About our school

To ensure the health of our pupils who have issues with some foods, our school is a nut free school and is pursuing a healthy eating policy. To this end we ask all parents to keep this in mind when preparing the daily lunches. Please leave out nuts, anything containing nuts and anything that may contain nuts.

The first part of the school was built in 1962, and two classrooms and a hall were added in 1981. We used to have a prefab as a classroom, but that is gone now. Around our school we have a lot of grassy areas to play on. In the summer there are trees to shade us.

Our school is situated near a playing pitch, and a church, which is a bonus. Nearby also, is the first school in Farran, which was built in 1895, and is now a private dwelling house. Scoil Naomh Muire has six mainstream class teachers, three class teachers in our autistic unit, with an administrative Principal. We also have four Learning Support/Resource Teachers, eight Special Needs Assistants and four part-time Special Needs Assistants. We have a part time secretary and caretaker. Allied to this we have a very active and supportive Parents Association. They run many different fund raising projects each year for the school. Some of their activities have included developing the playing field adjacent to our school, organising the First Communion party for the children involved and their parents and families, as well as helping out at our  annual school sports day in June.

In 2009 the school underwent a complete face-lift. The old windows and doors were replaced with new double glazed ones. The children’s play area was extended and re-surfaced. A soccer pitch and a basketball court were created, a soft play area was installed. Some old conifer trees were removed which brightened up the school, a burglar alarm and a fire alarm were installed and the whole building was painted. The school’s heating system was also updated, and works were carried out to alleviate flooding in one part of the school yard.

In August 2013 we opened our special unit “Nead na Coille” for children with a diagnosis of autism. This unit was at first housed in the school hall, but an extension to the school was built.  At first we had two teachers in this unit and four Special Needs Assistants. Then in Aug. 2015 we opened our third special class to cater for older children with an autism diagnosis. This class was again housed in our school hall, but we hoped for a further extension to the school. There was one teacher and two Special Needs Assistants in this classroom for that year.

In August 2017 the next phase of our school extension began. This comprised of one mainstream classroom, one classroom for our third special class, a safe space and a new sensory room together with bathroom facilities to serve the new area. To accommodate access for this extension a new entrance had to be created by the side of the community hall and a temporary roadway built through the grassed area to the side of the school. We also had to remove an old wooden storage shed which opened up an area between existing classrooms. This was leveled off and the children hope to create a wildflower garden here. In September 2018 the classes moved in to these new rooms.