About Us

Our School


Yvonne Bane, Principal

Sinéad Luttrell, Deputy Principal

Jennifer Hickey, Deputy Principal


  • To develop a community of learning which is geared towards the holistic development of each student.

  • To foster the pursuit of academic excellence, respecting the specific potential and talents of each student.

  • To promote the school community, the values of a Christian, caring society.

  • To value, within the total school community, self respect, respect for others and for the environment.

  • To recognize and affirm the unique value and contribution of each individual.


St. Mary’s Secondary School is an all-girls Catholic voluntary secondary school, founded by the Mercy Order and under the trusteeship of CEIST. Caring and compassionate interpersonal relationships are fostered with students, staff, parents and the wider school community. We value the importance of a holistic education and nurturing each student to reach her full potential, celebrating success and encouraging all students to grow and develop as individuals with unique talents and a strong sense of self-worth. Respectful and caring relationships between staff and students are evident in daily interactions and in the classroom. The characteristic spirit of our school is tangible through our warm, caring and Christian ethos. We constantly strive to promote student wellbeing and a positive school culture which is holistic, respectful, spiritual, academic and affirming. 

Our current enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year is 715 students. We have a highly dedicated teaching staff with huge expertise, all of whom are committed to maintaining excellence in teaching and learning. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum to afford students opportunities to achieve success in accordance with their talents, aptitudes and interests. We are an inclusive school and have a special class, Rang Réiltin and provide learning support tailored to the individual needs of students from all year groups as required. We offer Junior Cycle, an optional Transition Year Programme, the established Leaving Certificate, the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP), and the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) Programme.

St. Mary’s has a proud record of academic excellence. Our state examination results reflect the school’s high academic standards and the importance we place on teaching and learning. This tradition is built on a comprehensive academic curriculum delivered by a team of professional, dedicated and committed teachers, whose goal is to enable each of our students to reach her full potential. This, however, is not the sole focus of the school. We encourage students to participate in a wide ranging extra and co-curricular programme and in so doing nurture their holistic development. Most importantly, we encourage our school community to look outwards and become agents for social change through involvement in initiatives supporting justice in our community, while at the same time helping students develop a strong personal faith. Our goal is that each and every one of our students feels supported, respected and valued as an individual within a caring, inclusive and compassionate school environment.