Message From the Principal

Message from the Principal


Welcome to the Bandon Grammar School Website.  I hope you will find all you require on the site and the various links.   We also invite you to contact us directly should you have specific questions or wish to discuss enrolment or any other educational matter.


This school year we celebrate 375 years in education and 60 years at our present campus at Richmount.    Looking forward, our first big event is our education conference ‘School of the Future’ on March 3rd.   Our Past Pupils Association has also been reformed and will be holding a gathering in 2018.   The School Development Plan (2015-21) reaches an important stage this year in curriculum development for the Junior Cycle Programme and in new facilities that will enhance our learning environment.


Bandon Grammar School has developed many fine traditions in almost four centuries of educating young people now combined in a modern spacious campus set in beautiful West Cork.   Our 675 pupils and 85 staff form a happy and caring community dedicated to excellence in all we do.   We are a fee paying co-educational boarding and day school with a valued link with the Church of Ireland, serving the Protestant community of Cork and Kerry.   Our growing pupil body is enhanced with many international students from countries from Spain and Germany to South Africa, South Korea and Australia.   The broad inclusive ethos is evident in the diverse school community which includes those of many Christian denominations and other faith traditions.   We aim to provide a caring, well ordered environment, in which each boy and girl will find success and happiness as they study, partake in our many activities and develop their personalities.


The value of diligent study is inculcated and our pupils consistently perform to the highest levels with individuals regularly honoured with prizes, bursaries and scholarships awarded at national level.   Our excellent staff are dedicated to helping each pupil to fulfil potential, develop talents and become a well-rounded graduate.   We encourage each child to take a full part in our wide range of activities, sports and tours, developing healthy and active life style attributes along the way.


The Bandon Grammar School pupil experience is varied, rich and unique.   Friendships are made for life and life opportunities are enriched.


Ian F. Coombes


25 February 2018