Explore our admissions systems and policies, fee structure, scholarships, bursaries and application process.

Admissions Process

Parents can apply for admission to the College for their sons or daughters to all Forms. However, we recommend entry at Form Primary or Form I (age 11 or 12). Form Primary is the equivalent of Sixth Class in a primary school in the Republic of Ireland (the first year of secondary schooling in the UK) while Form I is the equivalent of  Year 8 in the UK.

Some pupils are also admitted into Form II, often from preparatory schools, into Form IV (the Transition Year) and Form V (the start of the two-year Leaving Certificate course, equivalent to ‘A’ Levels). We do not recommend entry to the College in Forms III or VI as pupils sit state examinations at the end of these years and significant preparation is required. However, some exceptions are made and parents wishing to apply to these Forms should consult our Admissions Office.

Applications for admission should be made at least one year in advance of entry, especially for boarding. All pupils applying for a place must visit the College before entry.

Those joining Form Primary and Form I are normally invited to sit assessments in the month of October prior to the year of entry. The assessments are in literacy (reading comprehension, spelling), English and mathematics. Candidates for entry are often interviewed by the Warden also.

Boys and girls joining Form II normally do so by means of the Common Entrance Examination to independent schools, which is taken in their Prep School.

Those joining in Forms IV and V are usually interviewed by the Warden or Sub-Warden and past reports are sought from their current school. Pupils, whose first language is not English, will be required to sit assessments in English and Mathematics in November of the year preceding their entry.

Anyone seeking entry to the College at any stage must register their interest in doing so formally by completing the registration form and paying the appropriate fee. This commits neither the applicant nor the College to anything other than an expression of interest.

The first round of place offers are made during the course of the Michaelmas Term (i.e. between September and December of the year prior to entry) but applicants should not be dissuaded from contacting us outside these dates as there are often cancellations and/or deferrals of offered places. The second round of offers are made at the start of the Trinity Term, just after Easter.

The College normally accepts a maximum of 15 boys and girls into Form Primary (i.e. one class) and a further 30 into Form I, thus making three classes at this stage of 15 pupils in each.

Year-group sizes rise by about 15, to 60, in Forms IV and V. Class size at this stage depends on particular subject choices. The average class size in the Junior cycle (i.e. Forms Primary to III) is 15. The average class size in the Senior cycle (i.e. Forms IV to VI) is 10. The College has bed space for about 235 boarders and usually awards approximately 75 day places.

College Fees 2018-2019

  • Day Pupil
  • Day pupils attend lessons and games but complete prep (supervised homework) at home. All meals are included in the cost.
  • from
  • €8,000
  • per annum
  • Junior Boarder
  • Boarders attend lessons, games and prep and sleep in the College. Obviously, all meals are included in the cost.
  • from
  • €18,993
  • per annum
  • Senior Boarder
  • Boarders attend lessons, games and prep and sleep in the College. Obviously, all meals are included in the cost.
  • from
  • €22,797
  • per annum
  • Day Boarder
  • Day boarders attend lessons, games and prep (supervised homework) in the College. Three meals and two snacks are included in the cost.
  • from
  • €10,608
  • per annum

Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards

There are a wide range and number of awards made each year on the basis of academic performance and an assessment of potential. The following outlines the major scholarships and awards which may be made each year.

Junior Scholarships are offered to the highest performers in the Entrance Assessments to Form I. This provides a discount of 16% (one sixth) on the fees. Similar awards are made to high performers in our Form Primary. These awards are tenable for three years (the duration of the Junior cycle).

The Pennefather Scholarship may be awarded to high performing pupils from Form III, who are invited to sit examinations in May of Form III (internal candidates only). The major award, the Pennefather Scholarship, is tenable for the final three years of a pupil’s school career (i.e. Forms IV, V & VI) and provides a discount of 33% (one third) of the annual fees.

Pennefather Exhibitions may also be awarded at this point, also tenable for three years and provide a discount of 16% (one sixth) of the annual fees.

A Senior Scholarship may also be awarded in Form V, to an outstanding performer in the Michaelmas Term examinations, who is not already in receipt of an award. This award is tenable for the final two years and equates to a discount of 16% (one sixth) of the total annual fees.

From time to time, the Warden may make additional awards to those specified above, based on a particular talent (e.g. sport) or an all-round ability to contribute significantly to the life of a boarding school.

Senior and Junior Todd Scholarships, worth €1,000 and €500 respectively, are awarded to the candidates achieving the best points total in the annual Leaving Certificate examinations. An award is also made to the best foreign linguist.

Additional Awards & Discounts

The children of Church of Ireland clergy are entitled to a discount of 50% of the annual fees through the Norman Scholarship fund.

Children one of past pupils are entitled to a discount of 10% on the annual fees.

Parents with two or more children attending the College at the same time will be entitled to a discount of 10% on the annual fees for each child after the first.

The Old Columban Society (the association of past pupils) awards a scholarship to a child of an Old Columban, on the Warden’s recommendation. This is worth €1250 for one year only.

The Crichton Award may be made to a boy or girl seeking to enter the College in Form Primary or Form 1 who is from a Church of Ireland (or Anglican) background and who may have difficulty paying the full fees.

The sons and daughters of Church of Ireland clergy may apply for funds from the Norman Scholarship to help them through their Third Level education. In recent years, these have been awarded to all applicants and have been to the values of between €3,500 and €5,500 per annum.

Parents who experience difficulty in paying fees are urged to contact the College about the matter. Bursaries, which are means tested, may sometimes be made.

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