Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions you make for your child. A reasonable fear many parents have is about the transition from the gentle world of home, to a busy school environment.
Small schools, like Kiltallagh are more conducive to individual care, while still achieving excellent academic outcomes. They are becoming rarer in numbers, but if you access a small school for your child, you’ll find that in education, bigger is not better.
Small schools are all about relationships and connection:
In a small school, children have a strong sense of connection. They mix with children from all year groups and learn to relate to people of all ages. They can make friends based on interests and maturity rather than being limited to those who are chronologically their peers.
“Our children enjoy strong rapport with not only their teacher, but with all the staff at the school. There is shared concern for their learning and welfare.”
No child slips through the cracks. Their social, emotional and medical needs are known by all staff and the quirky little characteristics that make them special are appreciated.
Research tells us that belonging to close-knit communities is vitally important in developing a child’s resilience. It is also a protective factor against mental health issues and bullying. When kids have a feeling of belonging, they can breathe out and relax, and get on with the business of learning and thriving.
Small schools allow for close monitoring and tracking of learning development:
Small classes offer students tailored instruction to meet their learning needs. The low student to teacher ratio means the teacher has time to ensure your child’s learning programme is pitched at a level where they are challenged but feel safe and supported.
Parent contact with the class teacher is easy in a small school. It is such a relief to be able to regularly communicate with educators who are closely tracking learning development. These teachers understand where the challenges lie, and those challenges can be addressed quickly. In a small school, ‘administrivia’ doesn’t get in the way and you don’t have to wait for large, impersonal parent nights.
With smaller numbers of students, hands-on learning is easy to organise and manage and the learning outcomes are great. There is much more freedom for collaborative student work and fun activities that bring learning to life.
Excursions can happen quickly and without fuss. “It is easy to put the pupils in a bus and share meaningful, real-life learning with them.
The staff in a small school are a unique asset:
There is a special kind of teacher who is attracted to a small school. In order to work in such an interconnected and visible environment they must be confident, approachable and highly competent.
“A small school allows the principal to hand-pick staff whose talents and skills specifically meet the needs of the children in the school.“ These teachers form a coherent team who work and develop together, they aren’t lost in a big staff.
The teachers who choose small schools love close communities and thrive on relationships. They are also more likely to stay with the school for an extended period of time. This means children are surrounded by adults who have known them for a long time and are invested in their wellbeing.
The partnership between parents and staff:
It’s not just children and teachers who enjoy the benefits of small schools. Parents love the high level of partnership they experience. There is a real sense of community and ownership. Parent help is encouraged and welcomed. If a parent wants to have input into decision-making or wants to speak with the principal, they can.
So why not call in and get a glimpse of our wonderful school here in Kiltallagh….a learning environment where we nurture minds to think, hands to create and hearts to love and where we nurture and guide each and every child in our care to grow and develop to be the very best that they can be.
Kiltallagh National School
Annual Admission Notice
2023/2024 School Year
A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for the 2023/2024 school year are available on the school website (Parents Information/School Policies section) or on request by emailing
Application and Decision Dates
The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants:
The school will commence accepting applications for admission on:
The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on:
The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is:
The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is:
June 20th 2024
Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s Admission Policy.
Number of places being made available in 2023/24
The number of places being made available in Junior Infants is:
School Roll: 17161S
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