St. Brigid’s National School is a modern, co-educational Primary School situated near Tullow, Co. Carlow. It currently has a teaching staff of 14 with 8 mainstream classes, two special classes , and three learning support teachers. The Principal this year, is Ms. Leah Mulhall, the Deputy Principal is Mr. Ger Twomey.
The motto of St. Brigid’s (or Grange National School as it is known locally) is ‘Mól an óige agus tiocfaidh sí’- meaning young people respond well to praise and encouragement. In Grange we welcome children from diverse backgrounds and beliefs and celebrate difference and inclusion.
Our school is proud of its heritage. It was founded in the late 1800’s when, originally, classes were held in the local church. A two teacher Catholic school was then set up in part of the current building, the original design of the school which has been preserved. Two extensions have been added in recent years and a third is underway, which will mean Grange will have a total of eight mainstream classrooms. In the past ten years our school community has grown from 45 pupils to 216 with further growth expected. However, it is a priority for the Board of Management and staff to maintain the charm of country school life and no more than one full class is enrolled each year.
In Grange we have lots of extra curricular activities- Irish dancing, music lessons, choir, football, swimming, basketball and rugby. The children take part in table quizzes, art, debating and writing competitions. Singing and music are highly regarded with annual performances for parents. An active Parents Association enhances school life and ensures a partnership approach to the education of our children.