Manor House School, Raheny
Manor House School is a large Roman Catholic second-level all-girls school in Raheny, Dublin, Ireland, attached to a convent, and with significant sporting facilities. The school has an enrolment of around 800 (2006).
Manor House occupies a complex of red-brick buildings on the road from North Bull Island to Raheny village centre, formerly the site of a "big house," which was demolished in the early days of the school. The school site is bounded by the Santry River and Watermill Road.
The Catholic Parish of Raheny asked religious order the Poor Servants of the Mother of God to open a convent and schools in 1952, and the order, having agreed, bought Manor House in March 1952. The first element, a girls' primary school (National School), opened in 1953, and a fee-charging secondary school began with the new school year in 1956. Although the economy was on the rise, many parents could not afford the bi-annual payment.
The secondary school grew,and the school part of the complex of buildings was extended in 1964 and 1977. By contrast, the primary school was closed.
In 1967, Manor House joined the free education scheme.
The Poor Servants of the Mother of God, while remaining as trustees of the school, have reduced their role in recent decades, creating a Board of Management in 1989, on which their appointees hold four out of eight seats (the school principal attends as Board secretary but does not vote), and appointing the first lay principal in 1995.
In 2007, the school sold the most remote field of its sports grounds, and this has been developed with apartments.
This school has a reputation for excellent Leaving Certificate results and is ranked 112th in the Sunday Times list of the top 400 secondary schools in Ireland 2010.
The school also achieve in a range of sports, with the volleyball team having reached their second All-Ireland, their Gaelic and camogie teams also reaching the All-Ireland often and their hockey team reaching a Leinster Final..
References and footnotes
- Dublin, Ireland: Department of the Taoiseach: http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/index.asp?locID=558&docID=3221
- Dublin: Garrett, Arthur; 1990: Through Countless Ages