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St. George's National School, Balbriggan Co. Dublin


St George’s NS is a school where all students are equally valued and respected – irrespective of gender, social background, family circumstances, educational achievements, physical characteristics or intellectual functioning. St George’s NS is under the patronage of the Church of Ireland.


Church of Ireland National Schools

The Church of Ireland has provided primary level education in Ireland for nearly two centuries. It is currently the second largest provider of primary level education in Ireland. Its 174 primary schools employ over 700 teachers who teach over 15,000 pupils. The patron is usually the local Church of Ireland bishop with a board of management comprising nominees of parents, staff, the patron and the local community.

In Church of Ireland primary schools, religious education is taught through the Follow Me curriculum which is produced by the Church’s Board of Education. This curriculum is child-centred and seeks to bring children into contact with and seek to discover the love of God, while at the same time being respectful and inclusive of all people. Specific faith formation is taught in local parish Sunday schools rather than the school.

The aim of all Church of Ireland schools is to seek to express the beliefs and scriptural values of the Church of Ireland, among which are honesty, justice, fairness, respect, sensitivity to others and civic responsibility. Events where parents play an active role, such as Christmas carol services and plays; harvest thanksgiving and Eastertide are important in nurturing ethos in Church of Ireland primary schools.

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