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Church of Ireland

United Dioceses of Cork Cloyne and Ross


Bandonbridge National School

Ethos Statement of Bandonbridge National School                         Roll number: 18431D

Bandonbridge National School is a Church of Ireland National School under the patronage of the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.


                                                  Bandon Union of Parishes is served by the school. Bandonbridge National School evolved on its present 

                                                  site in 1960 – it was formed by the amalgamation of a number of schools: Brinny, Innishannon,

                                                  Ballymodan Boys’ and Ballymodan Girls’ National Schools and consequently is a co-educational school.


                                                  Bandonbridge N.S. is a school which, in accordance with the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018                                                    serves, in the first instance, those of a ‘minority religion’. The other churches and communities served by                                                    the school have included: Church of Ireland Moviddy Union of Parishes, neighbouring Church of Ireland 

                                                  parishes, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Pentecostal, Plymouth Brethren and those belonging to

                                                  various Christian fellowship and house Churches. The school community reflects an atmosphere of       

                                                  tolerance and respect for religious differences. We work towards the spirit of ecumenism, inclusion and                                                        diversity as represented in local community life.



The school is a community where all pupils are respected – irrespective of sex, social background,                                                              family circumstances, educational achievement, physical characteristics or intellectual functioning.                                                          Pupils experience a sense of caring and belonging, they are treated fairly, and their spiritual, moral                                                              and religious development is encouraged, as is their intellectual, social and academic development.


The school is part of the local church community and has strong links with Bandon Union of Parishes.                                                    The rector visits classrooms to share  on a regular basis. We aspire to be a                                                                community where moral values such as honesty, truthfulness, justice, fairness, sensitivity to others                                                            and civic and national responsibility are nurtured and protected. It is a goal of the school to prepare

its pupils to be responsible and active citizens of Ireland and of Europe.



                                                     Gospel values permeate the daily life of the school through mutual respect, a sense of                                                                                   caring and belonging. The justification of these qualities is based on Biblical teaching                                                                                     interpreted by the church. The school gives an important position to religious education in                                                                             the school curriculum which nurtures faith in its pupils. The school fosters freedom of                                                                                     thought and an individual relationship with God. Religious Education, including Biblical studies, is at                                                           the core of the school curriculum and is based on the “Follow Me” programme provided by the Church of Ireland Board of Education. A separate leaflet is available with more information regarding the programme and information is also available on The school’s admissions policy is devised in accordance with the law including, the Education Act 1998, the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, and the Equal Status Act 2000 as amended by the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018.


The school enjoys a positive working relationship with parents. There is an active, supportive PA

which contributes hugely to the life and running of the school. Parents are encouraged to share

their time and talents in support of school activities: art activities, gardening, sports and other

pastimes. Social occasions, online communication portals and parent-teacher meetings provide

opportunities for parents and staff to get to know one another. These communications are central

to the wellbeing of pupils and staff.


                                                                                   The staff members are encouraged and facilitated, where possible, in any further                                                                                             professional development opportunities that arise. (e.g. PDST/NCSE courses, external                                                                                     facilitators at CP meetings, Summer Courses etc.). The School reflects on the                                                                                                   teaching and learning, the wellbeing and school environment when engaged in school                                                                                     self-evaluation and planning for the future. The Code of Behaviour centres on the                                                                                             value of respect for yourself and for others. Inclusion and participation of minority                                                                                           groups are an important part of school life. For example, the school holds an                                                                                                     Intercultural Day, a day where all cultures in the community are celebrated.


The school values all children equally, including children of other religious groups.

The children are encouraged to share their experiences and knowledge with their

classmates. The school crest was designed by a former pupil. It reflects the school

name and the historical name of the town. Bandonbridge National School is proud

of the holistic, nurturing environment provided to all children in its care. We strive

for all pupils to feel protected and cherished while supporting them in their

endeavours to reach their potential.


We invite all who are interested to be part of our school community

and to share in its values and ethos.

Children in Indoor Playground
Cross & Heart
Prayer Group
Happy Kids with Books
Children Playing
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