The Patrician Academy has a proud tradition of academic excellence and encourages and fosters the pursuit of excellence in all students. The Junior Cycle curriculum is broad and balanced to cater for the talents and abilities of all students. There is no streaming in First Year; students are taught in mixed ability groupings. Students are streamed at the beginning of Second Year for Maths and Gaeilge. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability classes.
All students study the following core subjects for Junior Certificate:
- Social Personal and Health Education
- Physical Education
First Years are offered a Taster Programme in the following Option Subjects from September to February:
- Materials Technology Wood
- Technical Graphics
- Business Studies
Students choose two of these option subjects for Junior Certificate in February.
The Senior Cycle curriculum aims to prepare students for progression to Third Level / Further Education and Training. The curriculum is sufficiently broad to allow students to choose from a range of optional subjects which reflect their talents, abilities and career aspirations. Over 90% of Patrician Academy students progress to Third Level education. All classes are mixed ability groupings with the exception of maths and Gaaeilge.
Students study the following compulsory subjects in Senior Cycle:
Students choose three optional subjects from the following list:
- Design and Communication Graphics
- Construction Studies
- Agricultural Science
Please visit the transition year blog to see what the transition year students are experiencing
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
The Leaving certificate Vocational Programme is an option within the Senior Cycle. It is designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate and gives students the opportunity to develop interpersonal, vocational and technological skills. The focus is on independent learning, enterprise and innovation. The LCVP is a two year programme and is combined with the established Leaving Certificate Programme.
Requirements for the LCVP
Each student must take:
- At least 5 Leaving Certificate subjects
- Two Leaving Certificate Subjects from one of the Vocational Subject Groupings set out by the Department of Education and Skills.
- A Modern European Language
- Two Link Modules: World of Work and Enterprise Education.
The LCVP is assessed by means of a portfolio of coursework (60%) and a written examination (40%).
The school has 3 Special Classes which cater for students with special educational needs. These classes provide an alternative learning and teaching environment for students with:
- Mild General Learning Disability
- Moderate Learning Disability
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Education Plans are prepared for all students. Students are afforded opportunities to integrate with mainstream students both socially and academically on a daily basis.
Mild General Learning Disability Class/Moderate Disability Class Students follow a curriculum most suited to their educational needs and based on their Education Plan. The Patrician Academy offers students a broad and balanced curriculum aimed at ensuring each student reaches his potential.
The school is a registered QQI provider; currently providing Level 3 modules for certification.
The curriculum offers the following programmes:
- Personal and Interpersonal Skills/Personal Effectiveness
- Art and Craft
- Computer Literacy
- Consumer Awareness
- Living Things in their Environment/Science
- Nutrition and Health
- Learning Skills
- Career Guidance
- Religious Education
- Physical Education
- Leisure Pursuits
- Health and Safety
- History and Geography
- Social, Personal and Health Education
Students may access mainstream classes to study subjects which interest them to
Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder Class
The students in this class follow a broad curriculum which includes educational, vocational, social and therapeutic aspects. The pupils engage in programmes which target key areas such as communication and language, functional mathematics, vocational skills, independent living skills and community social skills. The students also take part in cooking, art therapy, P.E. and swimming. Most importantly, the curriculum is tailored to meet the individual needs of each pupil. Individual Education Plans are drawn up for each pupil which take into account the specific needs and long-term goals of the students.
Teaching strategies such as TEACCH and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are used when working with the students. TEACCH is a very structured and visual approach to teaching students with autism. It aims to provide a framework for learning which can be used throughout the students’ entire life. Structure, predictability and visuals are key components in the effectiveness of this approach. ABA is a strategy which brings about positive changes in behaviour through regular positive reinforcement.
One of the most important elements of the curriculum is enhancing the independent living skills of the students. Weekly shopping trips to Dunnes and Tesco to buy groceries for the cooking classes provide invaluable learning opportunities and are very much enjoyed by all involved. The fully equipped kitchen in ‘Cuan’ is used to practice the skills needed to prepare snacks and meals which is a huge step towards independent living in later life.
P.E. is also a very important and enjoyable aspect of the curriculum. The students make great use of the fully equipped gym in the school. Swimming is a particular favourite with the boys. The students attend Mallow Swimming Pool every week. The Patrician Academy has its own Special Olympics Club so the students will be able to take part in competitive athletics, swimming and motor activities events.
Co-Curricular Activities and Educational Trips
The curriculum is supported by co-curricular and educational trips aimed at developing in students the skills required for living, leisure, social interaction, community involvement, environmental awareness and health and safety awareness.
Activities include visits to:
- Doneraile Park
- Local Fire Station
- Local Coffee Shops / Hotels
- Donkey Sanctuary
- Spa House
- Ballyhass lakes
- The Cinema
- Mitchelstown Caves
- Mallow Castle
- Pitch and Putt
- Millstreet Park
- Horse riding Centre
- Fota Island
The Special Classes are staffed by a team of teachers including 4 fully qualified Resource Teachers. Teachers work closely together to ensure the best outcome for each student and there is an emphasis on cross curricular and theme teaching to maximise the experience for students.
- Students participate in Transition Year activities, including Work Experience. Preparation for Work is an important part of the student’s programme.
Art projects coming soon.