Maynooth Post Primary School

Principal’s Welcome

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Maynooth Post Primary School!

Maynooth Post Primary school is a community of students, staff and parents. We aim to create a warm and caring learning environment in which all our students can achieve their full potential. We value the unique contribution of each individual in an atmosphere of tolerance, partnership and shared respect.

Maynooth Post Primary school was established in 1971 as a co educational multi denominational school with non selective entry run under the auspices of County Kildare Vocational Education Committee. The current enrolment in 2023/2024 is 1008 students.

Maynooth Post Primary school began in the vacant old Presentation School building, now Charter House, with 120 students offering a full range of classes from first year to Leaving Certificate. In 1972 the school moved to the Moyglare road.

From the outset, the school was supported by the parents of the town and as a result along with a dedicated teaching staff and ambitious cohort of students the school quickly developed into a highly regarded, well respected educational establishment. The school facilities are available to the Maynooth community each evening and weekend for a variety of purposes including night classes, voluntary activities and sporting pursuits.

In Spring 2021, the school was relocated to a purpose built education campus, shared with another KWETB school, Maynooth Community College and Gael Scoil Ruairí at Mariavilla, Maynooth further up the Moyglare road. This year also saw the opening of our 2 Special Classes, The Laurel and The Willow for our students presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Over the past 50 years, under the stewardship of Principals Tom Ashe (1971-1997), Sean Ashe (1997-2002), Senan Griffin (2002-2007) and Johnny Nevin (2007-present), Maynooth Post Primary school’s teaching and ancillary supportive staff, together with its very supportive Parent Teacher Association, has dedicated itself to the development of the school over a wide range of social, sporting and cultural areas.

Above all, the school has at its core a commitment to academic excellence. The school follows an academic curriculum leading to the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations including the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied Programme.

In 2001, Maynooth Post Primary student Fergus Denman was the first student in the country to achieve 9 A1s in the Leaving Certificate examination and this year 6 students achieved 6 H1s in the Leaving Certificate whilst 2 achieved a remarkable 7 H1s,

All subjects are taught at Higher and Ordinary level, with English, Irish and Mathematics also available at Foundation level. There is a one year optional Transition Year as 4th year.

A wide range of extra curricular activities are offered to the students, including sports such as Gaelic games, basketball, swimming, soccer, rugby and athletics. In addition, debating through English and díospóireacht trí Gaeilge, public speaking are well established. Educational tours to Europe by our 5th year students each October have proved very successful. The highlight of the school year and indeed for the town is the annual school musical production each February.

Over the 50 year history of the school many highlights have been achieved including notable success at regional and at All Ireland level in sports, Young Scientists, Debating, European Events,and Díospóireacht.

The staff, students and parents can confidently look forward to the future and further success.

Le gach dea ghuí,

Johnny Nevin


Maynooth Education Campus, Mariavilla, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, W23 X6X8
01 628 6060
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