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Guidance Counselling

A guidance counsellor is a great source of help for both parents and students alike, a person who can help you understand educational goals and meet them. It is not uncommon to be struggling with school, mental health, or life in general. Many feel isolated, especially young people who are still developing their voice and their place in the world. An appointment can be made through the school or by contacting Ms. O'Keeffe directly via email

You can also find further information on Ms. O'Keeffe's "Guidance Counselling" page through the link below:

Student Support Team

Our Student Support Team help to ensure the Edmund Rice Secondary School supports the contribution that each member of the school community makes in helping us to realise our school mission.

Our Student Support Team meets on a fortnightly basis to ensure that all of our students needs are being recognised and that relevant supports are put in place to meet these needs.

Members of the support team are continuously liaising and working with subject teachers, class teachers and management. Such teamwork coupled with the relatively small size and familiarity of our community helps us to ensure that care is tailored to meet the individual’s needs.

Members of the Student Support Team are:

Ms Majella Gleeson (Principal)

Ms. Linda Barry (Vice Principal)

Ms. Aileen O’Keeffe (Guidance Counsellor)

Ms. Eimear O’Neill

Mr. Christopher Stephenson

Ms. Gillian Wheatley

Ms. Chloe Shaw

Ms. Fiona Walsh  

Mr Ronan Guilfoyle

Ms Karen Gallagher

Ms MaryBridget Lenane

Ms Jennifer Flynn

Ms Niamh Comerford

Ms Marijana Shostak

Ms Barbara Mansfield


Year Heads

Duties: Promote the ethos of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust


Pastoral Care:

  • Dealing with pastoral issues:

  • Referring students to Counsellor/Student Support Team.

  • Checking in on students and liaising with home

  • Attend Student Support Team Meetings to discuss and plan for the pastoral care of students in the year group; meeting with Peer Mentors;

  • Liaising with external agencies and providing feedback (CAMHS, Social Services etc.).

  • Organising assemblies to promote positive discipline (data gathering from class teachers /teachers and students and key messages for delivery)



Class Teachers

Care and attention is paid to the general well-being of the students through the appointment of class teachers. Class teachers are the first point of contact and help pupils throughout the school each day whenever difficulties arise. Class teacher checks student journals, uniform and punctuality.



Student Prefect Team

Each incoming First Year is befriended by a 6th Year student, a member of the Student Prefect Team. The Prefect Team help ease the transition from Primary to Secondary School. A series of events including a quiz, an outing, hurling blitz soccer tournaments and a Christmas party for example are organised in the school for First Years. Regular events and meetings take place throughout the year.

Paired reading activities are also organised throughout the year where TY students tutor the First-Year students as a strategy to improve literacy development amongst both groups.

Students have a valuable contribution to make to the effectiveness of the Edmund Rice Secondary School and their involvement in the operation of the school is itself a valuable part of the educational process for them.

Our Student Prefect Team gives students an opportunity to acquire the sort of communication, planning and organisational skills which will be of benefit to them in their future lives.

It enables students to take responsibility for projects, and to demonstrate that they can manage and bring such projects to successful conclusion.

The general objectives of our Student Prefect Team in the ERSS include.  

  • To enhance communication between students, management, staff and parents.  

  • To promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development.

  • To promote friendship and respect among pupils

  • To support the management and the staff in the development of the school.

  • To represent the views of the students on matters of general concern to them.

  • To organise and partake in a number of fund-raising initiatives in the ERSS.


Student Prefect Team meet on a fortnightly- monthly basis.


Learning Support

Edmund Rice Secondary School fosters equality and inclusion and strives to ensure that the educational needs of all students are catered for in a caring way.

ERSS is equipped with a growing Learning Support Department that provides students who are experiencing learning difficulties with the vital support needed to achieve their potential.
Members of our Learning Support Department liaise closely with the surrounding primary schools to establish the needs of individual incoming students.

Students with Student with Special Educational Needs may receive extra help in a number of different ways depending on the needs of the individual child.

One to one tuition, small group tuition and team teaching are all utilised within the ERSS.

Students, parents and teachers work hand in hand to devise plans suitable to the student’s needs.

Student Subject Support:

Our teachers are available to support their students in school and from home. Teachers use Microsoft Office Teams in class and students can find their class material here as well as contact teachers with any queries they might have. Teachers can also be contacted directly via email. A full list of staff emails can be found in the link below:

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