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 (prior to the summer holidays in first year) according to the record of their attainment. Student tracking evidence is communicated with parents through the established assessments and can be discussed at parent/teacher meetings. Parents who wish to appeal their daughter’s placement must notify the Head of Department prior to the summer holidays.


Currently all pupils 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 pupils:

Choose either French or Spanish

Pupils 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 Certificate level except in exceptional circumstances.

After Junior Certificate pupils may proceed into either:-

Transition Year

Traditional Leaving Certificate Programme

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

Parent Information Presentation

1st Year Information Night Jan 27th 2022.pdf

25 2023
Wellbeing Week
02 2023
School Closed
05 2023
Open Evening - Incoming 1st Years 2024/2025
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Clane Road,
Co. Kildare,

01 628 8257

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