St. Ciarán’s is a co-educational community school open to all students of the catchment area irrespective of ability, gender or religious beliefs.

The school opened in September 1988. It originated from the amalgamation of two schools that had existed side by side – the Christian Brothers’ Secondary School (established in 1894) and Kells Vocational School (established in 1932).

St. Ciarán’s, like other Community Schools, is bound by a Deed of Trust issued by the Department of Education and Skills. The trustees are the Christian Brothers, Louth-Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath. The school is managed by a Board of Management. The Board consists of two nominees of the Christian Brothers, three nominees of LMETB, one nominee of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath, two parents of students in the school and two serving teachers. The Principal acts as Secretary to the Board. The term of office of the Board is three years.





Ms. Maureen Burke (Bishop of Meath)
Mr. Gerard (John) O’Sullivan (Bishop of Meath)
Mr. Sean Wright (Chairperson) (Bishop of Meath)
Mr. Bill Sweeney (LMETB)
Mr. Brian Reilly (LMETB)
Ms. Sarah Reilly (LMETB)
Mr. Brian Burke (Teachers)
Mr. Simon Cadden (Teachers)




St. Ciaráns has an excellent and committed staff who provide tremendous support and encouragement for all students.



The aims of the Student Council are:-

  • To enhance communication between students, management, staff and parents.
  • To promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development.
  • To promote friendship and respect among students.
  • To support the management and staff in the development of the school.
  • To represent the views of the students on matters of general concern to them.

Students are invited to bring any issues they have to the attention of the relevant Council members and their concerns will be discussed at the weekly meeting.

In their own words:-

The Student Council is a student group representing the student body of St Ciáran’s Community School. It is conducted by student representatives from each tutorial class, from every year group.

Student Council members provide a forum for students to get involved in issues that are important to the student body. The Student Council aims to create a sense of ownership of the school for students and promote activities among the student populationthat are meaningful to them. Through the Student Council students can get involve and express their ideas throughout the school and local community.

We, the Student Council hope to help our teachers and School management facilitate and promote an environment that is beneficial to the educational and personal development of all students. We hope to encourage every student to pursue their goals and ambitions and promote a culture of respect and friendship among the student body.



The Parents’ Association in the school plays an active and vital part in partnership with the school in ensuring the school continues to be a successful centre of learning for our students. The Parents’ Association provide tremendous support to the school and are actively involved in policy formation, support for school events and functions and fundraising. Parents and guardians are kept informed throughout the year through the school newsletter, information bulletins and parent teacher meetings. Texting is also used to alert parents to issues of importance as they arise during the school year.