Carlow Educate Together National School was built in 2008 after a successful three-year campaign from a parents’ group. After starting off in Graiguecullen in an 8 classroom building in the Shamrock Business Park, a new school building was constructed near the site of the old sugar factory. This is a 16 classroom school with 2 integrated classes for children with ASD.
All of our classrooms have been built with plenty of space for each child and have all modern conveniences. Each room has access to fast broadband and an excellent wifi set up. All furniture has been granted by the Department of Education’s Buildings Section.
The following classes are currently in use:
- Junior Infants x 2
- Senior Infants x 2
- 1st class x2
- 2nd class x 2
- 3rd class x 2
- 4th class x 2
- 5th class
- 5th / 6th class
- 6th class
- 2 Integrated ASD Classes
Carlow Educate Together National School opened an integrated class for children with ASD on January 7th, 2009 and a second on 29th August 2013. It is the first of its type in Carlow Town. This class can cater for up to 12 children. There are 6 members of staff in the classes this year.
The Special classes provide several teaching methodologies, including TEAACH, to suit the individual child’s needs. Moreover, children are given opportunities to integrate with the mainstream classes. Therefore, children from the classes spend varying degrees of time with their peers and vice versa. It is hoped that, in time, the children will integrate completely and be able to cope well with the typical Irish classroom. Each year, several children have fully integrated into mainstream classes and this has worked really well and they are brilliantly supported. This system has seen huge benefits for all members of the school community and creates an inclusive atmosphere. An added feature for children in the school is the addition of a multi-sensory room, which was fully completed in mid-2010. We also have a Occupational Therapy room, where we can provide some limited OT.