ST MARY’S ACADEMY St. Mary's Academy CBS, Railway Road, Carlow, Ireland.
Phone: 059 9142419 Fax: 059 9130922

The school is located on Railway Road, beside the railway station. The playing pitches are located on Oak Park Road, about 2km away from the school.
You can find the location of the school on a map here.

In 2012 the school purchased a house on a large site, located directly across the road from the school. The site will be used to enhance facilities for our students in the coming years. We have also received permission from the DES to build an extension to the school with extra facilities for Science and Construction Studies. The extension will begin in October 2013.

Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme. The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.



The Cycle Against Suicide community is determined to let people in every corner of the island of Ireland know that; it’s OK not to feel OK and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help. Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.



Through our Career Guidance Counsellor, Ms J McKeon, St Mary's Academy CBS became involved in this initiative in 2013. Awareness around the issue of suicide was raised in the school community through workshops, visits to seminars, fundraising and participation by students and teachers in the cycle in 2015. The cycle that year passed through Carlow and our participants cycle the Carlow-Kilkenny return journey.


Conor Fennell and Jack Brennan were key players in promoting the initiative in the school during the 2014/2015 school year. They gave presentations to students in the school and represented us at a ceremony in the Department of Education & Skills offices in Marlborough Street, Dublin. Through the work of the school committee the phrase 'It's OK not to feel OK', the mantra of Cycle Against Suicide, became widely known.


Conor Fennell, Jim Breen and Jack Brennan


For the 2015/2016 school year, Conor Gleeson and Mark McKenna took over from Conor Fennell and Jack Brennan and enthusiastically carried on the fantastic work. They represented the school at the DES ceremony in Farmleigh House and have composed a soong which they will perform at a ceremony later in the year.

Conor Gleeson, Jim Breen and Mark McKenna


In 2015 our school was selected as an ambassador school and we were asked to nominate a student to undergo traing to be an ambassador for the project. Ian Bradley, 5th Year, was selected by the school and he has shown himself to be a very worthy selection.

Ian Bradley, Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador

Student Awards 2014 - Thomas Ó Ruairc Guest Speaker

Tomás Ó Ruairc was the guest speaker at our Student Awards ceremony on 14th May 2014. Students, teachers and parents have asked me to post his speech on our website and Tomás has kindly given me permission to do this.
Click here for the text.

Photographs, take by Pat Ahern and Thomas Sunderland, will be posted on our twitter account,


The ERST Charter was launched in 2007.  It is a document which captures the key elements of an Edmund Rice School.  All Edmund Rice schools have signed up to the Charter and are dedicated to its implementation.

The full charter can be found here.


Letter to parents, July 25th, here.
WRIGGLE store here.

Online Resources


Apart from this website you may also access information on your son through eportal . You will need a username and password from the school. Also, we have an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called MOODLE. It is available at

Development Education


Information on this subject can be found here.


We have set up a separate forum for numeracy. It is available here.


The following inspection reports are available by clicking on the links:

Physical Education

report1_61120E.pdf - Subject Inspection Report - Physical Education - 2006 (File Format PDF)

Technical Graphics and Design & Communication Graphics

report2_61120E.htm - Subject Inspection Report - Technical Graphics and Design and Communication Graphics - 2008 (File Format HTML)


report3_61120E.pdf - Tuairisc Cigireacht Ábhair - Gaeilge - 2009 (File Format PDF)

report3(t)_61120E.htm - Subject Inspection Report - Irish - 2009 (File Format HTML)


report4_61120E.pdf - Subject Inspection Report - French - 2010 (File Format PDF)

Business Subjects

Inspection of Business Subjects October 2014


Whole School Evaluation

In September 2010 the school underwent a Whole School Evaluation - Management, Leadership & Learning (WSE-MLL). The report is available below. Part of the process included a survey of 2nd Year and 5th year students and their families. The results of these surveys were compiled by the inspectors and are available at the links below.

WSE-MLL Final Report

Student Questionnaires

Parent Questionnaires

School Self-Evaluation 2013 - 2017

1. School Self-Evaluation Report May 2014

2. School Improvement Plan 2013 - 2017

3. Student Questionnaire May 2014

4. New Referral Form - Student Behaviour

5. Year Head's Response to the Student Referral

6. Old Referral Form p1
    Old Referral Form p2

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