St Patrick’s Primary School is a Catholic Maintained school for children between the ages of four and eleven.
The school is situated on the Carran Road, in close proximity to the centre of the town of Crossmaglen. The school is in a beautiful location with the majestic Slieve Gullion as its neighbour. The present school was opened in 1959 and includes twelve classrooms, ICT suite, offices and a multi use hall for PE, drama, music and assemblies. The school boasts beautiful grounds, which lend themselves to environmental studies and include a large sports field and two large playgrounds. Each classroom is well resourced with Interactive Whiteboards, computer workstations and laptops. Dinners are prepared on site by the schools kitchen staff.
St Patrick’s Nursery was opened in 1999. It is a self contained unit that provides education for 52 children of pre school age. The Nursery is staffed by two teachers and two classroom assistants.
In 2002, an Irish Medium Unit, Gaelscoil Phádraig Naofa, opened and welcomed its first Rang a Haon. The Gaelscoil has grown and currently has 103 children enrolled in four vertically grouped classes. There are eight other classes in the school. The teaching staff of the school is assisted by classroom assistants, teaching assistants and the ancillary staff.
The total enrolment within the school is currently three hundred and thirty seven. The children who attend St Patrick’s come from the town itself and from the surrounding area. The Gaelscoil would also draw children from the South Armagh area.
The Extended Schools initiative also has provided opportunities to widen the range of extra curricular experiences/activities in the school which include Cookery, Art and Craft, Drama, ICT and Sport. Our children also have many opportunities to participate in sporting, music and drama activities There is an active School Council and ECO School Committee which allows platforms for our children to voice their opinions and also take responsibility for caring for the school environment.
We are in the Parish of Upper Creggan and we have close links with St Patrick’s church, which is a short walk away from us. The school has very strong links with various community out centres, in particular, our local youth club and Crossmaglen Rangers Gaelic Athletic Club, our local GAA club. We are proud of the strong sense of community that exists and of our caring ethos which helps to ensure a happy, safe educational environment for its pupils, teachers and parents.
The school in the last five years has undergone a follow-up inspection and a one-day nursery inspection. Both inspections had very favourable outcomes for pupils, staff and parents.