St. Wolstan's Community School

Junior Cycle

Junior Cycle

Junior Cycle

In 2014, the new Junior Cycle was introduced into Irish schools. This new Junior Cycle places the student at the centre of the learning process. It allows for new ways of learning and a broader range of skills to be properly assessed.

Junior Cycle places students at the centre of the educational experience, enabling them to actively participate in their communities and in society and to be resourceful and confident learners in all aspects and stages of their lives.”

St. Wolstan’s operates a mixed ability system of education. However, at the end of the first year in May all first year students sit common examinations in Irish and Mathematics. Students are allocated to places in higher or ordinary level classes according to the record of their attainment and review by subject department teams. Student tracking evidence is communicated with parents through the established assessments and can be discussed at parent/teacher meetings.


Currently all students study the following core subjects:

  • Irish
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Religious Education studied as an examination subject and it encompasses World Religions
  • Wellbeing (Which includes CSPE, SPHE, Physical Education)

In addition, students:

Choose either French or Spanish

Students also study two option subjects from the following list:

(Student preferences are met where possible, however this may not be possible in all cases.)

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Home Economics
  • Music
  • Technology

It is school policy that students may not drop subjects at Junior Cycle level except in exceptional circumstances.

After Junior Cycle students may proceed into either:-

  • Transition Year
  • Traditional Leaving Certificate Programme
  • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

Parent/Guardian Information Presentation:

Transition to Post Primary

27 2023
Kildare Disability Week/International Day for Persons with Disabilities
05 2023
TY Christmas Market & Advent Service
06 2023
6th Year Parent/Teacher Meeting
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Clane Road,
Co. Kildare,

01 628 8257

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