In the last year, we have looked at teaching and learning in our school to find out what we are doing well. This is what we discovered:

Achieved Leaving Certificate retention rate of 100%.

Achieved targets set for First Year Learning Support Programme in literacy and numeracy for the weakest 10%.

Percentage of students with numeracy problems has decreased.

80% of Leaving Certificate student obtained honours in at least two higher level subjects.

67% of Leaving Certificate students went on to further education.

Increased parental participation and increased numbers attending parent teacher meetings.

Increased awareness of the work of the HSCL Co-ordinator.

The introduction of the LCA programme.

Develop the school reading culture by refurbishment of the Library.

Positive responses by students, staff and parents by the introduction of the new code of behaviour.

This is what we did to find out what we were doing well, and what we could do better:

Tracking of all students from first year to sixth year.

Standardized testing for all years.

Review of Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate results.

Student, staff and parents verbal feedback about the new Code of Behaviour.

Student Profile meetings.

Student Support Care meetings

This is what we are now going to work on:

Develop further a reading culture in the school.

Successful completion of LCA in school.

Build further links with home and school.

Continue to build further links with local businesses and third level colleges.

Greater participation of students in homework club.

Student tracking in relation to examination attainment.

To continue to work with students who have chronic absenteeism

This is what you can do to help:

Parents to be actively involved in their child’s education by checking and signing school journal each week.

Encouraging their child to attend homework club.

Using Vs ware to monitor your child’s attendance and access school reports.

Actively encourage good attendance.

Here is some information about how we are carrying out our work and about what the Department of Education and Skills requires us to do.

School time and holidays

The Department requires all post-primary schools to have 167 school days each year, and a 28-hour school week.

This year we had 167 school days, from [23rd August 2018] to [31st May 2019]. Our school week is 28 hours.

The Department sets out a standardised school year and school holidays.

This year we took all our school holidays within the permitted time.

The Department sets out arrangements for parent/teacher meetings and staff meetings. This year we had three parent/teacher meetings and nine staff meetings, all in line with the Department’s regulations.

Looking after the children in our school

The Department requires schools to follow the Child Protection Procedures it has set down. Our board of management has agreed in writing to do this. YES

All teachers know about the Procedures and we have told all parents about them and how we follow them. YES

Our Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Ms Sorcha NicDhonnachaand our Deputy DLP is Mr Michael O’Rourke.

Enrolment and attendance

The Department requires schools to have and publish an admissions policy, to record and report attendance accurately, and to encourage high attendance and participation.

We have an admissions policy and it is published. YES

We reviewed (and updated) our admissions policy on: 28/05/2018

We keep accurate attendance records and report them as required. YES

We encourage high attendance in the following ways: Regular monitoring of attendance by Year Head, referrals to HSCL, SCP and Guidance Counsellor, attendance awards, positive affirmation in the classroom and encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities.

This is how you can help: Parents can help by monitoring attendance on Vs ware, checking students’ journals, attending school events, parent teacher meetings and encouraging students to be actively involved in the school community.

Positive behaviour for a happy school

The Department requires schools to have a code of behaviour, and asks us to consult parents and students about it. We do this. YES

Our code of behaviour describes and supports positive behaviour. YES

We have a very clear and high-profile anti-bullying policy in our school. YES