The College and its Facilities
St Vincent’s Castleknock College is a fee-paying school managed by a Board of Management. The college prepares students for the Department of Education and Skills (DES) Junior Certificate, Transition Year Programme and Leaving Certificate state examinations. The college follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the DES, which may be amended from time to time.
In 2007, President Mary MacAleese officially opened the magnificent new academic campus. The work, which cost €15 million, includes the following:
- Three new science labs (bringing the total to four).
- The new foyer area, St Vincent’s Hall, which serves as a junction between classrooms, a display area and a meeting point.
- A refurbished chapel (including the restoration of the magnificent ceiling and the pipe organ).
- Upgrading and rewiring of all classrooms (including data projectors, networked internet facilities, etc.)
- Two state-of-the-art computer laboratories.
- Student Wi-Fi and printing.
- A huge art room and a Technical Graphics room.
- The Alton Library, one of Ireland’s largest school libraries, which is open to students from eight in the morning until five in the evening every day for study, reading books or newspapers, research, computer access, chess, borrowing books and films, etc.
A restored Concert Hall for assemblies, school shows (such as Les Miserables), prize-givings, debates, etc.
The college is situated within 70 acres of beautiful mature parkland which includes ten rugby pitches, a soccer pitch, a gymnasium (with basketball court), a weights room, a recovery room, a physiotherapy room, athletics and running track, two throwing circles for discus and hammer, a tartan-track long jump and a cricket crease with nets and pavilion. In 2011 the college invested in five newly constructed, floodlit tennis courts, which can also be used for soccer or Olympic handball. In 2013 a new floodlit, all-weather rugby practice area will be constructed.
The average number of students per class is 22. There are approximately 100 students in each year. There may be some optional subjects which lead to smaller classes and others which lead to bigger classes.