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
  • 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

Religious Education studied as a non examination subject and it encompasses World Religions

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

06 2020
1st Year HPV Vaccinations
07 2020
School Closed
22 2020
Half Day - School closes for Christmas Holidays
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Clane Road,
Co. Kildare,

01 628 8257

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