Place Category: Boys Only
‘….so that the strong may have something to strive after, and the weak may not fall back in dismay.’Rule of Benedict
Glenstal Abbey School stands out as one of the leading boarding schools in Ireland for boys aged 12-18. The school was founded in 1932 by the Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey. The school is set in a stunning 500-acre estate which includes buildings of historic interest, a working farm, forestry and park land. Situated near Limerick, Glenstal Abbey is only 40 minutes’ drive from Shannon Airport and just over two hours’ from Dublin Airport.
The school operates a horizontal boarding house structure with three houses: Junior, Inter and Senior. First to Fifth Year boarders have shared accommodation, while single rooms are available to Sixth Year boarders. This balance in the type of accommodation fosters friendship among the students and enables their Housemasters and other staff to provide age-appropriate pastoral support to the students.
Glenstal provides students with a challenging and supportive environment where they can discover and develop their specific talents and so reach their potential. Finding the precise programme of learning and development that suits each student is a key feature of a Glenstal education.
Glenstal provides education rather than mere tuition. ‘Education, we believe, is transmitted through person to person relationship. Contact is even more important than content. Such transmission is a shared experience which will play through in the hearts and minds of students for a long time.’ Fr. Simon Sleeman, Headmaster
The school has approximately 250 students, with small class sizes of normally between 12 and 16 students. A broad curriculum is on offer, delivered by a dedicated and passionate teaching staff. Glenstal consistently maintains delivers academic results across a wide ability range, with students achieving the equivalent of three A* grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate. Most students go on to study at universities throughout Ireland, England and Europe. Glenstal has regularly topped The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ survey over the last 10 years.
There is an exciting co-curricular programme which offers a rich array of opportunities for our students. Sports and leisure activities include Rugby, Tennis, Athletics, Music, Drama, Art, Debating and Public Speaking.
There is no better way for parents to discover what life is like for a student here than to explore the school and its grounds for themselves. Do come and visit.