Beginning an Application

The application process starts approximately three years before entry with the completion of our registration form and a first visit to the school should you wish. However, some families only begin the process a year before entry. Whatever your individual needs, we will work closely with you to ensure the smooth progress of your application. 

You can download a copy of our registration form here. Once complete please return to the school.

Personal Visit

If you would like to know more about the school and avail of a personal visit, please contact Mrs Clifford in the school office to arrange this. Her direct number is 021 4358012.

Alternatively click here to be taken to a short online form that you can fill in and we will get back to you.

During a personal visit you will meet with Mr McBeth, our Principal, have a tour of the school with some of our students, and meet with any other staff members you feel would be helpful to you at this stage of your decision making process.

In some cases parents request to speak with our SEN Coordinator, Ms McInerney, and this can be arranged during your visit also.

Open Evening

In addition to personal visits, we also hold an Open Evening each September. Our next Open Evening will be Thursday 12th September 2019 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this event and you do not need to apply in advance. During the Open Evening you and your daughter will be given the opportunity to tour the school with our students, meet our staff, observe some classes and generally enjoy the atmosphere of the school. Presentations will be given by the Principal, Mr McBeth, Ms Goggin (Deputy Principal) and Ms O'Dea, our Head of 1st Year. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session.

Meeting with the Principal

If you submit a registration form to the Ursuline Secondary School you will receive a letter in early January of your daughter’s year of entry inviting you to a meeting with Mr McBeth. You will usually attend this meeting with your daughter and it is another opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Mr McBeth will finalise the application process at this time.

Click here for a checklist of the information you should bring to this meeting.

CAT4 Tests

In late February / early March (specific dates outlined below) all girls who intend to join the school for the next academic year will be invited to attend a cognitive ability test (CAT) at the school. This test is run by an external agency and as such there is a €35 charge. 

The dates of next years CAT4 tests are:

Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 1.30pm    

Parents will be provided with the results of the CAT4 test at the New Student Information Evening.

Please note that the CAT4 test is not an entrance exam, rather it is a diagnostic assessment that is designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn best and what their academic potential might be. It assesses how students think in areas that are known to make a difference to learning. Given this, no preparation is required for this test.

New Student Information Evening

Parents will receive another invite to school for a new student information evening. The event will take place in mid May 2020. During the evening parents will be provided with additional information about the school with specific emphasis being placed on how to prepare for the year ahead. There will be a Q&A sessions followed by informal meetings with teachers.

Summer Mailings

During the summer break parents will receive further information to help them and their daughter prepare for her first day at the Ursuline Secondary School.

Admissions Policy

You can view a copy of our Admissions Policy here.

Contact Us

Ursuline Secondary School Blackrock, Cork, T12HR04

Phone: 021 - 4358012

Email: ursulineschool@gmail.com

Useful Information

Opening Hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm

Mr Patrick McBeth

Deputy Principal:
Ms Paula Goggin

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