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Dundalk Grammar School

Address: The Crescent, Dundalk, Co. Louth
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Description Dundalk Grammar School

  • Location: Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
  • Age of students: 12-18 years
  • Type of accommodation: residence, foreign  students are accepted at the age of 12
  • Type of education: mixed
  • Educational programs: full-time school / boarding school (9 days)
  • Director: Kirill Drury, Vice-Rector - Trevor Patterson
  • Total number of students: 295 boys 206 girls, totaling about 550 people.

The popular public school Dundalk Grammar School is a traditional school providing tuition for a five-day boarding school: Monday to Friday, children study and stay in a residence on campus, and spend their weekends in families (their own or host families).

Dundalk Grammar School is located almost on the shores of the Irish Sea, in the picturesque county of Louth: the distance to Belfast is 84 kilometers, and to Dublin International Airport - only 75 kilometers. In addition, just a five minute walk from the campus is a large railway station, which facilitates students travel, excursions and transfers.

The total number of pupils today reaches 550, 100 of them study on a five-day boarding school: they are citizens of Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as representatives of other countries (Germany, Japan, Spain, Korea). Each year, 80% of graduates receive the highest scores on final exams, 96% of them successfully enter the selected universities and colleges, which confirms the high level of academic preparation and the effectiveness of studying programs.

The classes in the Dundalk Grammar School are intentionally formed small in order to give the teacher the opportunity to give each student due attention: this is a maximum of 20 people, but the older students, the less a person engages with them in one group.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Dundalk Grammar School

Program name
from 19 800 € / year

Specially designed for students aged 15-16 years, the Transition Year course is a pride and the main feature of the Irish educational system. This is a soft, smooth transition to a high school where the student, besides general educational subjects, will have to work in the social sphere, to take part in public and charitable projects, to actively participate in sports and creativity.  This is an ideal start for foreign students who want to study abroad.

The list of disciplines studied is generally standard:

  • Art
  • Housekeeping
  • English
  • History
  • Music & Music Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • French
  • Geography
  • Business
  • Spanish.

Additionally, you can learn Irish, but this course is not strictly required for foreign students.

from 19 800 € / year

The high school course for pupils from 16 to 18 years provides for a prestigious certificate of Leaving Certificate. The student chooses from the general list 7-8 subjects, which are passed exams at the end of the course:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Music
  • German
  • LCVP - professional internships
  • English
  • History
  • Design and graphics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Construction and architecture
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economy
  • Building.

Additionally, you can learn Irish, but  this course is not strictly required for foreign students.

Accommodation and food

The five-day guesthouse is made possible by a comfortable school residence. It provides separate blocks for boys and girls (with separate entrances, the total number of residents is about 100 people), cozy common rooms for 5-10 people - the older the student, the less a person lives with him in one room. Facilities in sufficient quantity are located on the floors, as well as student kitchens, playrooms, lounge rooms with TV and DVD. The director and 8 qualified staff-educators are responsible for the hostel: they monitor the observance of cleanliness, order and discipline, and guarantee the complete safety of children. The residence is located just a stone's throw from the educational buildings, so the path to the classes does not take more than a couple of minutes.

The boarding school meals are organized in the school common dining room: the diet is varied, balanced, fully satisfies all the needs of the young organism. The menu mainly features traditional Irish cuisine, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, dietary options. The composition of the diet is changed constantly and regularly to give children the opportunity to choose food according to their own taste, to satisfy the needs and desires of everyone.

On Friday evenings, Dundalk Grammar School students go to host families (an option for foreign pupils), in which they spend the whole weekend. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know the indigenous Irish people, their customs and traditions, to practice language and communication skills. In families, students are provided with cozy, fully furnished private bedrooms (the rest of the house can be used as a family member), as well as three meals a day. Families attentively and carefully treat their wards, strive to provide them with the maximum level of comfort and safety, play the role of guardians for children who for a long time and some left their native country for studying. Most of the family homes are located in a quiet and respectable area of ​​Dundalk.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: art, biology, business, drama, French, graphic arts, history, Information Technology, Irish language, music, rhetoric, social sciencies, Spanish
Events list: Athletics, badminton, basketball, Chorus, football, hockey, Horseback Riding, music bands, rugby, tennis

Events Dundalk Grammar School

Much attention in Dundalk Grammar School is paid to sports and physical development of schoolchildren, on campus you can play:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Track and field athletics.

Students participating in the Transition Year program can additionally learn horseback riding or aqua aerobics, general fitness or learn to sail. Employees are convinced that regular sports activities not only have a beneficial effect on the physical development of children, but also bring up tempering, patience, perseverance, the ability to work in a team, a solid character. The most gifted pupils can take part in the work of school teams, for the rest open many electives, studios and clubs. Regular competitions are organized with other schools, regional competitions, friendly games and matches.

The creative direction is no less developed. Dundalk Grammar School employs a variety of vocal and theatrical companies, has its own orchestra and choir, the debate club, painting studio (watercolor, acrylic, gouache), pottery and sculpture are popular, you can master drawing and design, work with posters, ceramics or photography. There are separate classes in the production of speech, the sharpening of theatrical skill and acting. Artistically gifted children can exhibit their works at local and regional exhibitions.

Students constantly organize theater productions and musicals and even go with them on tours, competitions, festivals and collective performances, where they invariably show a high level of preparation and take prizes.

Musical lessons are available for students at all stages of studying: there is a junior and senior choir, a string orchestra. Troupes are constantly involved in a variety of contests and competitions (as the most prestigious is worth noting Feiseanna), participate in theatrical productions and provide accompaniment for musicals. Profile studying in playing the piano, wind or stringed instruments is available at an additional cost.

Equipment Dundalk Grammar School

The total area of ​​the campus Dundalk Grammar School reaches 10 acres: here is the main building - a majestic old mansion with a cozy courtyard inside, built in 1817, studying blocks, a large sports center, a comfortable residence, sports infrastructure (playing fields and grounds, tennis courts, hockey arena), as well as well-maintained gardens and lawns for walking and recreation.

All classrooms are equipped with the required equipment (computers, projectors, interactive whiteboards). In November 2013, a new building was built, in which the creative and craft workshops, an extensive library, a multimedia hall and scientific laboratories were placed comfortably.

Term dates and fees

The cost of 1 academic year (five-day boarding + family accommodation on the weekend) in the Dundalk Grammar School is 14,500 euros. The price does not include and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = 200 euros
  • Tuition fee (refundable) = 500 euros
  • Visa fees and services
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy)
  • Transfer in both directions
  • For students of the Transition Year - excursion program = 1000 euros
  • Medical insurance
  • Additional fee for accommodation during the Christmas and Easter holidays (if necessary)
  • Uniform school uniform
  • Teaching aids, books and materials
  • Courier delivery of the original invitation = 55 euros
  • Air tickets in both directions

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Pupils should provide the following documents:

  • Letter of recommendation from the teacher of English (from the previous school)
  • Report card for the last 2 years of study
  • Confirming sufficient level of English (IELTS 4.5, TOEFL450 or equivalent).


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Dundalk Grammar School reviews

Horrible place full of horrible staff and narcissistic pupils that made my experience hell. There is no such thing as empathy or common decency here. This does not exist here. I would have been happy if I was treated as a human instead of an animal. The school pretends to be something it is not. In reality it is a kip. Don't believe the fake presentation they set up for open day. Its all planned in advanced but it shows what the school is not. I don't think I will go through another bad experience like this ever again in my life. If you are naive enough to send your kin here then god help them.
Such a bad school. Introduction day is so fake I am currently in school there. I am a responsible person but wearing the wrong socks or shoes or coat One day should not have the coat taken off you and given a detention. Teachers are not as nice as they pretend to be. It’s a very FAKE school. DONT GO!
There whole uniform dress code thing is just an excuse for the school to seem elitist and mentally ware down its students for no reason. The teachers are psychopaths but pretend to be nice. I would have more respect for them if they were just honest about how they behave.

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- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
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- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
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