Welcome to St. Anthony's School Website!





The School Calendar for 2016-2017 can be seen under the Calendar Tab on your left.


Welcome sign at school

Welcome to St. Anthony's School Website!

St. Anthony's School is a Special School catering for Primary (aged 4 -12 years) and Post Primary (aged 13 -18) girls and boys who have Mild General Learning Difficulties. We aim to provide a caring, learning environment which facilitates the nuturing and development of each pupils' full educational potential.

St.Anthony's recognises that all pupils are individuals with personal gifts, strengths and needs, and we offer an individualised education to all pupils which is centred around their own personal Individual Educational Plan.

There is a large staff of dedicated Class Teachers, Special Needs Assistants and Specialist Teachers of Woodwork, Home Economics, Music and P.E. who all work alongside the Principal Teacher, School Nurse, School Chef, School Secretary and the School Caretaker.

The school is managed by a voluntary Board of Management with representatives from our Patron Western Care Association, the Teaching Staff, Parents and the local Community.


See short video shown to visitors on Open Day 2012

School Facilities

Here at St. Anthony's we have purpose built facililties to cater for all pupils including
- Large Bright Classrooms
- Home Economics Kitchen
- Woodwork Room
- Music Room
- Library
- Paramedical Nursing Area
- Catering Kitchen, Pupil Canteen and Dining Room
- Large General Purpose Hall
- Sensory Room
- New Sensory Garden
- Soft Play Area with Ballpond
- Parents Conference Room
- Large Enclosed Play Courtyard
- Spacious Outside Areas with Football and Basketball areas
- Outdoor Playground with climbing frame and swing

Paramedical & Nursing Care Room

School Library & Music Room

Activity outings using our

Programmes & Therapy Services

The Department of Education funds the school and teachers while grants from the Department of Health allow us to provide Nursing Care as well as employ Catering Staff to look after school meals which are cooked fresh onsite and provided daily to all pupils.

The HSE also provides Therapy Services, as does our Patron Body Western Care Association, if resources are available in the following areas: Psychology, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Respite Services and After School Services.

The following services are provided daily to all pupils:
- Morning snacks and a hot freshly prepared dinner
- Door-to-door School Transport with Bus Escorts on all buses
- Small Class Sizes with a high pupil-staff ratio
- Individual and Small Group Tuition
- Supervised Recreation and Assembly
- Access to local activities e.g. Turlough Museum, Linenhall, Castlebar Library, Bowling & Swimming

Example of lunch menu