Homeroom - ASD Classes

The Homeroom is the collective name given to our three ASD classes. It is located adjacent to the main school building, and consists of 3 teaching & learning rooms, a cookery room, a resource room, a polytunnel and a ‘chill out’ room (sensory room). The Homeroom caters to students who have a diagnosis of Autism with a recommendation of a placement in a special class within a mainstream secondary school. 

Every aspect of teaching and learning in the Homeroom is student- centred. We focus on the strengths and interests of each student with additional educational needs. We support and guide these students, helping them navigate day-to-day challenges in secondary school. The Homeroom team, consisting of a Coordinator, Special Education Teachers (SETs) and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) work collaboratively to create a tailored curriculum to meet the needs of the individual students. 

Students attending the Homeroom can access mainstream subjects at both Junior and Leaving Certificate level, as well as Junior Cert Level 2 (L2LP) and the Homeroom Senior Programme (HRSP). Homeroom students also can enjoy a variety of programmes based in the Homeroom from Social Skills to Life Skills, Cooking, Horticulture, Arts & Crafts, Enterprise, among others. Throughout the academic year our students go on various day trips to promote independence and to develop their social skills in real life settings. 

The strong relationship between Homeroom staff, the students and their parents has a positive impact on all the students attending the Homeroom.

Admissions to the ASD classes operate in tandem with the main admissions process for the school. Parents can contact the main office for further information. Only students with both a diagnosis of ASD and a recommendation for a placement in a special class within a mainstream setting will be considered in accordance with the admission policy. 


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