Dermot Lavin, College Principal, writes of the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co. Meath.












Franciscan College Gormanston is a co-educational secondary school set in east Meath. We offer five- and seven-day boarding for boys and co-education for boys and girls. It is a vibrant college, with the focus on achievement for all, raising aspirations, equality and mutual respect. Our Franciscan ethos underpins this vision. Our primary aim is to create a stimulating, secure and caring Catholic environment where all members of the school community matter. We are very proud of our students.


We all have high expectations of them and insist upon achievable standards; equally all students are encouraged to be the best that they can be. The school has a broad profile and we will go to significant lengths to provide support for every kind of student and family. We aim to provide the right programme for young people, whether they are a bright all-rounder, an average student with a particular talent in one or more areas or a student who finds some difficulty with aspects of the regular educational experience.



Academic Potential

Academic achievement is high. As a school we continue to outperform national norms and our students are challenged and encouraged to reach their academic potential. In tough economic times it’s very important to work to achieve academic targets; it’s also important to be equipped to face the world as confident, responsible young men and women who have a sense of themselves and the world around them. We at Gormanston believe passionately in the education of the whole person. It is the value of a holistic education that sets us apart. Franciscan education seeks to develop personal responsibility through self-knowledge. Our objective is to prepare students so they are equipped for life after school in further education, training or the workplace. For all parents/carers the successful education of their son and/or daughter is an absolute priority. This is a partnership and the most important element of that partnership is your child.


In short, students come to us in first year as young, eager children ready for the next, great phase of their development. They leave us as young, confident adults equally ready for the excitement and challenges of the rest of their lives. It is our privilege, in partnership with parents, to bring about this transformation. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote: “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets.” Franciscan College Gormanston is a place of learning and a cohesive school community. We are a school of great energy and activity.



Come and see for yourself!
If you would like more information about Franciscan College Gormanston please check our website: www.gormanstoncollege.ie.

Or you can contact the college directly.

You are warmly invited to visit us.