• Transition Year

All students participate in Transition Year. The aims of the programme are rooted in the school’s caring ethos and structured environment. In the spirit of Mary Ward our programme seeks to promote the potential of all students.

It aspires to provide:
1. Education for maturity, with the emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increased social competence.
2. The promotion of general, technical and academic skills, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning.
3. Education through experience of adult working life, as a basis for personal development and growth.



What they say

“Transition Year has a long and successful history in the school and there are excellent structures and procedures in place. The curriculum is very broad and balanced. It is appropriately structured around an academic core, optional subjects and subject specialisms. Work experience is well integrated into the programme. The programme comprises many subjects not on the Leaving Certificate programmes and is adapted from year to year to ensure that it reflects students’ interests. In addition to participation in trips out of school, students engage in valuable co-curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences. The level of student collaboration and co-operation was very high in all lessons. Students are provided with many opportunities to develop independent learning skills. Project work, group work, presentation and research tasks are strong and valuable features of teaching and learning. (cf DES TY Inspection 2015)