The Board of Management consists of the following eight members:
Patron’s Nominees: Rev Ian Gallagher (Chairperson) and Nigel Merideth
Teaching Staff: Ann Andrews (Principal) and Edel McGlynn
Parents: Margot Brama (Hon Secretary) and Simon Grier
Community Representatives: Julie Bond (Hon Treasurer) and Ronnie Fitzell
The Board of Management manages the school on behalf of the Patron and is accountable to the Patron and the Minister of Education. The Board also upholds the ethos of the Church of Ireland and is accountable to the Patron for so doing. The members of the Board of Management share corporate responsibility for the governance of the school. Their role is confidential and embraces decisions that are made in the best interests of all in the school community.
The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, including guidance and direction of the teachers and other staff of the school, and is accountable to the Board for that management.
The School is registered as a Charity (20118242) as per Section 9 of the Education Act, 1998.
The Boards of Management of all Irish primary schools are appointed for a four-year term, from the 1st December 2015 to 31st November 2019, and adhere to the provisions of the Department of Education’s Governance Manual for Primary Schools.
St. Brigid’s National School is a co-educational national school subject to the rules and regulations of the Department of Education and Skills.
It is also a Church of Ireland School and, accordingly, the traditions and teaching of our church informs the position taken in regard to moral issues, which may arise in the teaching of secular subjects. The work of the school is conducted in the atmosphere of tolerance and respect for religious differences.
The Board of Management and the staff seek to create a Christian ethos and approach within the school. Pupils are expected to take part in the whole life of the school, including Religious Education. These classes are based on the curriculum for religious education devised by the Board of Education of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. There is a very close link between our school and St. Brigid’s Church. The pupils attend a Church service every Friday morning and there are some special church services during the academic year.
The school is a community where moral values such as honesty, truthfulness, justice, fairness, sensitivity to others and civic responsibility are fostered and developed. All pupils are equally respected and valued. Pupils experience and share a sense of caring and belonging. They are treated fairly and their spiritual, moral and religious development is encouraged, as is their intellectual, social and academic development.