Stratford College is a co-educational fee-paying secondary school in Rathgar, Dublin 6. Originally founded by the Jewish community in 1954, today the school welcomes students of all faiths and none. This commitment to cultural and religious diversity, while at the same time being committed to the religious education and formation of our Jewish students, make our school truly unique.
Honouring the past, valuing the present and committing to the future
In honouring the past, valuing the present and committing to the future, Stratford College seeks to provide meaningful learning opportunities for all our students.
Stratford College is committed to providing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that helps each student progress and provide a safe environment for all students. As you will see, each year aims to provide important transitions and the acquisition of new skills that will enhance each student’s ability to apply learning in many ways.
Our mission is to provide a teaching and learning community committed to quality and excellence in education. We educate our students in an inclusive academic environment which fosters a sense of personal and academic achievement, respect for diversity and service to the community.
Our guiding principles are:
Quality: all learners will be offered a high quality education, characterised by high expectations of the learner and the pursuit of excellence. It will aim to generate engagement and enthusiasm and encourage participation.
Inclusive education: the curriculum will be inclusive of all learners and contribute to the achievement of equality of opportunity, participation and outcome for all.
Continuity: the curriculum will build on students’ learning to date, actively support their progress in learning, and facilitate them in preparing and planning for future learning.
Lifelong learning: Students will develop the skills of managing and directing their own learning that will assist them in meeting the challenges of life beyond school, in further and continuing education, and in working life.
History of our Building
The school was first located in a house called ‘Stratford’ on Terenure Road East. Some years later the opportunity to move the College to the present complex in Rathgar occurred. In 1981 a new building was erected. It was officially opened in 1983 as can be seen in a broadcast from the RTÉ Television Archives. Today only the elegant mid - Victorian facade remains of the original house.
'Glengyle, Rathgar: The History of a House and its Occupants', by Enda MacMahon (2016) explains in detail about the history of the building. View publication online.
And see Stratford in The Rare 'Ole Times! for archive photographs.
Stratford College - 60 Years A Growing
Our book, '60 Years A Growing' (2014) looks at Stratford through the eyes of some of our past students and staff.
Golden Jubilee: 2003
Stratford College celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2003. The 50th Anniversary celebrations were centered on the theme of Art in Stratford. Earlier in the year, a commemorative assembly was held at which Mrs Elaine Feldman, one of the school’s founders, spoke eloquently, and a number of past pupils and prominent members of the Jewish community and the wider school community were in attendance.
Stratford is proud of its rich 60-year heritage but also embraces the future with a dynamic and diverse student population.