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Saint Andrew's College
Coláiste Naomh Aindriú

Coordinates53°18′19″N 6°12′05″W / 53.305416°N 6.201476°W / 53.305416; -6.201476 (St Andrews College)Coordinates: 53°18′19″N 6°12′05″W / 53.305416°N 6.201476°W / 53.305416; -6.201476 (St Andrews College)
Fee-paying independent School
MottoArdens Sed Virens
(Latin for'Burning Yet Flourishing')
Religious affiliation(s)inter-denominational (originally Presbyterian)
HeadmistressLouise Marshall
Age4 to 19
Number of studentsJunior School: 265 [1]
Senior School: 1000+ [2] (2011/2012)
Colour(s)Navy Blue and White
School fees€6,000 (approximate)

St Andrew's College (Irish: Coláiste Naomh Aindriú) is a co-educational, inter-denominational, international Independent day school, founded in 1894 by members of the Presbyterian community, and now located in Booterstown, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland. The school colours are blue and white.



Founded as a boys' secondary school at the end of the 19th century by members of the Presbyterian community, St Andrew's College celebrated its centenary in 1994. It was on 8 January 1894 that the College opened its doors at 21 St Stephen's Green in the centre of Dublin. This was to be the first of its three locations. The school grew rapidly from its original intake of 69 students. By the end of 1894 there were 203 boys in the school.[3]

Wellington Place[edit]

At the beginning of 1937 a move to new premises in Wellington Place, Clyde Road, along with a determined effort by past pupils and parents to stave off closure or amalgamation saw a revival in the fortunes of the College. In 1973, the school became co-educational and moved to a new site in Booterstown.[4]


St Andrew's College has both a primary and secondary school. The secondary school offers both the Leaving Certificate (Ireland) and the International Baccalaureate programme.[5]


Since 1984, St Andrew's is the only school in Ireland fully accredited by both the European Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[6][7]

International Baccalaureate[edit]

St Andrew's is one of three schools in Ireland to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.[8] A small number (usually around 70) of the school's students are in the IB programme.[9]

Model United Nations[edit]

St Andrew's organises St Andrew's Model United Nations (SAIMUN).[10] It is run over the first week in Easter in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.


The school's sports facilities consist of two hockey pitches, two rugby pitches, two hard tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, an indoor sports hall and a fitness centre. The major winter sports are rugby, basketball and hockey; the major summer sports are tennis, athletics and cricket.[11]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Your Child in St Andrew's College 2012". St. Andrew's College.
  2. ^ "St. Andrew's College". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ "History of SAC". St Andrew's College, Dublin. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Welcome". St Andrew's College, Dublin. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  5. ^ "St. Andrew's College Programmes". St. Andrew's College. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  6. ^ "St. Andrew's College profile". European Council of International Schools. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  7. ^ "CAISA Directory of Schools". New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Four Courts". 20 November 2007. St Andrew's is the only school in Ireland to offer the International Baccalaureate
  9. ^ "St. Andrew's International Baccalaureate Program". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  10. ^ "SAIMUN". SAIMUN. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Sport". St. Andrew's College. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  12. ^ White, Lawrence William. "Briscoe, Robert Emmet". Dictionary of Irish Biography. Retrieved 18 November 2012. A founding member of Fianna Fáil (1926), he served on its first executive committee
  13. ^ a b "Get To Know The Green Army Midfield". 17 July 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.

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