St. Declan's is part of the pioneering tradition of special education in Ireland. The school caters for children with mild levels of emotional and behavioural difficulties. The visionary aims of the original St. Declan's Association, constituted in 1959, are still very relevant today. These aims include:
- helping children overcome their particular difficulties as quickly as possible so as to enable a speedy return to mainstream schools
- teaching children at various levels within the same classroom, according to their individual abilities and needs
- providing children with additional individual help where necessary
Over the years the school has developed important links with psychologists, child guidance services and other special and mainstream schools. We also benefit from the assistance of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS).
While the pupils come from all religious backgrounds and all religions are respected, the ethos of the school is Roman Catholic and children are prepared for the sacraments at the appropriate ages.
The quality of education on offer at St. Declan's is characterised by the professional dedication of all those working here and by the creation of a caring environment within the school. Our school seeks to be a place of genuine Christian spirit where each member of the school community, whether management, staff, teacher, pupil, parent or past pupil, is treated with the highest respect.