In 2022, the Department of Education (DE) granted Patronage of a new special school in the Cork County and Cork City areas to Cork Education and Training Board. Cork Education and Training Board is excited at being granted this new school and we look forward to working with all the stakeholders to develop a school that meets the needs of our students, their parents and the wider school community.
Rochestown Community Special School (RCSS) is a Community Special School that will provide for the needs of students with autism and complex learning needs and for students with complex learning needs who require the support of a special school, from the beginning of Primary school up to eighteen years of age.
As per DE regulations, students will leave school at the end of the school year in which they reach the age of 18 years old. To facilitate this age band, the range of classes extend from primary to post primary. Class groupings will be based on a combination of age, appropriate peer groupings and the needs of each child.
The school operates within the regulations as outlined by the Rules for National Schools and relevant circulars and directives issued by the Primary/Special Education sections of the Department of Education. The school is funded by grants from the Department of Education. Staffing allocations are in line with those set out by the Department of Education. Under the direction of the Patron, the school will be managed on an interim basis by a Single Manager pending the appointment of a Board of Management. The Board of Management will made up of representatives of the Patron, parents, school staff and the community.