Our school in Bray, County Wicklow, is on the east coast of Ireland, about 20km south of Dublin. The town was once a well-known seaside holiday destination for families and now is part of the commuter belt for workers in the city of Dublin.
St. Cronan’s is a boys’ school with 523 students enrolled this year and they range from 6 to 13 years old in six class levels – First to Sixth class. There are a total of 33 teachers on the staff and 9 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) who help with SEN students.
The pupils come from a mix of social backgrounds and the involvement of parents and the wider community is an important aspect of the school’s ethos.
There is a high level of participation of parents in several school activities and a broad curriculum is offered by the school, which is enhanced by the presence of children from 28 different countries. Approximately 20% of our pupils come from other countries, mainly China, India, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, a number of African countries and the Philippines.
There is also a very wide range of after- school activities on offer in the school; these include an after-school club for children until 6.00pm and several sports and creative activities, including music, drama, art club, chess, wood-carving and an astronomy club.