Our school is a school for students with physical/multiple disabilities. We have students from 4 to 18 years of age. We are a multi-denominational school. Our focus is very much on the individual student and seeing their ability and potential in all settings and circumstances.
We follow the Department of Education curricula as set out by the NCCA, adapted to the needs of our students, so that they are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Our mission at St. Gabriel’s School is to provide pupils with an education that is challenging and appropriate to their needs in a safe and caring environment.
Schools, regardless of religion have many similarities in terms of Curriculum, rules for Boards of Management, administration and staffing but where they differ from each other is their ‘Ethos’.
School Ethos is the characteristic spirit of a school community in its attitudes and aspirations. This is built upon its aims and objectives, its policies and procedures and should be reflected in all interactions within the school community. Thus the ethos of a school impacts strongly on the kind of education delivered to its pupils.
As the cornerstone of its ethos, St. Gabriel’s School supports the principles of:
- Inclusiveness, specifically with reference to the enrolment of children with a physical/multiple disability;
- Equality of access and participation in the school;
- Parental choice in relation to enrolment;
- Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.
A child centred approach to education is very much the essence of St. Gabriel’s School’s ethos. The school cherishes all children equally. A strong emphasis is placed on care values based on relationships between all the constituent partners in the school.
The school is a non-denominational one which provides equal rights of access to all children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds.
The Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation are delivered by the teachers to the pupils. As over 90% of the pupils are Catholic, preparation for the Sacraments is considered necessary and appropriate. However the school places no pressure on pupils to attend the thus it is not obligatory.
Parents of other faiths who request an opportunity to conduct faith formation within the school will be supported by Management in the provision of accommodation to facilitate such a request.
Approved by Board of Management as Ethos Statement 19/01/2017.
Reviewed/ratified by Board of Management 04/03/2020.