ABOUT THE SCHOOL
St. Wolstan’s Community School, under the trusteeship of the Archbishop of Dublin, the Holy Faith Sisters and Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (former Kildare VEC), is an all girls second level school. The school is under the direction of a board of management, which includes representatives of the three trustees as well as representatives of the teachers and parents.
The current school site is situated on the outskirts of Celbridge, on the Clane Road and the school has been here for over 10 years now. The origin of the name St. Wolstan’s dates back to 1203 when a Catholic monastery was founded at Celbridge. St. Wolstan’s monastic settlement was one of the first Irish monasteries to be shut down under Henry VIII reformation and the lands flanking the meandering Liffey were appointed to John Alen – Master of the Rolls, on December 1, 1538. The estate now became known as Alen’s Court. The last of the Alens connected with St. Wolstan’s spent a good deal of his time in France, where he was called the Count de St Wolstan. He was an officer in the regiment of Berwick, and fought with the Irish Brigade in the battle of Fontenoy in 1746.
In 1955 the Holy Faith Sisters adopted both the name and the site of the monastery for a girls second level day and boarding school. This secondary school had excellent standards and a supper reputation. In 1999 St. Wolstan’s Secondary School transferred to the new St. Wolstan’s Community School at Ballymakealy, Clane Road, Celbridge. Our Community School opened it’s doors for the first time on 30 August 1999. our unique circumstances offer us the opportunity to combine the advantages of a new school building and modern structures with the experience and atmosphere of an excellent established secondary school.
St. Wolstan’s Holy faith Secondary School
The school has accommodation for a maximum of 750 pupils. Classes range from First Year to Sixth Year and include the Transition year and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme. Classes begin each school day at 9.05am and finish at 4.00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes finish at 3.20p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- High academic standards
- A highly committed teaching team
- A ‘best practice’ Code of Behaviour
- Excellent results in the Junior and Leaving Certificate Exams
- All Classrooms have internet and data projector
- Excellent discipline
- A wide range of subjects
- State of the Art building and facilities
- Values that reflect the educational values of the trustees
- A commitment to home/school partnership
- An effective Parents’ Association
- An active and vibrant student council
- Care or each individual student
- Awards Night
- Extra Curricular Activities.
In the Tradition of the Holy Faith Secondary School, the new St. Wolstan’s School continues to be a caring and friendly community where students are encouraged to develop their academic, social and spiritual potential.