St Joseph's Secondary School Rush Gets Boost With New Post-Primary School on the Way

St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush is to be given a massive boost in the coming months with additional school buildings being provided at a cost of around €1 million, to cater for the growing school population in the area.

The buildings which will include an Arts and Science block will cater for admissions for the 2011/2012 term. The current expansion of the school does not stop there. A Masterplan is to be carried out at the current Convent Lane location to assess the feasibility of building a new school on the existing site.

Pictured on left, School Principal, Patricia Hayden outside school building.


It is envisaged that the Masterplan on the site will be completed by the first quarter of 2012. In addition there will be a study of the Post Primary school site which was reserved as part of the Kenure LAP in 2009, to analyse if that is a better option. That site is 12 acres in total with playing pitches and open space specifically for use by the school.

Principal Patricia Hayden said, “We are very pleased that the Department of Education is taking a proactive approach to what we are seeking to achieve at St Josephs in Rush. We have had several meetings with representatives of the Department, here in Rush and in Tullamore. They have always been enthusiastic about our plans for the school. The announcement of the Masterplan and the study of the Greenfield site in Kenure is very welcome progress in our overall plans for the school.”

Ms Hayden also said, “We have over 126 enrolments for the 2011/2012 term and this number is increasing each year. Our school is providing a high standard of teaching and learning for our students and we are looking forward to our school population growing into the future. There are a number of progressive developments occurring over the coming two years, not least the use of technology as part of the learning experience at St Joseph’s.

It is planned to introduce Tablet computers for all of our incoming first year students in August 2012 which will go some way to alleviating the burden of carrying a heavy school bag and reduce the cost of schoolbooks for parents as well.”

St Joseph’s Secondary School is the only co-educated faith based post primary school in the region, which makes it quite unique and attractive for parents wanting to provide a catholic education for their children, in an inclusive atmosphere.

Patricia Hayden took over as Principal in 2007. St Josephs Secondary School was established in 1961 by the Sisters of Mercy religious order as a post primary school for girls and became a co-ed school in 1981. When the Sisters of Mercy handed responsibility of the school to CEIST in 2008 it became one of the 112 schools managed by the organisation.

If you are interested in having more information about enrolments at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush for the August 2012/2013 school year, call 018437534 or email