Our Guidance Counsellor is Mr Brian Kearney and can be contacted via

As Guidance information updates so often, you can find further information on our Guidance website


Both Guidance Counselling and Guidance and Counselling refer to a range of learning experiences designed to assist students in making choices about their lives and in making transitions at different stages of their lives. These choices may be categorised into three distinct – but interlinked – areas:

  • Personal and Social
  • Educational
  • Vocational
Guidance Activities: A Taster
  • Personal Counselling
  • Assessment using Psychometric Instruments and Inventories
  • Career Information (Classroom, BGS Careers Fairs with some photos below, attendance at Career events)
  • Use of Information Technology (BGS Guidance Website, Careers Portal, Qualifax etc)
  • Peer to Peer Guidance: Older students are given the opportunity to detail their own experiences to younger students throughout the year
Whole-School Guidance Approach

The whole-school is involved in supporting all of our students in assisting students in making choices about their lives and in making transitions at different stages of their lives through Whole-School Guidance

  • Personal and Social
  • Educational
  • Vocational
Peer Guidance

Peer Guidance is a key element of our approach to Guidance in BGS with older students guiding younger students such as:

  • 4th Years advise 2nd years on the transition from 1st year to 2nd year and 3rd years on the challenges of the Junior Cert
  •  5th years mentor 1st years on a monthly basis
  • 5th and 6th years mentors 4th years on their subjects choices for the LC and advise on the challenges of 5th year



Personal Guidance

Personal guidance is a key part of the school guidance programme.  It encompasses relatively brief interventions with students either on an individual or group basis. Personal guidance may include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or a combination of these.

Counselling is available on a referral basis. The Guidance Counsellor works closely with our Chaplain as well as teams such as our Pastoral Care, Boarding and Special Educational Needs teams.Students are referred by management, staff, parents, or they may self- refer. During and after counselling the guidance counsellor will consult with teachers and other relevant and concerned parties on a regular basis to monitor progress, to discuss how pupils are coping and to plan for further support.

  • Publicising to the students and at parents’ meetings the role of the guidance counsellor and the counsellor’s availability to individual students for consultation at any time, within the framework of guidance hours available, is a key task
  • Students and parents are free to request a consultation with the counsellor
  • The counsellor also initiates consultations with pupils, teachers and parents when particular circumstances arise indicating that a pupil may be in need ofcounselling on a personal issue, which impinges on their school life
  • The counsellor is consulted by school management and pastoral care personnel on such issues
  • Every student in fifth and sixth year is afforded the opportunity to meet the guidance counsellor on personal and career related matters. Students in first, second third and fourth year are seen by the guidance counselor on a request or referral basis
  • Where and when possible small groups of students may be seen together if they have a common interest, for example a number of students wishing to pursue a specific career or course such as nursing.
Career Guidance
  • The Guidance Counsellor supports First Years to assist them choosing their subjects for the Junior Certificate. The guidance counsellor does the same with Fourth Year students prior to them choosing their subjects for the Leaving Cert.
  • Presentations are made to parents on the issue of subject choice and options. There is an inforomation evening for First Year parents, Third Year parents, and for Fourth Year parents. A presentation is also delivered to parents of Leaving Cert detailing post Leaving Cert options
  • Fourth year classes receive one Career Guidance class per week
  • Fifth and Sixth Year students receive on a rotational basis throughout the year
  • Follow up meetings and telephone conversations concerning career issues also take place between the guidance counsellor, students and parents as required
  • The guidance counsellor advises and assists students on the completion of UCAS applications to the British third level system
  • Links are sustained with local industries, most notably Eli Lilly, for the apprenticeship scheme
  • The guidance counsellor also manages the administration of the CAT (Cognitive Ability Test) to incoming first years
  • Organises trips out (UCC and MTU TY Open Days, UL/ LIT/ Mary I Open Days, PLC Open Days, organise speakers in to school, organise cohorts of students to attend various career events, eg. Prep for Med Day, Law Experience Day, etc.)
Educational Guidance

The ways in which the guidance counsellor fulfils this role include:

  • Liaising with the Principal and Year Heads concerning pupils who require intervention
  • Offering those pupils who require intervention educational counselling with regard to study techniques, educational planning and personal organisation if they do not have support through our SEN
  • Liaising with Year Heads on the delivery of study skills seminars to various student groups
  • Monitoring and being aware of the delivery of study techniques courses within the Social, Personal and Health Education Curriculum
  • Providing guidance and information to students and parents at appropriate stages in their progress through meetings
  • Being available to pupils who have left the school to offer advice after the Leaving Certificate results have been issued, that is at the beginning of the new school year
  • Liaise with Special Needs and Learning Support departments to identity students requiring further attention.