Curriculum

The school aims to help all students achieve their fullest potential in academic and extra-curricular fields at each stage of their development. In our teaching we aim to help, stimulate, and challenge each student, and this aim is supported by careful monitoring and regular reporting.

The curriculum provided is balanced, broad and diverse. Scholarship and academic depth are its central features.

A high priority is placed on communication with parents. There is a programme of regular reporting and staff are available to meet with parents on request. There is also a parent-teacher meeting for every year group each year.

The Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate curricula of the Irish Department of Education and Skills are followed. All students sit the Junior Certificate at the end of 3rd Year. Transition Year is compulsory in 4th Year. All students sit the Leaving Certificate at the end of 6th Year. 

Each year group is normally divided into two or three for academic purposes, giving us classes of approximately 16 per base class. The academic progress of each class group is monitored by a Tutor. Many classes in the Senior Cycle are considerably smaller than the average size.

Our examination results are excellent across a wide ability range. The overwhelming majority of our students go on to study at university. 

All subjects are taught at Higher level, with the exception of Irish and Mathematics, where there is streaming into Higher and Ordinary level classes. The following subjects are offered in Glenstal, although it is not always possible to provide all of them in a given year.

Clicking on a subject below will open a new window to an external page containing further information about that subject. This information is provided by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

SUBJECTS OFFERED AT JUNIOR CYCLE

Irish English MathematicsArt, Craft, Design Business Studies Classical Studies Civic, Social & Political Education French Geography German History Information Technology Latin Music Physical Education Religious Education Science Social, Personal & Health Education Technical Graphics


SUBJECTS OFFERED AT SENIOR CYCLE

Irish English MathematicsAccounting Applied Mathematics Art Biology Business Chemistry Classical Studies Economics French Geography German History Latin Music Physics Physical Education Politics and Society Religious Education Social, Personal & Health Education