd Yr Year Head to the T.Y Coordinator and Principal. Students will be accepted on general consensus of above parties. Any student who does not meet the necessary criteria will not be offered a place on the programme.

The following criteria will help ascertain suitability:

·       Discipline record.

·       Work record.

·       Attendance Record

·       Suitability of applicant to the programme.

·       Suitability of the programme for individual applicants.

·       Teacher Recommendations.


The following are the application procedures for a place in Transition Year:

1. Application forms, including a copy of the school’s Policy on Admission to Transition Year, will be available from the TY coordinator. Copies of the application form will also be available from the School Office on request in January each year. The closing date will be stated on the Application Form.

2. Completed application forms and any other relevant documentation must be returned to the TY coordinator by the closing date. It is the responsibility of each student and her parents/guardians to ensure that her application form is submitted in full and on time.

3. Late applications will be processed only after all applications submitted on time have been processed and finalised. There is no guarantee there will be a place available in the TY Programme for late applications.

4. The decision to deem an applicant suitable or not suitable for the Transition Year Programme will be made by the School Principal and TY coordinator.

5. Parents/Guardians of a student who is refused a place in Transition Year and who take the view that the terms of this policy were not strictly adhered to may appeal the decision to the Board of Management by outlining in detail and in writing the grounds for their appeal.

6. Any serious breach of the school’s Code of Behaviour prior to the commencement of TY may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place in TY.

7. A student who accepts a place in Transition Year and subsequently withdraws from the programme, regardless of when she withdraws, is advised that her application for oversubscribed subject options in 5th Year will be placed at the end of the waiting list for each of the oversubscribed subjects.

8. This policy will be reviewed regularly.