Our School

Academic Excellence

Coláiste an Chraoibhín a long history of high academic achievement with students consistently gaining excellent exam results each year. We have excellent teachers who inspire their students through the passion they have for their subjects. Teachers give generously of their time, not just in the classroom but also through co-curricular activities, and staff and students develop positive relationships.

Our core purpose is to help our pupils realise their full potential through an excellent education. With outstanding teaching, in an exciting and challenging environment, the students want to learn and they succeed academically, with most entering their first choice third level education. Our ability to help students achieve the very best that they can is reflected in the high number of students progressing to third level each year. 94% of students progressed to higher and further education. The final 6% are pursuing apprenticeships which have started to make a return, following a period of rapid decline during the economic downturn. The class of 2014 are studying various courses including Pharmacy, Finance, Nursing, Social Science and Mechanical Engineering just to name a few. The majority of the class have proceeded to UCC, UL and Cork Institute of Technology. This is another remarkable educational achievement and a clear statement of the excellence of the teaching and learning in Coláiste an Chraoibhín. All of the students, teachers, parents and guardians should take a bow for their immense contribution to this success.

Coláiste an Chraoibhín’s proud tradition of excellence in the state exams continued this year with the individual subject results and CAO points far exceeding the national averages. The majority of students scored over 400 points, this ensured students secured their first preference course. This success is achieved through the students’ commitment to their studies with the support of outstanding and dedicated teachers. Our talented and professional teaching staff are dedicated to the promotion of high standards in our students. The school strives to strike the balance between achieving academic excellence, caring for the real needs of the individual student and developing our students’ personalities and strengths. The department of education and skills inspectorate acknowledged the excellent efforts of Coláiste an Chraoibhín in a whole school evaluation report published in 2007, “Coláiste an Chraoibhín is commended as a very student-friendly and community-focused centre of education with a truly open admissions policy and welcoming atmosphere”, “In every respect, Coláiste an Chraoibhín has been found to live out its mission statement in the daily interactions through all levels of the school.”

With the advent of new facilities and the continuous development of teaching and learning, Coláiste an Chraoibhín is set to further enhance its reputation as one the counties most progressive schools.

Our Canteen


On the breakfast table you can choose from Apple juice, orange juice, water or tea.
We have Cherrios or Shreddies cereal, with fresh milk.
Strawberry yoghurts, cheddar cheese.
There is a rotary toaster that you can use for, fresh brown sliced bread, McCambridge’s soda bread, plain scones, sultana scones and also we have warm croissant’s.

Ballygowan water is available all day.
Red apples, mandarin oranges and bananas are available all day free of charge.


For lunch break we have a selection of five different hot sandwiches available.
We have a selection of 10 different types of cold sandwiches, wraps and rolls available which change around.
We have gluten-free vegetable soup.
We have salad, either vegetarian or with meat.
We have a selection of plain bread rolls, warm croissant‘s, McCambridge’s brown soda bread, Strawberry yoghurt’s and cheddar cheese.
Plain scones and Sultana scones