History - St Oliver's Primary School

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St. Oliver’s NS is a co educational vertical school established in 2010 under the patronage of the Archdiocese of Armagh situated on the outskirts of the town of Drogheda.

The school was established to meet the demand for the growing school going population projected in the northern environs plan for the town.

The school began in 2010 with 17 pupils and Principal Catherine Tiernan Bell with 2 Prefabs on the Boyne Rugby Club site.

In 2011 two further teachers were employed bringing total teaching staff to three and an enrolment of 60 children.

In September 2012 the new state of the art school building was opened on the Ballymakenny Road welcoming 136 pupils.

At present enrolment stands at 195 boys and 180 girls. (Sept 2016)

Current teaching staff includes the Principal and fourteen classroom teachers. There are four full time resource teachers and three part time learning support teachers. There is one full time EAL teacher and there are also three SNAs, two  full time and one part time. The school also has a secretary, cleaner and caretaker all part time.

The Ballmakenny College (post primary school) opened last year under the patronage of the Louth/Meath VEC and Educate Together on the same campus.

Each year the demand for Junior infant places exceeds supply.  

Levels of attendance are excellent and only two children have exceeded 20 day limit as per NEWB guidelines.(Jan 2014).

The school offers the full range of subjects set out by  the  Primary School Curriculum. It also offers a series of after school activities which include Spanish, French, Tin whistle, Guitar , Recorder  as well as both a Summer and Easter camp.

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