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Allocation to Classes

Allocation to Classes

Classes are organised in the College on a mixed ability basis.  From first year, the base classes are mixed to take account of –

  • The spread of ability as ascertained by the assessment test
  • A balance of boys and girls
  • The primary school of origin
  • Additional information, educational and family background.

The College provides opportunities for students to achieve in line with their potential.  Teachers are encouraged to promote student achievement and to expect effort and performance relative to the student’s ability.  All pupils should have the opportunity to aspire to Higher-level courses. By “setting” different levels in certain subjects and by particular interventions, such as smaller classes and learning support withdrawal, individual differences of attainment can be catered for.

It is envisaged that all students take certain core subjects– 

Junior Certificate – Irish, English, Maths, History, Geography, Science, French, CSPE,SPHE, RE, PE and choose two option subjects from the following – Music, Art, Home Economics, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Metalwork, Business Studies.

Leaving Certificate – Irish, English, Maths, RE, PE and choose four option subjects from the following  – French, Japanese, Geography, History, Business, Economics, Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Home Economics, Technical Drawing, Construction Studies, Engineering, Art, Music. If students have the required combination of subjects they may also do Link Modules (LCVP).

Incoming first year and fifth year students must return an Option Choice form to the school by the deadline date advertised. Getting one’s subject choices depends on the numbers choosing particular subjects and the availability of spaces in classes. It may also depend on a student’s aptitude for the subject and the advice of the subject teacher. Where an option form is returned after the due date for processing, subjects will be allocated on an available basis.