Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile, Co. Cork.  Tel: (022) 24500 / Fax: (022) 24586 / email: info@nrss.ie

“Where Your Child Matters.”

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Nagle Rice Secondary School – “where your child matters.”


As a parent, sixth class is a time of looking forward and choosing the best educational opportunity for your child’s future.  Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile is a mixed voluntary secondary school under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools’ Trust.  The school maintains a strong Catholic ethos while welcoming students of different traditions.  Nagle Rice continues the proud tradition of academic excellence and pastoral care established in Doneraile in 1818 by the Presentation Sisters and in 1869 by the Christian Brothers.


A Brief look at what Nagle Rice has to offer:

Each child is personally known to all staff members. Small class numbers mean more individual attention for each student.  Participation in extra-curricular activities where every child has the opportunity to be involved and be part of a team.  Monthly assessments with written reports posted to parents/guardians.  All students remain on the school grounds for the full duration of the day.  Strong Catholic Ethos.  Assembly:  year groups meet every morning with Year Head.  Whole-school assembly with Principal once a week.  Agricultural Science and Applied Maths offered free of charge.  After-school Study: available four days a week at a reduced cost.

Open-door policy for parents:  Communication is vital to the success and happiness of your child at Nagle Rice.  An open-door policy is available to the Principal, Deputy-Principal and Subject Teachers at all times.  This applies to parents and students alike.  


Broad and Balanced Curriculum:  As a co-educational school, Nagle Rice offers a broad and balanced curriculum.  First Years have the opportunity to try all option subjects before choosing.  Higher Level courses are available to all students and they are encouraged to continue at Higher Level.  Smaller class sizes make this a possibility for a large proportion of the student population.

Nagle Rice offers 15 exam subjects at Junior Cert level and 6 non-exam subjects.   Nagle Rice offers 18 exam subjects at Leaving Cert level and 4 non-exam subjects.

Examination Subject offered at Junior Cycle:  Irish, English, Maths, History, Geography, Science, Business, French, CSPE, Music, Technical Graphics, Material Technology Wood, Home Economics and Art.  Non-Examination Subjects at Junior Cycle:  Religious Education, SPHE, Computers, PE, Choir, Art.

Examination Subjects offered at Leaving Cert:  Irish, English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Modern Language:  French, Business, Accounting, DCG, Construction Studies, Music, History, Geography, Art, Home Economics.  Non-Exam Subjects at Leaving Cert level:  Religious Education, PE, Computers, Career Guidance

Transition Year:   Optional Year, not compulsory.  A wide range of subjects relevant to the Leaving Certificate (providing a taster in different subject areas).  Career Guidance and Work Experience Programme (with 4 weeks work experience completed over the year).  Modules such as Drama, Toastmasters, Karate, First Aid, Mini-Company, GAISCE President’s Award, Rotary Youth Leadership, Food Health and Safety, Environmental Studies. Work with COPE, and many others.  Outdoor Pursuits (Ballyhass Lakes, The Burren, Co. Clare, 25km Trek and more)


Nagle Rice Success Rate at State Exams:  Nagle Rice students obtain excellent examination results:  According to the Irish Times School League Tables’ Results for 2015, 82% of Nagle Rice students secured places in third level colleges.  This places Nagle Rice among the top schools in the county, including fee-paying schools.


Wide range of facilities available to students

Classrooms have up-to-date I.T. Facilities.   Dedicated Computer Lab.  Home Economics: cookery kitchen and sewing room.  MTW (woodwork) room.  Technical Graphics Room with CAD facilities (separate I.T. lab).  Biology Lab.  Chemistry Lab.  Physics Lab.  Dedicated Resource classrooms (“Aoibhneas”) including Sensory Room, Social Area and kitchenette. In 2016 Nagle Rice opened its second Special Class and are currently planning a Sensory Garden area.  Friendship Room / Library.  Wildlife Garden.  Prayer Room.  GAA pitch.  Full Size Gym.  Outdoor Basketball / tennis / handball courts.  Dedicated Art Room.  Use of Doneraile Forest Park and Doneraile Golf Club, both adjacent to the school.


Extra-Curricular Activities:

An active and committed Student Council.  Amber Flag Committee.  Orienteering (with regular successes at county, regional and national level).  Choir.  Traditional Irish Music.  Diocesan Lourdes Helpers.  GAA:  Gaelic Football, Hurling (County Champions 2016 Under 19s), Ladies Football, Camogie.  Basketball.  Athletics.  Golf.  Table Tennis.  Outdoor Pursuits.  Rotary Award.  Toastmasters.  Debating.  Drama.  Third World Awareness.  Community Work.  First Aid.  Students working with service users in COPE Foundation.  Gaisce Awards.  School Tours.  Field Trips


Amber Flag:  Nagle Rice has received its second Amber Flag, in recognition of its work in raising awareness of the importance of positive mental health.


Special Educational Needs

Nagle Rice caters for pupils of all abilities.  In our school we are strongly committed to providing a service for our students with learning difficulties.  The Special Educational Needs Department has a dedicated staff who operate as a highly effective team, in a dedicated Resource suite known as “Aoibhneas”, with the aim of working with individuals and small groups.  Pupils are catered for on a withdrawal basis and in small classes.  The aim of the SEN Department is to provide students with SEN with an integrated educational experience in a mainstream school.


Whole School Evaluation - September 2016

A Whole School Evaluation was conducted in Nagle Rice in September and the following comments provide a taste of what the team of inspectors had to say about our school:

Parents, staff and students endorse the work of the school.  Senior Management displays a high quality of leadership and management.   Broad and balanced curriculum.  Students are supported and cared for.  The commitment and actions of the staff have added significantly to the quality of the school and classroom environment for the students.  An active and committed Student Council is in place.  The Parents’ Association is strong and committed.  Transition Year is well organised, varied and well-supported and the experiential layers in TY reflect good provision.  TY also displays high quality planning which ensures a different experience for students.  The highly effective teamwork in the SEN Department was commended as was the inclusive atmosphere, in the high quality facility at “Aoibhneas”.  A very positive atmosphere in all classes with mutually respective relationships.  Facilities at Nagle Rice are of high quality and well-maintained.  The Friendship Room and special classrooms add significantly to the palpable atmosphere of collegiality.