Special School

St. Catherine’s Special National School is located in two centres: Kilmullen Lane, Newcastle, Greystones and St. Catherine’s EDC, Newcastle, Greystones.

The school provides primary and post-primary education for clients who have a moderate, severe or profound learning disability. Pre-school classes are also sanctioned for children with an Austim Spectrum Disorder.

 The school caters for approximately 150 clients, who range in age from 2 years to 18 years. Each classroom has a teacher and at least 1 classroom assistant and caters for between 6 and 8 children.

One of the Classrooms in Kilmullen Lane

Through a varied curriculum, the school strives to enable each client to realize his/her potential and to develop the skills which will enable them to lead full and independent lives. The curriculum offered to clients responds to a comprehensive multi disciplinary assessment of need and is influenced by the draft curriculum guidelines for mild, moderate, severe and profound general learning disability.

Subjects which are taught include:

  • Language and Communication
  • Numercy
  • Literacy
  • Physical Education (including swimming and horse-riding)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Computer Skills
  • Cookery and Household Skills
  • Social, Personal and Health Education
  • Drama
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography

The school also has the support of a multi-disciplinary team on an integrated basis. Multi-disciplinary support includes:

  • PBS Therapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Water Therapists
  • P.E. Teachers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychologist
  • Nurses
  • Outreach

One of the classrooms in the EDC Building

One of the classrooms in EDC Building

Facilities within the school include:

  • Large P.E. Halls
  • Domestic Science Room
  • Speech and Language Rooms
  • Shared Areas
  • Playgrounds
  • Basketball Court
  • Football Pitch
  • Water Therapy Pool
  • Sensory Room

The school is committed to giving each client a completely individualised programme of instruction based on his/her own unique and assessed needs. It will offer empirically evidenced best practice instruction based on the application of the principles of behaviour to every aspect of schooling and will incorporate the latest findings in research and development of effective educational practices.Ethos

The basis for all clients education is that each client is an individual with unique talents to be developed and also various obstacles to overcome. All instruction is individualised and tailored to the clients unique and current needs.


The objective of all instruction is for each client to maximise control over their environment and realise social integration through the teaching of generative learning repertoires, allowing the client to become independent learners and to lead independent and social lives in their respective communities.