Ethos-Logo-smallThe CNS ethos is underpinned by 4 main cornerstones

A Community National School is one where the school becomes a centre of the local community.

A Community National School is one where children are encouraged and supported in living their lives to the full.

A Community National School is one where high standards are the goal in teaching and learning.

A Community National School is one where everybody is valued and treated with respect.

A Community National School is one where diversity is recognised and celebrated.

A Community National School is one where respect for plurality of faiths is seen as integral to the daily routine of the school. is a link to the Department of Education and Skills’ website which provides information for parents on school patronage.  We would appreciate if you could review our website on Community National Schools by way of your consideration of a choice of patron in these areas. A brief description of Community National Schools is available to download here.

A Community National School is just as it says. Founded in local communities, these schools are child-centred, inclusive, multi-belief, State supported schools which strive to provide a high quality primary education for every child in line with the Primary School Curriculum and guidelines laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.
The first Community National Schools were opened in 2008 in Phibblestown and Porterstown in Co. Dublin. Four further schools in Naas, Co. Kildare, Navan, Co. Meath, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin and Citywest, Dublin 24 have since opened. One opened in September 2013 in Lucan, Co. Dublin.  In 2014, schools were opened in Tallaght-West, Co. Dublin and Mallow, Co. Cork.  Two more schools opened in September 2015 in Carrigtwohill, Co.Cork and Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
To you as a parent/guardian...
'Every parent's deepest wish is that their children are self sufficient, happy, and able to live a full life .'
Selecting a school for your child can often be one of the most challenging decisions you as a parent/guardian will make in the early years of your child's life.  This website seeks to assist you in gaining a better understanding of what a Community National School can offer your child and you as a parent/guardian.

Schools Opened

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