Our School

St. Mary’s National School is situated on a large two-acre site on the outskirts of Ballygarrett village. It was built as a four-teacher school in 1970 and replaced the old school building in the village, which dated back to 1915.  Due to expanding numbers the new school was extended in 1984 to accommodate five teachers. The school has had a number of classroom extensions and design modifications added in recent years as well as a new stone front and canopy. Our school has recently completed our ninth classroom and we have established a school library/sensory area and second green play area within the last two years. Faoi lathair, we have 8 mainstream classes, 1 special class (Acorn Room) 3 Special Education Needs teachers (one shared with another school) and two Supply Panel teachers.


The school building consists of nine classrooms with adjoining toilet facilities, a General Purpose Room, two Learning Support Rooms, Resource Teacher Room, Library/Sensory Area, Principal’s office, Secretary’s office, Staff Room, adult toilets and an open Courtyard.  We have four outdoor play spaces/facilities including two tarmac yards, enclosed astro area, large tarmac playground, staff car-park, a playing pitch and other grass play areas.


Our school is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.

Video showcasing various events, initiatives and traditions in our school.