Headmaster's Welcome

It is my pleasure as Headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School to welcome you to our website.

Glenstal Abbey School is a school for boys and is part of a monastic community that builds its life around the love of learning and the desire for God, values that are a lived reality here. While we have a strong Christian tradition we welcome students of all faiths and none. For many years, we have provided our students with a challenging and supportive environment within which to discover and grow into their own talents and way of being at home in the world.  

The school has approximately 250 students with small class sizes of between 12 and 16 students. We offer a broad curriculum of subjects which are delivered by a highly dedicated and passionate teaching staff. Our examination results are excellent across a wide ability range. We consistently maintain an outstanding academic record. The overwhelming majority of our students go on to study at universities throughout Ireland and Europe.

At Glenstal Abbey School we are not just giving tuition here, we are giving education. Our values are based on our understanding of the importance of contact with students and not simply delivering content. An education at Glenstal Abbey School  in essence is a shared experience that fundamentally will play through in the hearts of the students for a very long time. It is a place where boys become men of Soul.  

Our school is a home from home for each boy. We have a strong extra-curriculum programme which provides a rich array of opportunities for the boys to express themselves. Sports and leisure pursuits including Music, Drama, Art, photography, Debating and Public Speaking enjoy a high profile in our school.  

Our website is of course no substitute for a visit to our school campus set in stunningly beautiful woodland and parkland. Nevertheless, I trust you will gain some insight into what makes Glenstal Abbey School such a unique place.

We warmly welcome prospective families to visit and discover if Glenstal is suited to the particular contours of your son’s  genius. Take a closer look. Come and visit us. We look forward to welcoming you warmly.

Fr William Fennelly OSB