Our school has twenty three mainstream classes, a Reading Class and two special needs classes. There are either two or three class groupings of approximately 28 pupils at each class level from Junior Infants to Sixth class. Class teachers are responsible for the children’s welfare and delivery of the curriculum. Work is planned jointly by the teachers at each class level. By drawing on their individual experiences, knowledge and expertise, class teachers at each class level ensure work is well matched to meet the needs of the children.
We have a very dynamic Special Education Team in Ennis National School. The Special Education Needs Teachers and the Special Needs Assistants enhance, support, individualise and supplement the learning that takes place in classrooms. Pupils who have special educational needs are identified by class teachers and additional support may be provided following consultation parents.
The Reading Class caters for 5th/6th class children in Co. Clare who have a specific Learning Difficulty/dyslexia. Pupils work intensively on literacy and numeracy in the Reading Class, using methods suitable for pupils with dyslexia.
The ASD unit comprises of a senior sunshine class and a junior sunshine class. The children in these classes integrate in their mainstream class for different times of the days…read more about the ASD Unit
Board of Management
The Board of Management manages the school on behalf of the patron and is accountable to the patron (Bishop of the Diocese of Killaloe) and the Minister for Education and Skills. The Board must uphold the ethos of the school. The principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, including providing guidance and direction to the teachers and other staff of the school and is accountable to the Board for that management.
The Board of Management is appointed for a four year term. The Patron nominates two members of the Board, two members are elected by parents and one by school staff. These members and the Principal meet to co-opt two community nominees. Our Board of Management meets at least twice a term. Reports on meetings and decisions made are communicated to parents in Parent Circulars. The current Parent Nominees are John O’Connor and Emer O’Reilly.
The Parents Association of Ennis National School endeavours to work in close collaboration with the Principal, Staff and Board of Management, to create a strong partnership between home and school. Activities encourage active parental/guardian involvement and positive experiences for pupils and their families as they strive to be the best they can, within the school and local community.
The parents association is affiliated to the National Parents Council Primary. This council represents parents’ views on curriculum, class size, health and safety and many other issues as well as negotiating with the Minister and Department of Education and Skills for improvements in the education system and better resources for primary education.
List of Staff
Fiona de Buitléir
Special Needs Assistants
Board of Management
Thomas Murray (Chairperson)
Tony Brohan, Mary Kehoe (Co-opted)
Fr Tom Hogan (Patron’s Rep)
John O’Connor, Emer O’Reilly (Parents’ Reps)
Yvonne Kelly (Teachers’ Rep)
Ray McInerney (Principal)
* The Board of Management is responsible for managing the school on behalf of the patron and for the benefit of the students and to provide an appropriate education for each student at the school.