Abbey Community College/Colaiste na Mainistreach is a Community College operating under the Trusteeship of Galway Roscommon ETB. The School is managed by a Board of Management. There is also a Board of Governors - one representative of the Mercy Order, one Diocese of Elphin, and one GRETB. It is funded by the Department of Education and Science and operates within the regulations and guidelines set down from time to time by that Department. The school has an active Parents' Association and a strong Students' Council.
HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
Abbey Community College opened in September 2002 following the amalgamation of Scoil Chriost an Ri, St. Mary's College and Boyle Vocational School. Abbey Community College aims, with the resources available, to provide the best possible environment in order to cater for the cultural, educational, moral, physical, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions of all students. We show special concerns for the disadvantaged and we make every effort to ensure that the uniqueness and dignity of each person is respected and responded to, especially through the pastoral care system in the school. We realise too, that we must cater for the changing needs of today's world and towards that end, we frequently review our various programmes. Being keenly aware of the ever-increasing effect of outside influences on the lives of our students, we are even more concerned to maintain positive values and practices.
Working together as a school community, the Board of Management, parents, staff, and students, aim to provide an environment which will allow each student to develop intellectually, physically, morally, socially and spiritually so as they will be able to fulfil their role in society.
It is expected that every student passing through. our care will develop responsible attitudes and respect for self and others. This requires careful and continuous guidance from home and school. We, in Abbey Community College/Colaiste na Mainistreach will take every opportunity to provide each student with a set of values which will embrace respect and responsibility. Within the context of the Department of Education and Science regulations and programmes, the rights of the Trustees/Board of Management as set out in the Education Act 1988 (Section 15 (1), (2)), and the funding and resources available, the school supports the following principles:-
• Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of students with a disability or other special educational needs.
• Equality with respect to maximum access and participation in the school.
• Parental choice in relation to choice of school, having regard for the characteristic spirit of the school.
• Respect for the diversity of beliefs, languages, traditions and ways of life in society.