General Information

Douglas Community School offers your son an excellent education in a safe and secure suburban school environment.

  • Committed staff
  • Excellent teaching and results
  • Personal tutor of each student
  • Broad curriculum with all subjects at higher level
  • Continuous assessment of student progress
  • Supervised after-school study
  • Regular communication with parents
  • Clear disciplinary procedures applied justly
  • Active policy on bullying
  • Comprehensive pastoral care system
  • Strict school uniform policy
  • First class school facilities
  • Wide range of sports and extracurricular activities
  • Supervised lunch break

Douglas Community School is an all boys post-primary school.  DCS provides a wide range of subjects at honours level to secondary students and also adult and community programmes. Our first class facilities, educational, recreational and sporting, are widely used by the wider community.

Board of Management

Douglas Community School is managed by a Board of Management representative of our trustees, parents and teachers:

  • Parents
  • Staff
  • Bishop’s representatives (Trustees)
  • Local representatives (Trustees)
  • Principal (Secretary to Board of Management)

School Organisation

The Principal is responsible for the general direction and management of the school. He is assisted in this role by the Deputy Principal. Each year group has a Year Head responsible for the day to day organisation of the group. Each class has a Class Tutor who takes particular care of the students of that class. We have a guidance counsellor, chaplain and pastoral care team who offer support and encouragement to students experiencing
difficulties.

School commences at 8.40 a.m. and classes commence at 8.45a.m. Students remain in school all day with a fifteen minute morning break and a thirty minute lunch break. Classes finish at 3.30 p.m. each day, except on Wednesday when they conclude at 1pm.  Students are supervised by teaching staff during all breaks.

Our History

Douglas Community School was founded by the Presentation Brothers almost forty years ago as Coláiste Muire (Presentation Brothers College). Today the school continues to follow the tradition of providing Christian education for boys, pioneered by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice.

Douglas became one of the first Community Schools when the Presentation Order passed on the management of the school to the local community in 1974.

The school has prospered over the years growing in student numbers and reputation.

  • 1926 Coláiste Muire (Presentation Brothers Juniorate)
  • 1965 Coláiste Muire (Presentation Brothers College)
  • 1974 Douglas Community School
  • 1997 Douglas area is the fastest growing suburb of Cork with a strong local economy. The South City Ring Road gives easy access to the school.

Development

Douglas has one of the widest choices of subjects in any school in the country. We have also pioneered many educational initiatives. These include Transition Year, Civic Social and Political Education, Engineering, Computer Studies and Enterprise Education, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.

Douglas also provides for the recreational and educational needs of more than two thousand adults each year through the Adult and Community Education programme. The school introduced Open University degree programmes and NCIR and UCC Diplomas to adults in the Munster region.

Regular Communication with Parents

At Douglas we are committed to involving parents in their son’s education. We use a variety of methods to maintain contact with the home including each student’s journal, regular reports on continuous assessment, term reports, parent/teacher meetings, other general information meetings and informal school events.

Douglas has a vibrant and dynamic Parents Association. As well as contributing to the management of the school the Parents Association organises various in-school events, library supervision and have founded Badminton and Indoor Bowls Clubs for parents.

  • Active Parents Association supported by the Board of Management.
  • Inter-school meetings of Parents Associations – PACCS
  • Regular scheduled Parent Teacher meetings
  • Meetings (by appointment) with Class Tutors, Year Heads, Deputy Principal and Principal.

Discipline

Douglas has positive school rules and a clear code of behaviour. Our rules reflect the ideals our students set for themselves. The vast majority of our students live up to these ideals. Where a student breaks the rules our disciplinary system is implemented fairly. Sanctions range from verbal advice and warnings, written notes to parents, detention after school, report cards to suspension and expulsion for serious breaches of discipline. We expect the support of parents in dealing with any problems of behaviour.

Guidance & Counselling

The school has a full-time guidance counsellor who provides careers guidance, educational guidance and general counselling for pupils. Careers information is also provided for parents.

The school has a careers library with classified careers information, videos, Irish and UK colleges prospectuses and computerised careers information.

Religious Education

The school has a full-time chaplain appointed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Cork and Ross with a pastoral role to care for the spiritual development of students. The school also has a number of catechists who provide religious education for all students. Douglas welcomes students of all faiths.

Facilities

Douglas is an extremely well equipped school, with science rooms (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), language rooms, Business room, Geography room, practical studies rooms (Engineering, Construction Studies, Woodwork and Technology), Religion room, Library, Careers Library, Special Tuition room, Art room, two Computer rooms,
and an Oratory where students may reflect and pray in peace and quiet.

The school is also well equipped for all sports with two grass playing fields, three all-weather astro pitches, two tennis courts and a large multi-purpose sports hall.

Achievements

  • Academic The academic achievements of students at Douglas are seen in the achievement of first place in Ireland and in Cork in Accounting, Mathematics, Biology and Geography in the past few years.
  • Past students We are justifiably proud of our past students who are found at all levels of the Professions, Industry and Commerce both in Ireland and abroad.
  • Young Enterprise and Mini-Companies – Douglas has been consistently successful in both these areas winning local, regional and national honours and representing Ireland in International competitions. Individual team members have won Best Manager, Best Accountant and Best Marketing Manager awards.
  • Debating Douglas is recognised as one of the premier debating schools in Ireland, winning individual and team
    honours in All-Ireland Concern Debates, Bank of Ireland Choice Debates, Philosophical Society Debates, All-Ireland German Debates, Cork Corporation Apple Computers Debates and the Cork Mental Welfare Association Debates. We are the only two-in-a-row winners of the National Mental Health Public Speaking Competition.
  • Sport Our “Sports for All” policy has led Douglas to participate in many sports rather than concentrating on a single code. Douglas has won major competitions in most codes, including hurling, Gaelic football, soccer, rugby, hockey, basketball, table tennis, athletics, tennis and golf.