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Cork ETB Community Special Schools provide for the needs of students with autism and complex learning needs and for students with complex learning needs who require the support of a special school from the age of four up to eighteen years of age.  As per Department of Education regulations, students will leave school at the end of the school year in which they reach the age of 18 years old. To facilitate this age band, the range of classes extend from primary to post primary. Class groupings will be based on a combination of age, appropriate peer groupings and the needs of each child.

The school operates within the regulations as outlined by the Rules for National Schools and relevant circulars and directives issued by the Primary/Special Education sections of the Department of Education. The school is funded by grants from the Department of Education. Staffing allocations are in line with those set out by the Department of Education.


Cork ETB Community Special Schools are state, multidenominational, co-educational schools underpinned by the core values of:

  1. Excellence in Education
  2. Care
  3. Equality
  4. Respect
  5. Community

All students are given equal opportunity for enrollment in line with the Education (Admissions to School) Act 2018 and the criteria set out in the School’s Admissions Policy. Our schools promote a fully inclusive education that recognises the plurality of identities, beliefs and values held by students, parents/guardians and staff. Students of all religions and beliefs are treated equally. The school environment and activities do not privilege any group over another whilst at the same time acknowledging and facilitating students of all religions and beliefs.

Cork ETB Community Special Schools deliver the curriculum for Special Schools as prescribed by the Department of Education and adapted to meet the educational needs of each student. A variety of methodologies and strategies are adopted to maximise the students’ learning potential.

Carrigaline Community Special School:

About Carrigaline Community Special School

Our school is a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging and ownership. Respectful and positive relationships which are ever mindful of the dignity of each individual person is the bedrock of our school community. We are also committed to ensuring a safe environment where our students can maximise their own potential. Forging meaningful relationships with the students, their parent(s)/guardian(s) and all involved in their care and education, is essential to ensure high quality educational experience for our learners.

Rochestown Community Special School:

About Rochestown Community Special School

Rochestown Community Special School (RCSS) is a Community Special School that will provide for the needs of students with autism and complex learning needs and for students with complex learning needs who require the support of a special school, up from the beginning of Primary school up to eighteen years of age.

Admissions Process

Please note that the Admissions Process has now commenced, with applications being accepted only from 27th March 2023.

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