The Patrician High School is a Catholic secondary school under the trusteeship of the Bishop and is run by a Board of Management that is made up of representatives of the trustees the parents and the teaching staff.
The Patrician High School has over one hundred years’ experience of education in Carrickmacross. Since it first opened its doors, on Monday 25th August 1902 when Br. Stanislaus Slattery enrolled 7 boys, it has promoted the personal, spiritual, physical, creative and academic development of its students. From its early base within the monastery itself the school moved to temporary accommodation in the Catholic Hall in 1907 and then onto O’Neill Street in 1909 when there was 28 pupils on the school roll. By 1963 there was an enrolment of almost 90 and it became clear to the Brothers that a new, larger school building was needed. The new High School was officially opened on Friday October 29th 1971 on its present day site with an enrolment of 175 pupils and a teaching staff of 15. At present the school has over 490 pupils and over 30 staff members. The school caters for pupils of all abilities, races and creeds.
The fundamental purpose of the school is to produce well educated, mature citizens by engaging students in activities which are designed to help them to come to a Christian maturity which leads them to base their lives on Christian principles.
Spiritual Needs of Students
The school has the service of a chaplain and offers several extra-curricular activities, on a voluntary basis, whose aim it is to promote the spiritual development of its students. These activities include retreats, pilgrimages and a number of charitable activities. A comprehensive Religious Education programme is followed by all students.