MOUNT ST. CATHERINE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, ARMAGH, IRELAND
Mount Saint Catherine’s is a modern school with a long tradition, first founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1851, at the request of Archbishop Cullen. The present building opened in 1939 as an elementary school, at first serving both boys and girls. After a long period as a girls only school Mount Saint Catherine’s recently regained co-educational status and will soon achieve equal numbers of boys and girls. We are a community school in an urban environment, centrally located in the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland with its rich history and tradition.
During the times of The Troubles, Mount Saint Catherine’s was planted firmly at the centre of many difficult and traumatic events. However, the school remained a haven, where quality education and faith formation continued uninterrupted. We are centrally located on a large site that we share with Saint Catherine’s College, on Mount Saint Catherine, from where we can see the whole city-scape of Armagh. The extensive environment of grass and mature trees creates an ideal outdoor classroom.
The school currently has its third lay principal in post and remains firmly committed to the values and ethos of the Society. This is enabled through our membership of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in Scotland, Ireland and Malta. We value our close links with the other schools in the Network and also with international Sacred Heart Schools.
WHAT MAKES OUR SCHOOL UNIQUE
Mount St. Catherine’s is characterised by its vibrant Sacred Heart Ethos being lived out in the challenging arena that is modern society. We have close parish and family links and enjoy an excellent reputation in the community as an open and inclusive school where a very high standard of education is offered in ‘an atmosphere of trust and freedom’.
We have high expectations for all of our pupils, regardless of their background and personal circumstances. Children are challenged by the delivery of an enriched, creative curriculum by our highly qualified, professional staff. Our aim is to produce life-long learners who have a love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by promoting the three Rs of Reflection, Resourcefulness and Resilience.
OPERATIONAL / ADMINISTRATIVE
TYPE OF SCHOOL
Mount St. Catherine’s Primary school is a co-educational, state-funded school, held in the trusteeship of The St. Patrick’s Educational Trust in the parish of Armagh.
230 pupils aged 4 - 11
Approximately 50% of our pupils are international pupils, many with English as their second language. Much of our catchment area is designated as an area of social deprivation and we are the school of choice for many Travelling families.
Principal, 10 teaching staff, 1 learning support teacher, 11 classroom assistants
Facilities include: two playgrounds, on-site canteen, large gymnasium, prayer room, ICT suite, library, After-School club and access to an all-weather pitch.