About Clongowes Wood College SJ
Established in 1814, Clongowes is Ireland’s leading 7 day boarding school for boys aged from 12 years old. A Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, they aim to develop young men of conscience, compassion and competence. They are home to 450 boys from Ireland and further afield. Clongowes offers a broad academic programme as well as a diverse co-curricular programme of sports, drama, debating and music. That which sets them apart is their approach to ‘the care of the individual’ – nourishing each boy’s talents and supporting them on a pastoral level. Clongowes is a very special place, set in 550 acres just 40 minutes from Dublin airport.
Curriculum: Irish education is broad and balanced. They are a non-selective school with a wide range of learning styles and abilities supported by our dedicated staff. The teaching and learning programme is across 6 years with state exams at Junior Certificate (3rd year) and Leaving Certificate at 6th year.
Headmaster: Mr. Chris Lumb
Academic Calendar: Late August-May
- Cohesive boarding community of all 7 day boarders
- Excellent facilities and co-curricular programmes
- Irish education system is broad and balanced
- Convenient location for airport
Sibling discount of 7.5% for 2nd brother if 2 brothers attending. For 3 brothers 10% for 2nd boy and 20% for 3rd boy.
Facilities for living and learning are top class, including: an abundance of rugby and soccer pitches, a golf course, athletics track, cricket pitch, tennis courts, basketball courts (indoor and outdoor), very large sports hall, weights gym, 25M indoor swimming pool, music practice rooms, modern science and computer labs, the James Joyce Library, co-operative learning spaces etc.
Clongowes believes that learning extends beyond the classroom based curriculum and so our co-curricular programme is rich and varied, e.g., our orchestra, 3 choirs, traditional Irish music group, debating, drama, art, structured study in the evening, many sports on site including rugby, soccer, GAA, golf, athletics, swimming, cricket, basketball, tennis etc. They have a full competitive fixture list for all sports with visiting teams and trips to other schools throughout the year.