Welcome to Blakestown Community School. I am proud to introduce our school to you and hope that this prospectus will give you an insight into the special qualities of our school and the outstanding all-round education we offer. Since 1979, we have provided excellent education for the people of Dublin 15. We are very proud of the broad curriculum we offer, our excellent academic results, our first-class facilities and the exceptional array of extra-curricular activities we provide.
Every child deserves an education. It is a fundamental human right. My own outlook can be summed up in the words of Thomas Davis when he declared, “Educate that you may be free.” As educators, our duty of care obliges us to do much more than simply teach, assess and report. We facilitate, empower, provide formative feedback, coach, mentor, comfort, guide and provide a moral roadmap to all students in our care. We don’t just teach subject content. We know that students are not simply receptacles of knowledge. Our teaching enables our students to cross the threshold of the knowledge, understanding, skills and values pertaining to a subject area and interact with it in such a way that is age and stage appropriate, can transcend subject silos and enable them to be assessed using a range of assessment modes in order to show progress and point towards the steps to be taken needed to drive the learning forward. All of this in a safe, caring space.
Our dedicated teachers have a genuine interest in the development, progress and wellbeing of each student. They work consistently to support each student in the achievement of their potential and strive to meet the demands of an ever-changing society and workplace by ensuring that our curriculum is relevant and challenging. Excellent practice in all areas – anchored in the innovative use of Learning Outcomes, distillation into time-specific Learning Intentions, and co-created Success Criteria – are key priorities, as we fully embed Junior Cycle and prepare for imminent changes to Senior Cycle. Our Assessment and Reporting practices will reflect a true and comprehensive picture of each student’s progress.
I hope that this prospectus will give you a sense of what our school is like and will assist you in deciding on the next stage of your child’s education. Additional information may be found on our website and social media pages.
Le gach dea-ghuí,