Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare, Ireland

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Clongowes Wood College is an independent boarding school for boys in age 12–13 to 17–18, located near Clane in County Kildare, Ireland

Clongowes Wood College is a leading boarding school set in beautiful surroundings, thirty kilometers from Dublin in the heart of the Co. Kildare countryside. A Catholic boarding school in the Jesuit tradition, Clongowes strives to support students in their growth towards a greater understanding and awareness of their faith and the part that this plays in their lives. 

Since 1814, Clongowes graduates have become leaders in the areas of business, sport, politics and the arts. Our warm and happy school puts the care and nurturing of each individual student at the heart of everything we do.

Clongowes boarding school is a special place that provides an all-round education in a dynamic living and learning community. Our facilities are exemplary with every opportunity given to each student to develop, grow and learn in order to fulfil his potential.

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7 days boarding: 

19,890 per year

About the school

 Clongowes has been providing a Jesuit education for more than 200 years in a happy, warm and welcoming boarding school which is home to 450 boys.

Facilities for living and learning at Clongowes are second to none. Significant investment in recent years has resulted in the expansion of our learning facilities such as state of the art Science, Art and Technology Building. Our 500 acre campus in the Kildare countryside offers unparalleled opportunities for sport and leisure.

The James Joyce Library – our modern and spacious library with over 9,000 titles including books, research papers, e-books, periodicals and DVDs.

Science, Art and Technology Building – Completed in 2010, this comprehensive facility is one of the finest in Irish secondary education and provides a resource of third level standard.

Classroom Space – Each of the 24 classrooms has Internet access and interactive whiteboards. There is also a 130 seat lecture theatre, an Audio Visual Theatre and a Co-Operative Learning Centre.

Extra Learning Resources – Dedicated rooms specially designed for students with extra learning needs provide students with facilities that allow them to learn in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Music – There are two choirs in the school, a full orchestra and an active traditional Irish music group. In addition to our modern rehearsal rooms, there are pianos located throughout the school and there is even a dedicated room where students may practice drumming!

Technology -We have two separate state of the art computer laboratories along with Wi-Fi throughout the school and in the living areas. Access to the Internet is limited according to the time of day or evening, the age of the student and the type of site being accessed.


Accommodation from 1st to 4th year is provided in shared or individual cubicles. An ambitious redevelopment of accommodation in these areas began in summer 2017 with 1st Year (Elements) dorms and continues in summer 2018 with 2nd (Rudiments) and 4th year (Syntax).  Higher Line students (5 and 6th years) have their own rooms, complete with individual study facilities.

Dining Facilities – The dining room (refectory), which can comfortably seat over 500 people is where students meet for breakfast, dinner, tea and supper. Higher line students have a kitchen adjacent to their bedrooms. Read more about nutrition here.

Recreation Rooms – Each year group has its own recreation room with TV and these rooms are also used to host debates and guest speakers.

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Academic life

Academic achievement is central to this top boys only boarding school and our outstanding results in State Examinations and in securing third level places across Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond speak for themselves. Academic standards are high in Clongowes with average points achieved in Leaving Certificate points of 440 against a backdrop of 350 points nationally.

Academic life at this excellent boarding school spans six years and is marked by two State Examinations – the Junior Certificate in third year (Grammar) and the Leaving Certificate in sixth year (Rhetoric).

We work hard to create an environment in which all students can fulfil their potential, teaching a mostly traditional curriculum which is both broad and balanced.  Students have the opportunity to pursue a range of subject areas depending on their interests and abilities.  Both academic achievement and diligence are rewarded.

Class sizes are small with careful monitoring of progress, regular reporting and excellent communication channels between Academic Year Heads and parents.

We embrace modern approaches to education which are evident in our Co-Operative Learning Centre and the cutting edge facilities in the Science, Art and Technology building.  Such a collaborative approach to learning has led to our unique partnership with The University of Limerick on mathematics modelling projects.

Sport and culture

There are a wide variety of sports on offer within this Ireland boarding school grounds including rugby, soccer, golf, water sports, athletics, tennis, gaelic games, cricket, basketball, badminton, table tennis and orienteering.

Facilities for sport and fitness at this top boys only boarding school are excellent with grass and all weather pitches, running tracks, tennis courts and a golf course surrounding the school.  Indoors, students enjoy a modern, fully equipped gymnasium and weights room as well as a large sports hall with basketball and badminton courts and a swimming pool with a second, larger pool under construction.

Clongowes is set in 500 acres in the heart of the Kildare countryside, which allows us to provide extensive sports facilities, both indoors and out.

The Sports Building
Completed in 2011, the Sports Building is an integral part of the school and was enhanced with the addition of a 25m indoor swimming pool in November 2017. As well as a large Sports Hall and pool it also includes a weights room and a gym.

Other Sports Facilities

As well as indoor sports facilities there are many other amenities in Clongowes. These include:
Large indoor sports hall
Weights room
25M indoor swimming pool
A golf course
Tennis courts
Basketball courts
Rugby pitches
Athletics track
Cricket pitch
Soccer pitches
All weather floodlit rugby/soccer pitch
Cross country running track
Cross country running track

Clongowstone boarding school has a proud tradition of cultural activities with music, drama and debating all part of life at the school.

Our vibrant music department has three school choirs, a full orchestra and a traditional music group.  Boys at this excellent boarding school near Dublin can study music as part of the Junior and Senior curriculum or can opt to take part in musical activities outside of the classroom.  Students are encouraged to take part and can avail of tuition to learn an instrument, join a choir or get involved in developing their own vocal skills.  The school orchestra of over 70 instruments embarks on a European tour every other year whilst our active traditional group regularly play in local venues.

Location Description

Castlebrown, Clane, Co Kildare W91 DN40 W91 DN40

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