Our Lady's Secondary School in Belmullet in Co. Mayo

Since 1943 Our Lady's Secondary school has served the people of Erris with distinction. The school takes enormous pride in its work and in the friendly atmosphere that exists in the school where the uniqueness of each person is respected.

The school has maintained the highest standards in education. While academic excellence is essential, the religious formation, pastoral care and happiness of students is top priority. There is a well established pastoral care system within the school and there is a special conceren for students who are new to the school community. They are also in the fortunate position of having a Chaplain and counsellors available in the school.

The Trustees of the school are the Sisters of Mercy and the school is managed by a Board of Management consisting of representatives of the Trustees, elected parents and elected members of staff.

An active Parents' Association ensures strong links between home and school.

Our Lady's offers an extensive range of Programmes including:

  • Junior Certificate

  • Transition Year

  • Leaving Certificate

  • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

  • Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

  • Adult Education

  • Post Leaving Certificate courses

Junior Certificate

In addition to studying the subjects of Religious Knowledge, Gaeilge, English, Maths, Geography, History, French and Civic Social and Political Education, students also choose from the following list:

  • Home Economics

  • Materials Technology (Metal)

  • Materials Technology (Wood)

  • Science

  • Technical Graphics

  • Business Studies

  • Music

  • Art, Craft and Design

  • German

Transition Year

Transition Year is an optional year available to interested students at the end of Junior Cycle. Students continue to study the core subjects of Religious Knowledge, Gaeilge, English, Maths, Science, Art and French. Students are also given the opportunity to take part in other activities including:

  • Drama

  • Tourism Studies

  • Work Experience

  • Information Technology

  • Enterprise Studies

  • Personal Development

Leaving Certificate

In addition to the core subjects of Relgious Knowledge, Gaeilge, English and Maths, students also choose four other subjects for the following range of subjects:

  • French

  • Geography

  • Engineering

  • Technical Drawing

  • Agricultural Science

  • Accounting

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Home Economics (Social and Scientific)

  • History

  • Art

  • Construction Studies

  • Physics

  • Business

  • Music

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

This enhanced Leaving Certificate is designed to address the changing needs of the workplace. It aims to prepare students for the world of work through work experience and enterprise studies.

Leaving Certificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a relatively new Leaving Certificate programme of the Department of Education and Science. The programme includes Information Technology, Leisure and recreations, Mathematical Applications, Work Placement, and Social Education. Leaving Certificate Applied prepares students for working life and is an alternative route to third-level education. This programme is on offer at Our Lady's Sec School.