For a safe, productive and balanced school day




All students are expected to be in school for assembly at 8.50 a.m. each day. Classes will begin at 9.00 a.m. and finish at 3.50 p.m. except on Wednesdays when classes will end at 1.10 p.m.



Mid-morning break is from 10.20 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. with lunch from 1.10 p.m. – 1.50 p.m. 5th and 6th year students will only have permission to leave the school at lunch time, all students are expected to remain on the school grounds during the mid-morning break.

SCS canteen facilities

Healthy Eating & Canteen Facilities

As part of the school’s healthy eating policy all students are encouraged to bring healthy lunches and snacks to school with them each day. Fizzy drinks, crisps and sweets are discouraged.Chewing gum is prohibited in the building and grounds.

SCS has canteen facilities which serves both hot and cold dishes each day and is compliant with the school’s healthy eating policy. Food will be served during the following times: 

Breakfast 8.15 – 8.45, Break 10.20 – 10.30 and Lunch 1.10 – 1.50.



Regular attendance at school is of the utmost importance as absenteeism can have a detrimental effect on your child’s education and results.  School attendance is governed by the National Welfare Board with poor attendance being reported to them. 

Leaving school early is also a form of absenteeism as it leads to the missing of certain subjects and classes and should only occur in emergency situations.

In Skibbereen Community School students will only be permitted to leave school during the school day if they are collected by a parent/guardian or other nominated responsible adult. In exceptional circumstances 6th year students will be allowed to leave once the need for such a departure has been confirmed by a parent/guardian.


Bus Transport / Student Parking

All students will be driven directly onto the school grounds each morning and be collected from the school grounds each evening.

While we understand that some senior students may wish to drive to school themselves it should be noted that there is no student parking on site. Parents/Guardians should take safe car parking into consideration before permitting their son/daughter to drive to school.