Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh

Mission Statement

Sancta Maria College is a Catholic Secondary School under the Trusteeship of CEIST.  It is managed by a recognised Board of Management.

  • We are committed to the promotion of Catholic/Christian values.
  • We foster the holistic development of each student.
  • We promote a supportive partnership between staff, pupils and parents.
  • We further the professional development of the staff and Board of Management.
  • We maintain the school as a resource in the local area.
  • We are committed to the ideal of equality in all aspects of school life.
  • We value a welcoming and caring atmosphere in the school.

School History

SANCTA MARIA COLLEGE LouisburghSancta Maria is the first Catholic co-education Secondary School in Ireland. The school was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1920. Twenty pupils started that year. There was a fee of £9 per student per year. A new Convent and school were built in 1924. The school struggled through many ups and downs until the numbers warranted the building of the two story building in 1960.  Extra classrooms were built in 1965. When the Free Education Scheme started in 1967 numbers in the school increased from about 110 in 1967 to 187 in 1970. At the end of the 1960s pupils from Clare Island and Inishturk Island started to board in the school. This continued well into the 1980s. Now students board with local families. Through the 1970s pre-fabricated buildings and the old Parochial House were used as classrooms. In 1986 the present building was opened. In 1999 the football ground was renovated to become an all weather pitch. The school resources are being continuously upgraded to deliver the highest level of education to all our students. At present there are 361 students and twenty-five teachers with three special needs assistants, secretarial and maintenance staff. The school has broadband access and new state of the art computers with overhead projectors in all classrooms.


News from Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh

06 Jan 2021
Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh News – December 2020

Christmas Activities Our TYs have also been making and selling beautiful Christmas wreaths to raise money for the…

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25 Oct 2020
Sancta Maria College Louisburgh News – October 2020

Sancta Maria College Artworks Feature in Irish Arts Review Sancta Maria College Louisburgh has featured in a recent…

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27 Feb 2020
Sancta Maria College Louisburgh Performs an Irish First in Spamalot!

Sancta Maria College Louisburgh performs an Irish first in Spamalot! Students of SMC Louisburgh recently became the first…

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09 Dec 2019
Sancta Maria Louisburgh Opens New School Building


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