The curriculum is arranged in such a way as to provide for an area of choice, while at the same time ensuring a balanced course of instruction. It is structured to cater for students of varying abilities.
The school will provide students with a six year programme comprising of a three year Junior Cycle, leading to the Junior Certificate Examination, a Transition Year and a two year Senior Cycle leading to the Leaving Certificate Examination. Students may also have the option of completing LCVP which is an additional subject to the established Leaving Certificate and LCA which is an alternative Leaving Certificate course, depending on the demand.
Changes are taking place at Junior Cycle. These are starting in 2014 with the English syllabus . The new regime should be fully in place in 2022. There are fundamental changes to the curriculum, learning and assessment styles and range of subjects to be studied.For more information click on the following link.
All students will study the following subjects in first year:
In line with the new Junior cycle guidelines students will take 10 examination subjects for Junior Cycle.
Options will be decided on consultation with students and parents at the end of first year.
In our college classes are organised on a mixed ability basis. All classes are mixed for all subjects in first year. Students will be encouraged to take all subjects at the level appropriate to them.
The decision about the most appropriate level for each student is made by the student, teacher and parent. This decision will be based on
Students may take Higher level or Ordinary level in all subjects while learning in a mixed ability setting.
If your son/daughter needs extra support due to language or learning difficulties, please let us know. If they were in receipt of such support in Primary school or if they have a report from assessments at primary school age it can help us to design a programme for them to help them achieve their potential.
Support may be offered to students either individually or in small groups.
The school is developing an ASD unit which should open in the next two years.
Learning Support teachers may also accompany students to a class where they need in class support and team teachers will be provided where possible.
Please contact us if you have any concerns of this nature.
Academic classes do not exceed 30 students in any one class group. Practical subjects do not exceed 24 students in any group, and Home Economics classes do not exceed 20 students.