Villiers Secondary School
|North Circular Road, Limerick
|Motto||Fidei Coticula Crux
(Latin for 'The cross is the touchstone of faith')
|Headmistress||Ms Jill Storey|
|Staff||34 full time, 14 part time|
|Number of students||600|
Villiers School is a co-educational, fee paying, boarding and day secondary school, located on the North Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland. It is Limerick city's only fee paying Protestant secondary school.
Founded under the will of Mrs Hannah Villiers in 1821, the school has a Protestant ethos and is managed jointly by the Headmistress and a board of governors. The school relocated from Henry Street to its current location on the Tivoli campus on the North Circular Road less than one mile from Limerick city centre in 1953. Its campus has recently expanded significantly as the school acquired an adjoining two acre site, complete with two period houses.
Boarders number about one fifth the students with the rest commuting from Limerick and its environs. The student body is multi-denominational and diverse including students from over twenty different countries including Spain, France, Mexico, South Africa, Germany Japan, China, South Korea and Russia.
The school has modern classrooms, boarding facilities, a new gymnasium (2001) and hockey pitch (2002), a large IT suite and several science laboratories, which since has been greatly improved upon with the new interconnection of facility computers and remote desktop facilities. A new science, technology and art building was completed in 2007. All students sit the Irish Junior and Leaving certificates, and then progress onto third level education.
The school is noted for its caring atmosphere and its openness and inclusion as well as for its distinguished academic tradition. As of September 2012, over 600 students are enrolled at the school. Its range of Leaving Certificate subjects surpasses all other schools in this region.
Music and debating are also encouraged and a large musical involving transition year students is an annual event. The transition years also hold a very successful fashion show each year. The School is an active participant in the Model United Nations debates.
End of an Era
The headmaster Mr Tom Hardy retired in 2011 after 25 years at the school and was succeeded by Miss Jill Storey.
Notable former students and faculty
||This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability or notability policies. (November 2011)|
- Donald Clarke, Film correspondent, The Irish Times
- Max Dennison, Oscar-nominated special-effects artist
- Daniel Ketchum, Olympic gold medallist at Athens, 2004
- Percival McCormack, NASA chief of operational medicine
- Aisling O'Loughlin, TV3 presenter
- Jan O'Sullivan, Irish Minister of State
- Philip Owens, Los Angeles based film editor
- Caleb Powell, President of the Irish Rugby Football Union
- John Ruddock, Founder member of the National Concert Hall 
- Vere Wynne-Jones, RTE news and sports presenter
- Samuel Walsh, artist 
- Phoebe Prince, Irish suicide victim