All students follow a core curriculum of ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS, IRISH**, FRENCH, SCIENCE, HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY.
**Please note students from an international background will usually receive an exemption from studying Irish.
In addition, all First and Second Years take a weekly computer class and follow a Physical Education Programme as well as Social, Personal & Health Education and Civics.
Option Subjects: MUSIC | BUSINESS STUDIES | HOME ECONOMICS | ART | TECHNICAL GRAPHICS
Within these option groups numerous combinations of subjects are available. Some will opt to take subjects that cover a wide range of disciplines. Others might prefer a combination of more practical subjects such as Art, Home Economics and IT.
Alternatively, students can opt to follow courses that are more technical and mathematical – Technical Drawing with its emphasis on Computer Aided Design and Business Studies. Of course, students can opt to study combinations of all three disciplines. Arrangements can be made to follow Spanish or German, but this is dependent on the numbers of students option for these languages.
Parents are encouraged to be active partners in the educational programme and we ensure that they are regularly informed of the progress of their sons and daughters in the form of regular assessments.
Early in September the entire First Year take a diagnostic set of tests to establish baseline standards and give the teachers, parents and the students an objective view of potential future performance. This data provides the basis for target setting and allows us to focus on progression and development.
Classes are initially taught in mixed ability groups. Regular reports on achievement in two sets of internal exams and two formal assessments based on assignments in each subject (designed to provide a picture of attainment in core competencies) give a comprehensive insight into academic performance and measure progression. High standards are encouraged. Throughout this cycle students are exposed to a wide range of learning styles and begin to develop competency in oral and aural work, practical assignments, problem solving activities and group and team work.