High Achieving School


Presentation Secondary School Castleisland is a CEIST School with a strong focus on our Christian ethos where the care and respect for every person is at the centre of our daily interactions. Pres Castleisland prides itself in the academic success of all its students. The Leaving Certificate results of its students each year testify to the quality of the education received at the school. The Leaving Certificate class of 2020 was no exception. In fact, the results of 2020 surpassed those of 2019 with 61% of the class achieving >400 points, 16% receiving >500 points and 1 student actually receiving maximum 625 points. In the Leaving Certificate 2019, one student received the highest mark in Ireland in Higher Level Geography.  The school is in the top 14% of schools whose students progress to 3rd level. In 2019 and 2020, 100% of all our students progressed to 3rd level.

We offer our students a wide range of subjects. The school is one of a few schools in Ireland to introduce Leaving Certificate Computer Science as a new subject in this academic year and one of the few schools in Kerry to offer Religious Education as an examination subject. All students are offered the opportunity to study Music to Leaving Certificate.

Basketball is a highly valued and successful sport in the school. Teams compete at First Year, Second Year, U14, U16 and U19 level and in all have won 27 All Ireland titles. In 2019, the 1st Year basketball team secured the title of Ireland’s Best ‘A’ Schools Basketball Team. With this prestigious title came the invitation to attend the International Schools’ Federation (ISF) Basketball Championships in Zadar, Croatia as Ireland’s representatives.

Presentation Castleisland is recognised as a leading school for Enterprise and the students are in the top 2% of achievers for Enterprise in Ireland. The school has won two National Final titles for the last 3 years in a row and its Business teacher has been recognised as Entrepreneurial Educator of the year. Similarly, its Mathematics teachers have been recognised at National Level.

Presentation Secondary School Castleisland is the only secondary school in Kerry to be chosen as a beacon school to demonstrate the innovative use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment, through clusters of schools collaborating on a specific STEM project. Significant investment and resources have been deployed to support the purchase of this technology.

Presentation Secondary School Castleisland is committed to ensuring that every student is given ample opportunity to achieve her best and above all to develop skills and talents which will ensure each person will flourish.



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