FAQs

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1. Why consider Stratford for your child?

Stratford College is a co-educational, fee paying secondary school which welcomes students on a both a multi-denominational and no faith basis. Stratford’s students avail of a broad based academic curriculum, a progressive approach to the use of new technology in education and a highly engaged teaching and parental community. 

The highest academic standards are promoted in Stratford with the majority of our students going on to 3rd Level education. Stratford College is regularly in the top 25 schools for higher point courses. Our classes are mixed ability and the majority of our students take higher level at both junior and senior cycle.

2. What is our Admissions Policy?

Our Admissions Policy is available here. See the admissions section of this website for details about enrolment and subject options.

3. Where are we located?

We’ve been in Rathgar for the last 60 years. We have educated generations of students during that time and share our well resourced campus with our sister school Stratford National School.

See here for map.

Harolds Cross
If coming out from town, when you come to the crossroads at Kenilworth take the second left i.e. Rathgar Avenue. Continue straight, through the village of Rathgar and you meet a “Y” junction. Stratford College is on your right, on this “Y” junction.

Terenure
If leaving Terenure, heading for Rathfarnham, turn left onto Bushy Park Road. Continue down Bushy Park Road, round the bend of the church onto Zion Road.  Continue straight to the “Y” junction. Stratford College is on yourleft on this “Y” junction.

Rathmines
Heading out of Rathmines by the Rathgar Road, continue straight until you come to the main intersection in Rathgar Village. At the traffic lights turn left onto Orwell Road and continue straight to the “Y” junction. Stratford College is on your right on the “Y” junction.

Milltown
When you come up the hill from the Dropping Well pub turn left at the traffic lights onto Orwell Park. Continue to the T junction at the end of Orwell Park and turn right. Continue on straight past the Driving Test centre towards the “Y” junction just before Rathgar Village. Stratford College is on your left on the “Y” junction.

Buses
15A and 15B to Rathgar Village
14 Orwell Road
74A Orwell Road/Zion Road
17, 65, 49A, 16 & 16A to Terenure Village, a short walk away

4. What is the ethos of our school?

Whilst founded and supported by the Jewish community in Ireland, Stratford College welcomes students on both a multi-denominational and no faith basis.

5. What is the size of our school?

Stratford College has a class size average of under 25 pupils per class, with a ratio of 50:50 boys to girls.

6. What subjects do we offer?

Stratford College offers and supports a wide curriculum through the following programmes: Junior Certificate; Transition Year; Leaving Certificate Vocational; Leaving Certificate.

Currently, we offer a broad range of subjects 11 examinable subjects for Junior Cycle and 16 for Leaving Certificate along with SPHE, Guidance, IT and PE.

The Arts

Stratford College has a thriving creative student community consisting of young writers, film makers, photographers and artists. We pride ourselves on their resourceful and innovative ideas, key skills required in a knowledge society. Our biannual Arts Week provides opportunities for our students to work with up and coming musicians, artists and writers. Art, Music, Music Technology, History, Geography, Classical Studies, Jewish/Hebrew Studies, Drama, Film Studies and Film Making, Photography and Public Speaking are provided by the school through regular classes and after school activities.

Science/Maths

Our Science Department strive to foster the development of problem solving skills and discovery learning through its teaching methodologies, involvement in Science Week, SciFest and in the Young Scientist Exhibition. All Junior Cycle students study Science for the Junior Certificate Examination. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered at senior level in the well-stocked science laboratory. Project  Maths is taught up to and including Higher Leaving Certificate Level.

ICT

ICT supports and promotes the curriculum a variety of ways some of which are listed below:  ECDL (European Computer Driver’s Licence: ICT and Computing Curricula) for Junior Cycle and TY students; Office 365 for Education; Science; English: on-line blogs; newsletters; Library; Digital Photography; ; Languages; Graphics; Film Studies; Media Studies (Digital Cre8tor programme. Fetac Level 3 Certification); Music Technology; Career Guidance; Learning Support.

Languages

Irish and French are actively promoted and encouraged through the use of the most progressive teaching methodologies, cultural trips, exchange visits and immersion courses.

Business

Business is offered to all Junior Certificate students. Business, Accounting, Economics and Enterprise Education are the options for Leaving Certificate. Entrepreneurial skills are actively cultivated in both junior and senior classes through the creation of the mini-companies and involvement in Enterprise Education.

7. Do we use computers in our teaching and learning?

IT supports and promotes the curriculum a variety of ways some of which are listed below

  • Well equipped classrooms with overhead projectors, PCs and laptops.
  • Specialist rooms, i.e: science laboratory and computer lab with the latest high specification equipment including interactive smartboards.
  • Bring Your Own Tablet (BYOT) policy for students and staff. Our IT infrastructure supports all mobile devices.
  • All students and staff have Wi-Fi access.
  • Office 365 for Education. All students and staff have school email addresses.
  • Digital Portfolios through OneNote.

During 2013 - 2016, Stratford College has made significant investments in the school's ICT infrastructure. Upgrades to the cabling network, server, Wi-Fi, 100MB broadband internet connection, classroom and computer lab computers, school management system, school website and Virtual Learning Environment enable Stratford to effectively implement 21st Century teaching and learning methodologies inside and outside the classroom.

Office 365 for Education and Digital Portfolios

Office365 is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for students and teachers of Stratford College. Not only are class notes, texts and homework posted online, students and teachers can work collaboratively in class and outside class using OneNote.  Students and teachers use OneNote to create digital portfolios.

Stratford YouTube Channel

Student work and school events are showcased through Stratford's YouTube channel.

Stratford Library

Students and staff can access the Library webpage for up-to-the minute information and online resources. Click here to see these resources.

Stratford Podcasts

Stratford has a rich stream of podcasts of student work and school events

8. How do our students experience teaching and learning in Stratford?

Teaching Staff 

Our teachers are highly motivated and we pride ourselves on a very high level of teacher and student engagement. Subject departments and subject planning are important parts of school planning. The staff is working on new DES initiatives such as School Self Evaluation (SSE) and School Improvement Plans (SIP), Literacy and Numeracy and Junior Cycle Reform (JC2). You can see evidence of this in our subject blogs and DES subject inspections on our website as well as in regular reports that are made in newsletters, reports and letters from the Principal as well as at our regular information meetings with parents. 

The highest academic standards are promoted in Stratford with the majority of our students going on to 3rd Level education. An analysis of our student placement and results is presented annually to the Board of Management and to the Parents Association which show our results being consistently above the national average. We attribute this to the benefits of small class sizes in a range of subject options. Indeed, Stratford College is regularly in the top 25 schools in the country. Our classes are mixed ability and the majority of our students take higher level at both junior and senior cycle.

Department of Education and Skills Subject Inspections are published on our website and endorse the high standard of teaching offered to students.

DES Maths Inspection 2012: ‘All lessons were conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students were very positive about their learning and made good progress with assigned tasks.’

DES English Inspection 2010: English teachers are highly commended for the range of texts they teach from first to sixth year and for promoting the reading habit’.

DES Science and Physics 2010: The positive classroom rapport supported student learning and led to very successful learning outcomes. Affirmation of students was evident in all lessons and this consolidated the positive atmosphere.

Student Centred Learning

Our teaching practices include profiling of students, individualised student reports, the most effective teaching and learning methodolgies

See here for school policies on Teaching and Learning.

 

9. What about our teaching staff?

We have committed teachers who are passionate about their subjects and are actively engaged in 21st teaching methodologies such as thinking independently and creatively which allow our students to flourish. We are committed to our staff’s Continuous Professional Development and active participation in best practice teaching. The level of engagement by our staff with their students is exemplary.

10. What sports do we offer and what sports facilities do we have?

Stratford College offers a seasonally varying sports programme that includes basketball, tennis, tag rugby, circuit training, gaelic football, orienteering, athletics and cross country running. The Transition Year programme includes skiing, yoga, outdoor pursuits, sailing and self-defence. Our extra- curricular activities include swimming and golf. Our sporting facilities consist of two outdoor basketball courts, spacious multi-purpose outside pitch and indoor hall and the use of the adjacent Rathgar Tennis Club facilities. See here for our sports blog.

11. How do we support students with special education needs?

We have the support of Learning Support, Resource and English as a Foreign Language (EAL) teachers. Access to all of these supports are allocated as relevant and gifted children are supported through small class sizes. See here for further details.

12. What co-curricular activities do we offer?

Sport

Football, Basketball, Tennis, Fun fitness, Leinster Rugby training, Table-tennis, Running club, Spinning Swan Leisure, Skiing, Sailing, Surfing, Athletics, School Walk, An Gaisce – The President’s Award

The Dramatic Arts

Stratford's Got Talent Show
Art Portfolio Club
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Irish Pantomime and Films
Drama Workshops
School Choir
Music Social Club
Music Lessons

Public Speaking

Debating and Public Speaking Workshops
European Youth Parliament (EYP)
Poetry Aloud National Competition
L & H Debates Trinity College
Leinster School of Music and Drama Exams

Positive Education

Friendship Week
Social Action Week
Green Schools

Active Citizenship

Student Council
Young Social Innovator (YSI)
Mini-Companies
Student Mentors
An Gaisce – The President’s Award

The Humanities

Law Week
Ides of March Classical Studies Quiz
Interschool History Quiz
Board Gamers Club
Creative Schools Award

The Sciences

Science Club
CoderDojo@Lunch
SciFest
Google 'Call to Code' Competition
Science Week
Tech Week
Maths Week
Interschool Science Quiz
Interschool Maths Quiz

Literacy

World Book Day
Bring A Book, Buy A Book
TY Magazine
Student Blogs
Book Club
Drop Everything And Read (DEAR time)
Inter-Library Table Quiz
MS Readathon
Library Prefects

13. What is our Transition Year Programme?

Transition Year in Stratford College is an active and dynamic year for students to learn the key skills of independent learning and active involvement in our community. See here  for up to date details.

14. What achievements have we had?

Our students participate successfully in a number of external competitions and forums, have won entrance scholarships to third level institutions and represented Ireland in international events. See here for more details.

15. What are our past pupils doing?

Have a look at our past pupils blog for what are most recent past pupils are doing. Others have qualified in psychology, science, teaching, accountancy, law, art, drama, veterinary and music to mention a few. See here for more.

16. What role do our parents play in Stratford?

Our Parents Association is run by a committed and enthusiastic group of parents who play an important role in the life of our school. See here for more details.

17. How are we involved with our local community?

We have industry, voluntary, sporting and academic links within and outside our local community which give a special dimension to our school. We encourage participation in An Gaisce, Community Week, Work Experience, fund raising for local charities, Social Action Week (Mitzvah Week), industry internships, visiting third level institutions, Arts Week and Science Week, Log on to Learning, Friends of Stratford Business Network and Rathgar Business Association etc

18. How do we promote Health and Well Being in Stratford?

At Startford College we believe in community and a sense of belonging. These are the building blocks that help an individual build a sense of resilience and connectedness – vital for positive mental health. The whole school environment and the formal and informal relationships between teachers and students all impact on students’ experience of wellbeing in school. For more details on how Stratford strives to support students, click here.

19. Do we teach religion in Stratford?

The school provides religious instruction for Jewish students only, the Department of Education and Skills Junior Cycle Jewish Studies (Cultural Studies) curriculum and Leaving Cert Hebrew. Click here for information on the junior cycle curriculum and here for general information.

20. Are you looking for information on Judaism in the Junior Cycle Religious Education (RE) course?

Visit the Jewish Studies section of our school library by clicking here and you will find some general information on Jewish religious holidays here. Good luck with your research!

21. How much are our fees?

Our fees for the current Academic Year are: €4,150. Extras such as school trips are options and parents should budget for about €500 extra for books and uniform. There are a number of payment incentives and options including family and teacher/staff discounts, scholarships and bursaries available. Please see our Fee Schedule or contact the school office for more details.

Announcements

  • Winter 2017 eZine published


    Download the latest Stratford e-Zine here.

  • DES Programme Evaluation in Transition Year


    Read the Department of Education and Skills Report on the Programme Evaluation in Transition Year. The inspection was in November 2016.

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