Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome

As the newly appointed principal to Edmund Rice Secondary School, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our school website.

Edmund Rice Secondary School is a school with a long and proud history stretching back to 1805, when it was established as the second Christian Brothers School in Ireland. Its objective was to provide a Catholic education to boys in the Carrick-on-Suir area. We are fortunate to cater for students from a large hinterland which includes parts of Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny.

The schools mission statement challenges us all to “Learn together, succeed together, in a respectful manner”. This statement points to the areas of school life which are most valued in our school – the promotion of teaching and learning, in a caring community, where everyone is valued. Students of all abilities are supported by our committed, enthusiastic and highly skilled staff. While this caring attitude permeates into everything we do in the school, students are expected to be active learners where they are challenged by their teachers to achieve their potential, whatever that may be.  We are also committed to the extra and co-curricular aspects of a boy’s education. We encourage the boys to engage in many different activities. The school is very proud of its sporting history. We have competed at and succeeded in the top levels of many sporting fields from hurling to soccer, athletics and rugby. We have also looked to develop the co-curricular talents of our students whether it be through the BT Young Scientist competitions, maths Olympiad and many more.

Partnership is a key element of the success of our school. As well as the work of our Board of Management, we encourage the work of our Parents and Student Councils to ensure student and parent voices are not only heard but acted upon in the development of our school. We are grateful also for the support of our trustees, the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) and their continued presence in our school. As well as offering practical support to their schools in the areas of student council and board of management training etc., ERST ensures that our schools have a strong voice nationally and internationally in conversations around the development of education. As an ERST school, we are conscious that we have responsibilities also to raise awareness around social justice issues. As such, we have developed strong links with advocacy groups through our Model United Nations work, as well as the establishment of a vibrant Young St. Vincent de Paul and Social Justice Committee in recent years.

In conclusion, I thank you for taking the time to examine our website. Through the hard work and creativity of our staff and students, the site gives a flavour of life in our small but vibrant school.


Anthony Leahy


About our School

The Edmund Rice Secondary School, Carrick on Suir, is a Catholic Voluntary school under the trusteeship of The Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) Formed in 1805, it was the second Christian Brothers School in the country. The present building was built in 1978 and extended in 1994 to meet the needs of an expanding curriculum.

In the years since 1805, the school has provided an education to the boys of Carrick on Suir and surrounding areas. In a rapidly changing world the school continues to provide a Catholic education in the Edmund Rice Tradition. 

Our Mission Statement

"To provide a caring Christian community, which celebrates effort and talent in an environment of hope and happiness"

Our mission statement permeates every aspect of school life. It reflects the vision of ERST in promoting full personal and social development of each student and striving to create an atmosphere where teaching and learning can excel.


The creation of a safe and positive learning environment is at the heart of what we do. We want our students to achieve their academic potential and to leave the school with a skill set which prepares them for an ever changing world. 

Our School Vision

“Learn together,

succeed together

In a respectful environment”


Our vision was drawn up in the recent past by all members of the school community with a particular emphasis placed on the thoughts of the students. It reflects how we go about our daily lives in the Edmund Rice Secondary School.


Our School and the ERST charter

The education provided in our school is premised on the ERST charter:


The Charter:

Edmund Rice was that rare combination – a creative visionary who was also immensely practical. From the humble beginnings of the first such school in Waterford in 1802, Edmund Rice Schools have played an important role in the history of Irish education for over two centuries. Today there are over a hundred of these schools in Ireland, and the Edmund Rice mission has extended to all five continents.

ERSS Carrick-on-Suir was the second school founded by Blessed Edmund Rice. Founded in 1805 based on the prototype in Mount Sion it started the revolution of Edmund Rice education in Ireland and around the world. There are currently 250,000 students attending such schools every year around the world. The great news for Blessed Edmund is than new schools are still being opened in his name and under the patronage of ERST. The newest ERST School in Carraigaline, Co. Cork opened its doors to its first students in September 2016.

At the start of the new Millennium, the Christian Brothers founded by Blessed Edmund Rice decided to hand on responsibility for the schools to a group of lay people.

The Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) was established to hold the schools in trust so that they may continue to provide Catholic education into the future for the people of Ireland. This pioneering decision marked the opening of a new and significant chapter in the history of the schools.

The process whereby lay people would take on responsibility for the schools was carefully planned during a long period of discernment. The lively and active participation of the students, staff, parents, trustees and boards of management of the schools over a four year period from 1999 to 2003 in an Identity Project was a vital part of this preparatory phase. Through reflection, and sharing, the school partners sought to reach consensus on what comprises the heart and soul of an Edmund Rice School.

Edmund Rice schools cater for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds and have been quick to respond to the emerging needs of students and communities. The educational approach in the schools is neither functional nor utilitarian, but subscribes to the holistic vision expressed in the following five key elements:

·         Nurturing faith, Christian spirituality and Gospel-based values;

·         Promoting partnership;

·         Excelling in teaching and learning;

·         Creating a caring school community;

·         Inspiring transformational leadership.