As a parent, you are looking for an effective secondary school for your child. The most effective school for someone else’s child may not be the most effective for yours.
An effective school is one that contributes positively to your child’s development, academic results and general wellbeing. This is a more interesting perspective as it puts your child, rather than the school, at the centre of the decision. Your daughter is active: does the school have good sports facilities? Your son has dyslexia: will he be supported? Is the school of a suitable size? Will your child do well there?
There are practical indicators of a school’s effectiveness. Objectively effective schools tend to be flexible about subject choice and level. They are clear, consistent and fair in implementing discipline. Teachers in effective schools tend to have positive expectations of their students. Effective schools are well managed and they run smoothly.
Beyond those issues, factors such as location and school size are important in how they affect your child, but they have not been shown to have a significant impact on overall outcomes such as how well students do in exams as a whole. These factors may influence how well your child will fare and that is what you need to consider.
How to find out more:
These are a great way to talk to teachers and students, and to have a look around the school, all in one go. Not all schools are good at publicising open days, so call the secretary’s office to enquire.
Talk to other parents. The word on the ground can be surprisingly accurate. Beware of the sweeping, “Oh, X is the best school”. Don’t disregard it but use it as a springboard to find out more. Trust your own judgment. What’s best for others might not be best for your child.
Schools’ own websites vary considerably in quality and content but they can be useful. Sites such as citizensinformation.ie and schooldays.ie and are also helpful.
The Find a School feature on the Department of Education website, education.ie, is on the upper right-hand side of the homepage.
You can input a few details about the sort of school you want and it will give you a map with schools in your area. Click into any of them for details, including website address, pupil numbers and all available inspection reports.
St Audoen’s NS is not a feeder school for any specific secondary school(s).
However, please find below a list of schools where many of our past pupils have attended:
- Second Level School Options for Boys:
- Belverdere College *See HSCL Teacher
- Marian College 01 6684036 www.mariancollege.ie
- Brunswick Street. 01 8720781 www.thebrunner.ie
- Synge Street CBS 01 4783998 www.syngestreet.eu
- Drimnagh Castle Sec. School 014518316 www.drimnaghcastleonline.ie
- Second Level School Options for Girls:
- Mount Carmel Sec. School 018730958 www.mount-carmel.ie
- St Joseph’s Stanhope St 01 6710419 www.stanhopesecondary.ie
- St Louis High School Rathmines 01 4975458 www.stlouishighschool.ie
- Warrenmount Sec. School 01 4547520 www.warrenmountsecondary.ie
- Presentation College Terenure 01 4902404 www.presentationcollege.ie
- St Dominic’s College, Cabra 01-8385282 www.stdominics.ie
- Second Level School Options; Mixed:
- Kevin’s College Crumlin 01 4536397 www.stkevinscollege.ie
- James Street Sec School 01 8547756 www.cbsjamesstreet.com
- Larkin College 01 8741913 www.larkincommunitycollege.ie
- St Patricks Cathedral 01 4543388 www.stpatrickscgs.ie