Welcome to the website of St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh.
I trust that it will give you an initial impression of the life and work of the school and introduce you to our friendly, caring, supportive & successful educational environment.
The education and welfare needs of the school community remains our priority over the weeks ahead.
Support & guidance will continue remotely for your son’s educational and pastoral wellbeing.
However, should you or he feel the need to contact someone for support with regards his wellbeing or just a query about a school related issue please make contact via telephone 028 37522018 as the school will be staffed each day.
Key Stage 3 Remote Learning
Dear Parent / Guardian,
Given the challenging times we are living through, and the fluidity of the situation, we are grateful for the resilience and positivity of our staff & students in moving quickly to remote learning again.
After listening to parental, student & staff concerns and suggestions while also taking into account the experiences of the last lockdown, we have been working on a plan to help streamline our approach to remote learning.
We are rolling out the following Year 8, 9 & 10 approach in the belief that it will help deliver high quality teaching and learning that is manageable and supportive to staff, parents and students.
We intend to provide a schedule of work for students in Key Stage 3 that allocates approx. 5 subjects a day for them to work on, proportionate to the timetable allocation of that subject. (see links below)
Teachers will upload the work for that day by 10am at the latest to allow students to work steadily throughout the day and to choose the order in which they wish to complete it.
Teachers will respond to questions on Google classroom regarding the set work on that day also.
Desired outcome of this approach:
We hope this mitigates against some of the understandable challenges to remote learning by;
- Giving teachers enough time to mark / feedback to students in between the days when setting work or giving lessons.
- Allowing Teachers the flexibility to:
- deliver live lessons to Key Stage 4 & Post-16
- attend staff zoom meetings that will arise without having to be online teaching at that time.
- Understanding that teachers have a range of ICT knowledge and skills in relation to delivering live lessons and other remote strategies and allowing for variety of approach.
- Supporting Families who have to share devices at home.
- Supporting Families with adequate devices but who don’t have not sufficient wifi strength for everyone to work at once to choose how to manage the day.
- Allowing parents to oversee completion of Work.
- Enabling students to develop their independent learning skills and helping them manage work.
- Ensuring students are not overburdened by Work.
- Providing a manageable routine in a very chaotic situation.
- Striking a healthy balance between managing the pressures of the current climate and responding to our duties as staff.
- Getting a balance between protecting emotional well-being and providing sufficient challenge and development for all.
If you have any issues or concerns during this enforced lock-down, please feel free to contact the school during the normal school working hours.
Below are links to view the Key Stage 3 Plans:
Click here to View the Year 8 plan.
Click here to View the Year 9 plan.
Click here to View the Year 10 plan.
The Google Classroom Codes for the 2020/21 year are now active.
When trying to access Google Classroom students should use an existing Google account or create a new Google account. They must use their own name when creating or using their Google account. Students do not need to know their C2k username to access Google classroom.
Click here to see the full list of codes.
COVID-19 Abesence Protocols
Delivery of GCSE and A-Level Qualifications 2020/21
Links Counselling Services
We are delighted that Links Counselling Services will continue to support our students in 2020/21. Please get in touch or encourage your son to refer himself if you feel he would benefit from the service. #AlwaysListening
Our Positive Behaviour Policy
Click here to read our full positive behaviour policy.
St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh, held an Open Day for P7 students and their parents recently. Visitors were welcomed on arrival to St Patrick’s by School Principal, Mr Dominic Clarke, and addressed by Niall McBride, St. Patrick’s Head Boy, and Year 8 student Ruairi Doyle, as they described their experiences in St Patrick’s. Ross Cunningham, a Year 10 student, also performed a song from our recent school production, Our Day Out. These speeches gave Primary 7 pupils and parents an impression of life in St. Patrick’s and highlighted the ability of staff to bring out the best in every student-academically, artistically and in sporting endeavours. Head Boy, Niall, summed up his experiences over the past seven years by referencing the school motto “Fratres In Unum” which translates as Brothers Together and spoke warmly of the support, friendship and academic opportunities afforded him in St. Patrick’s. Mr Clarke reinforced this by reassuring parents that “Here in St. Patrick’s your child will experience an excellent, quality, challenging education. We have the highest expectations for all students and St. Patrick’s staff work very hard to ensure that every student has the opportunities to reach their full potential.
We offer an 11-19 education – a broad, balanced curriculum that caters for all talents and abilities; challenging each boy to thrive and develop.”
Senior Prefects, Year 8 students and staff then teamed up as guides to direct the visitors around the school’s extensive facilities and to view the work of students past and present. Having viewed many of the school’s departments parents and Primary 7 students commented on the warm and friendly atmosphere of St. Patrick’s Grammar School