Welcome to St. Mary’s Primary School, Enfield. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our new web site. I hope you find it interesting whether you are a present or a past pupil, a present or a past parent, or indeed a present or a past teacher. I welcome also those of you who have simply happened across this site and equally hope you will find our school and what goes on here of interest to you.
Our new school opened for the 2012-2013 school year. It had sixteen classrooms and was able to cater for two classes at each level or about 400 children. By the end of the 2012-2013 school year the Department of Education and Skills requested that the school expand to a three stream school i.e. take in three classes at each level instead of the original two. This was agreed by the Board of Management. Eight new classrooms were added and the twenty-four classroom school opened in September 2014. It is co-educational and can cater for about 650 children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. The school operates under the patronage of the Bishop of Meath.
The new school has been the result of many years of campaigning and planning and will open a whole new chapter in the history of primary education in Enfield. The new school replaces the old primary school that dates back to 1953. It was built as a three roomed school to replace the older two-roomed school that stood in front of it. Three more rooms were added in 1984. From 2004 onwards there was a steady increase in the population of Enfield. Temporary accommodation was added each year to cater for the extra numbers attending the primary school. Following investigation it was decided to build a new school to replace the old school and the temporary accommodation instead o f renovating the six rooms and adding an extension.
The staff and pupils vacated the old school on 14th of October 2011 and the builders began work immediately. All pupils were based in temporary accommodation for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year. The new school was handed over to the Board of Management by Glasgiven Contracts on 24th of August 2012 and was ready to receive pupils on the 29th of August for the new school year. The additional eight classrooms added during the 2013-2014 school year were built by ABM Construction under the Rapid Build Programme of the Department of Education and Skills.
The children, staff, parents, board of management and the local community are delighted to have such a wonderful educational facility in the area. We know that the story of education in St. Mary’s Primary School is about more than the building. The life of the school is really about the people involved with it but the new school gives everyone a context in which to live, grow and learn.