Mount Temple Comprehensive School
|Mount Temple Comprehensive School|
Republic of Ireland
|School type||Non-fee paying co-educational comprehensive voluntary secondary school|
|Mottoes||All Different, All Equal, Nisi Dominus Frustra,|
(Without the Lord, it is in vain)
|Student to teacher ratio||25:1 approx.|
|Colour(s)|| Black |
Mount Temple Comprehensive School is a secondary school in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. The school operates under the patronage of the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, and has, as a primary objective, the provision of state-funded second-level education to the Protestant population of northern Dublin, while accepting pupils of all religions, and none. The school was established in 1972 following the amalgamation of Mountjoy School, Hibernian Marine School in coastal Clontarf, and Bertrand & Rutland School.
Hibernian Marine School was a charity school founded in 1766, originally to provide for the orphans and children of seamen. The school was located off Seafield Road in Clontarf, Dublin, where the Seacourt estate now stands. Mountjoy School was a boarding school in Mountjoy Square (in the same building was the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Schools) founded in 1896. It later moved to the current location in Clontarf.
Bertrand & Rutland School was in Eccles Street on the northside of Dublin, it was a Church of Ireland School. Bertrand & Rutland School had been formed by a 1947 merger of Rutland School and Bertrand High school, the latter of which was formed by the merging of Bethesda Female Orphan School and Bertrand Female Orphan School in 1943. The Bertrand and Rutland Fund still funds scholarships to Protestant schools in Ireland.
Hibernian Marine School amalgamated with Mountjoy School in 1968 and became Mountjoy & Marine School. The school later amalgamated with Bertrand & Rutland and took the name of Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1972.
Mount Temple Comprehensive School had about 450 students when it opened in 1972, which rose to over 700 students in the 1980-90s and from 2010 to 2020 had almost 900 students. There have been plans for many years for a new school to be built on site to cater for these extra students. In October 2020, the planning inspector recommended planning permission be granted, despite some local objections, clearing the way to build a three-storey school that can accommodate one thousand students.
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Mount Temple was the school where the rock band U2 was formed. In September 1976, 14-year-old drummer Larry Mullen Jr. posted a notice on the school's noticeboard, looking for fellow musicians. All four members of U2 are former pupils of the school.
During the summer months the whole school facility is used by the Centre of English Studies (CES), catering for hundreds of international students who come to Dublin to learn English.
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