Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh









Sancta Maria College is the first Catholic Co-education Secondary School in Ireland. It is a voluntary Catholic secondary school under the trusteeship of CEIST whose core values are inclusive of the Mercy philosophy of education. The school is located in the picturesque town of Louisburgh, bathing in the shadows of Croagh Patrick on the shores of Clew Bay in County Mayo.

Sancta Maria’s mission is to welcome, care for and support all within the school community through the promotion of:

  • Respect
  • Being just & responsible
  • Quality teaching and learning
  • An inclusive community
  • Life-long learning










School Environment

Each learner in the school is recognised as an individual with their own characteristics, talents and needs. With a caring and committed staff, great emphasis is placed on the holistic development of students as well as encouraging all students to achieve their academic potential.

The schools’ main aim is to provide a wide-ranging curriculum to students within which the school community strives to develop the talents they possess. The co-educational approach to learning places emphasis on equal opportunity for all, and provides flexibility in response to an ever changing society. 


The wide range of extra-curricular activities is a fundamental part of the schools’ endeavours, whether it is on the playing fields, the concert stage, the debating chamber, or elsewhere. All students are encouraged to partake fully in ECA’s that they are interested in.









Pictured above Transition Year students participating in their Musical "Little Shop of Horrors".

The girls’ cadette volleyball team recently captured the All-Ireland A Cup. Player Lisa Needham who was chosen for the Ireland volleyball team.











Pictured above the schools cadette volleyball team that recently won the All-Ireland A Cup.

Many sports and activities are practised in Sancta Maria, with further details on the school website.

Adult Education

Sancta Maria College offers a wide range of courses from the traditional and popular Business and Information Technology, to Childcare, Special Needs assisting and School Age Childcare. All courses lead to FETAC certification.

The team facilitates learning to the very highest standards. The Art facilities were recently upgraded to include a brand new kiln for pottery classes.

The school also boasts a state of the art computer suite with broadband access and modern I.T facilities. Access to laptops and iPads is also encouraged. There is no age limit on any of the courses offered by the college.

Special Educational Needs

Sancta Maria’s main objective for helping students with learning difficulties is to narrow the gap between the students' potential and his/her actual achievement.

The key is to diagnose these difficulties early on so that your son/daughter can use his/her strengths to work on any weaknesses.

The school has a dedicated Special Educational Needs team, trained in facilitating high achievers and those with specific learning needs.

A wide range of resources and methodologies are employed to help students reach their full potential.

Approaches used are of an eclectic nature, placing value on and embrace the different learning styles.

Student Council

The council represents each student attending Sancta Maria equally and acts as a voice for the students in the school, by bringing their intentions to the attention of the staff.

Members meet once a week to discuss matters that may have arisen. The council strives to make school life easier for the students by taking their opinions into consideration when discussing school matters.

The committee raises awareness on topics that affect students and propose suitable solutions to make student life easier for all. All representatives can be identified easily throughout the school as each member wears a student council badge.

School Website

The school has put great work into their website, with easy navigation, excellent content and high quality images included on the site. The website link for the school is where you will find lots more useful information on the school.










Pictured above are the school 1st years surfing back in September 2010.










Students taking part in chess, which is one of the lunchtime activies in Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh.