In Pursuit of Excellence

Clare Champion, Friday, 28th January 2000

The pursuit of excellence in a caring environment is the stated aim of Ennis Community College, one of seven schools in Clare administered by the County Vocational Education Committee.

Recently, in a report to the committee, College principal Matt Power outlined a number of developments linked to these aims.

Ennis Community College is one of 140 post-primary schools selected by the Department of Education and Science for the School Development Pilot Project which adopts a systematic and collaborative approach to planning in order to help schools manage change in the best interests of their pupils.

The school is one of a small number of selected to pilot the Stay in School Initiative which funds projects aimed at increasing the retention rate of pupils in school until the successful completion of the Leaving Certificate.

With the first year intake for the current year up by ten per cent, the school has just over 600 students and a teaching staff of forty.  It operates in a modern complex which several times exceeds in extent the original Ennis Vocational School established in 1938 with 141 students.

Excellent results in the public examinations, a record number of students going on to third level courses and directly into well paid employment, plus noteworthy achievements in the extra-curricular areas, enhanced the college's profile.

Teacher Anna Glynn with students
Caroline Browne and Emer McMahon
in the International tele-services Year 2
class at Ennis Community College
Sylvia Keane in Science class at
Ennis Community College

Photographs by Eamon Ward, Clare Champion.

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