Clongowes Wood College, Ireland

Head: Mr Chris Lumb
Telephone: +353 (0) 45 868202
School Address: Kilcock Road, Clane, County Kildare Ireland W91 DN40


Number in School: 450
Number of Boarders: 450
Boarding Type: Full Boarding
School Type: Boys

Head of Boarding: Mr Frank Kelly
Head of Boarding Email:
Head of Boarding Contact Number: +353 (0)45 868202

Established in 1814, Clongowes is Ireland’s leading 7 day boarding school for boys aged from 12 years old. A Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, we aim to develop young men of conscience, compassion and competence. We are home to 450 boys from Ireland and further afield. We offer a broad academic programme as well as a diverse co-curricular programme of sports, drama, debating and music. That which sets us apart is our approach to ‘the care of the individual’ – nourishing each boy’s talents and supporting them on a pastoral level. Clongowes is a very special place, set in 550 acres just 40 minutes from Dublin airport.

Facilities for living and learning are top class, including: an abundance of rugby and soccer pitches, a golf course, athletics track, cricket pitch, tennis courts, basketball courts (indoor and outdoor), very large sports hall, weights gym, 25M indoor swimming pool, music practice rooms, modern science and computer labs, the James Joyce Library, co-operative learning spaces etc.

We believe that learning extends beyond the classroom based curriculum and so our co-curricular programme is rich and varied, e.g., our orchestra, 3 choirs, traditional Irish music group, debating, drama, art, structured study in the evening, many sports on site including rugby, soccer, GAA, golf, athletics, swimming, cricket, basketball, tennis etc. We have a full competitive fixture list for all sports with visiting teams and trips to other schools throughout the year.

Irish education is broad and balanced. The teaching and learning programme is across 6 years with state exams at 3rd Year, the Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate at 6th Year and an excellent Transition Year programme for 4th Year.

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