Our Transition Year programme is offered on an optional basis but currently achieves over 90% uptake amongst our student body. It is a school-based programme and is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior and Senior Cycle.
Students undertake a block of Work Experience in TY as part of their program. This is an invaluable opportunity for them to develop real life practical skills.
There is no end-of-year state examination in the Transition Year - a decision made by the Department of Education and Skills to ensure that the focus of the year was learning-led rather than exam-driven.
The activity-based learning ethos of the year requires each school to engage in school-based assessment, which helps students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as develop the skills of self-assessment and reflection.
Assessment is ongoing, with portfolio assessment, project work, and exhibitions of students' work. Oral aural, practical and written activities all form part of this assessment process.
Students who have successfully completed the Transition Year Programme are awarded a certificate of participation by their school.