St. Oliver’ s Community College has been recognised by Trinity Access, Trinity College Dublin, for their ongoing work in creating a college-going culture in their school.

The Schools of Distinction Award, conferred by Trinity Access, Trinity College Dublin, recognises and showcases the efforts of schools nationwide to transform their school culture and to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The scheme recognises the often extraordinary work being successfully undertaken by schools in challenging conditions and with limited resources. It encourages participants to draw on their own school and community resources and the resources of the Trinity Access project in Trinity College Dublin to support educational innovation and change.

This School of Distinction: Community Award, recognises the achievement of schools who have joined our Community of Practice and engaged in a process of evaluating and identifying the needs of their students and teachers through our School Survey. Community Award winners set relevant targets to address these needs and action student centred programmes with the aim of embedding a college-going culture in their school. Schools that win this award have begun the process of engaging their students in the 3 core practices of Pathways to College, Mentoring and Leadership in Learning and have plans to expand these innovative programmes in the future.

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This award scheme aims to support the development of ‘college-going’ practices and a student-centred, innovative learning environment across schools nationwide. St. Oliver’s was particularly successful in forging links with the local business community. Its participation in the Business in the Community (BITC) programme where the school has been linked with Irish Cement for over 10 years was highlighted as an example of this innovative practice.

Deputy Principal, John Heeney, said, “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide movement to promote the importance of post-secondary education. Winning the School of Distinction: Innovation award recognises the ongoing work of our staff and students”

Cliona Hannon, Director of Trinity Access says, “We are delighted to recognise the innovative, leadership and community focused work that these schools have achieved in an extraordinary year. We hope to share the learning from these beacons of creativity with all our other school partners. A warm congratulations from all in Trinity Access to St. Oliver’s Community College for their courageous and creative leadership.”