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Whole School Evaluation (MLL) Report

Last April, CCS welcomed a team of inspectors from the Department of Education, who carried out a Whole School Evaluation (Management, Leadership & Learning). During their three-day visit they examined many aspects of our school, including meetings with various co-ordinators and others involved in the running of the school, a tour of the school building, meetings with students and visits to classes to observe teaching and learning at CCS. Parents and students completed questionnaires in relation to their experiences of CCS, and the Board of Management also met with the inspectors.

The report has now been reviewed by the Board of Management and published on the Department of Education website. We welcome the inspectors’ very positive feedback, particularly in relation to our comprehensive curriculum, care of students and the quality of teaching and learning in the school.

The inspectors’ findings included the following:

  • The school provides a comprehensive curriculum, which includes subject sampling, to nurture the talents of all students academically, in sport and through other extracurricular activities
  • Supports for students are of very high standard in the inclusive school environment.
  • Overall, the quality of teaching and learning ranged from very good to good (the highest level of evaluation on the inspectors’ rating scale)
  • The Board provides effective leadership of the school and the senior management team presents as energetic, committed to excellence and promotes a culture of improvement and innovation in relation to teaching, learning and assessment
  • The school has engaged in the school planning and self-evaluation process
  • Staff are empowered to undertake leadership roles and lead learning

We look forward to working together with our staff, parents, students and the Board of Management to maintain and build on these positive findings, and to work on implementing the inspectors’ recommendations for the further improvement of our school.

Click here to download the full report.

Here are some of the comments of the inspectors:

“The senior management team presents as energetic, committed to excellence and promotes a culture of improvement and innovation in relation to teaching, learning and assessment.”  

“The school provides a comprehensive curriculum, which includes subject sampling, to nurture the talents of all students academically, in sport and through other extracurricular activities.” 

“Supports for students are of very high standard in the inclusive school environment.” 

“The quality of teaching and learning ranged from very good to good (very good is the highest category assigned by the Inspectorate)” 

“A new senior management team is in place. This team presents as energetic, committed to excellence and quality improvement.”

“Cross-curricular teams have been put in place to lead the areas of literacy, numeracy and technology enhanced learning. Staff engage in a consultative, collaborative process and very effective strategies have been implemented at whole-school level, particularly in relation to literacy and numeracy. This is excellent.” 

“A spirit of volunteerism and staff leadership is central to the school culture and has a significant impact on students’ outcomes and experiences.” 

“Teachers are self-motivated and display an enthusiastic and clear commitment to the school and their students. This is illustrated by staff’s significant willingness to provide a myriad of co-curricular and extracurricular activities for students.” 

“Commendably, open and inclusive student enrolment practices operate in the school.” 

“Management and staff are committed to the holistic development and achievement of the full potential of each student. The school provides a comprehensive, balanced and inclusive curriculum to nurture the talents of all students academically, in sport and in other extracurricular activities. The curriculum includes the widest range of subjects offered within all available programmes.” 

“The operation of a subject-sampling system in first year and in TY is commended as it facilitates informed subject choice.”

“Subject options selection procedures demonstrate best practice. Very good guidance and support systems assist students as they make subject choices.” 

“Commendably, a comprehensive TY programme, which incorporates core, modular and calendar events, assists in furthering students’ holistic development.” 

“Significant care is given to provision for students with special educational needs (SEN). The coordinators of both SEN and the resource centre demonstrate significant commitment to their work and endeavour to ensure that the needs of their students are met, as do the core team and special needs assistants (SNAs).” 

“Responses from questionnaires completed during the evaluation indicate that Carrigaline Community School is a caring, friendly place, in which its core values are being implemented well in the day-today life of the school.” 

“A wide range of care structures and interventions support student welfare. These include the very effective student support team which leads this valuable provision.” 

“The majority of students surveyed said they feel safe and cared for in the school.” 

“A whole-school approach to student support is evident.”





“Excellent support is provided for students and parents during transitions. This includes a strong induction process, and a student mentoring system.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)


“The school understands the diversity of its population and promotes positive mental health through its Amber Flag activities.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)




“The school is very well maintained and its up-to-date facilities, which includes a significant extension, provide a very positive learning environment for students.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)



“All lessons were conducted in a classroom environment which was focused on the care of students and very good relationships were evident between teachers and students. This sense of community and care was also evident between students on corridors between lessons. Student behaviour was very good.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)




“The school corridors present as a powerful reinforcement of the school’s identity as a united community of learners. Corridors feature artwork and displays which are current, attractive and provide a strong sense of community identity.” (WSE-MLL Report, 2017)


Return to School Schedule 2017/2018

Image result for Calendar imageRe-opening Schedule 2017

Monday August 28th: Years 3 & 6, 11.15am to 1.15pm.

Tuesday August 29th: Years 2, 4 & 5, 9am to 11am.

Wednesday August 30th: Year 1 – Induction, 9am to 11am.

Thursday August 31st: Timetabled classes for all year groups, 9am to 4pm.

Friday September 1st: Year 1 – Student Induction Seminar, 9am to 1.15pm, Year 6 – Study Skills Seminar 9am to 3.30pm.

Please Note: Only year groups outlined above will attend school on Friday September 1st

There will be timetabled classes for all year groups on Monday, September 4th. 

High Street Books & 4ORM Sales at CCS

High Street Books will operate a book shop service at Carrigaline Community School as follows:

Saturday 19th August 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
4ORM Carrigaline will also fit and sell the school tracksuit on this date. 

School Office Summer Hours

Please note that the CCS school office will close from Monday July 3rd to Friday August 4th.

Arrangements for 3rd & 6th Year Students

6th Year

Scheduled classes will continue for 6th Year students until 4pm on Thursday June 1st. 

A study centre will also be available during school hours each day.

Please note that, if students are in school, they must be either in a scheduled class or in the study centre.

Students will only be permitted to enter class or the study centre at the beginning of each class period.

Normal school rules apply in the study centre, and students must be in full school uniform.


3rd Year

School continues as normal for 3rd Year students until 1.15pm on Wednesday, May 30th. 


Leaving Cert Graduation Mass

Our annual Graduation Mass will take place on Wednesday, May 17th at 1pm in the Church of Our Lady & St. John, Carrigaline.

All parents and guardians are invited to share in our celebration.

Classes/study will continue for 6th Year students until June 2nd. 

Two Soccer Finals This Week!

Well done and best of luck to our senior boys’ and girls’ soccer teams who have qualified for their respective finals – see details below. Greg Yelverton of UCC will speak to both teams about soccer scholarships this week.

Senior Boys’ Soccer Final

Tuesday May 16th

Carrigaline CS v Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh

1pm @ CIT


Senior Girls’ Soccer Final

Wednesday May 17th 

Carrigaline CS v Coláiste Choilm

10.45am @ Lakewood


Early Closure on Wednesday

School ends at 12.15pm on Wednesday May 17th. 

CCS to Receive Amber Flag

We are delighted to announce that Carrigaline Community School has been awarded an Amber Flag in recognition of the school’s promotion of positive mental health.

The flag will be presented at a ceremony in Rochestown Park Hotel on May 25th.

The AMBER FLAG initiative aims to encourage Schools/Colleges/Clubs/Societies/Organisations to promote and actively bring about a culture change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system and other organisations. It is to enhance the already good work that is going on where mental health is concerned by offering an award.There is wonderful work going on in schools and clubs etc on an individual basis. What the Amber Flag will do is acknowledge these efforts and unite all schools/clubs/societies/community groups in the promotion of “Positive Mental Health”. It becomes a daily topic of conversation leading to a cultural shift where mental health becomes “The Norm” leading to the breaking down of “Stigma” that is associated with mental health resulting in individuals seeking help sooner, when mental health issues arise.

Positive Mental Health aims to:

  1. Promote mental health and well-being for all.
  2. Prevent mental health problems through increasing awareness, social
    support, reducing risk factors such as racism, bullying and isolation.
  3. Improving quality of life for students/people with mental health
    problems by promoting recovery through awareness and education.

Watch this space for more information!

Internet Safety Talk with Maureen Griffin

Maureen Griffin of MGMS Training will be in Carrigaline Community School to talk to our students about internet safety on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th of April. There will also be a parent talk on evening of Monday 24th at 7.00pm in the school library.

The main topics Maureen will cover include:

  • Social Networking Sites and Social Messaging Apps
  • Privacy Settings
  • Sexting
  • Mobile Device Safety
  • Online Reputation & Employment
  • Gaming
  • Cyber-bullying

Maureen Griffin is a recognised expert in this area and a very popular speaker and we encourage all parents/guardians to attend.