About Us

Mission Statement

Scoil Barra Naofa, founded on 19th February 1872 is a Catholic Primary School of both boys and girls. The mission of the school is to provide a comprehensive, inclusive and accessible education of the highest quality, which will enable all our pupils to develop to their full potential as persons – spiritually, socially, morally, physically and academically.

We are committed to providing a learning environment which is free from discrimination, threats, bullying, and harassment for all our staff and students. In a caring and respectful way we will affirm each person’s self-worth and dignity and provide a student-centred education that nurtures the strengths, talents and potential of all.

School Ethos

Scoil Barra Naofa manifests a strong sense of community within the school and promotes a high level of co-operation among staff and between staff, pupils and parents. The positive ethos permeates the activities of the school, creating social inclusion and cohesion with a happy, learning environment. Inspired by belief in God, Scoil Barra Naofa actively pursues respect, truth, freedom, justice and understanding for all.



Scoil Barra Naofa is attractively situated overlooking Cork Harbour and set in beautifully landscaped gardens. It is a split level building incorporating the original three classroom building completed in 1943 and the new extension built in 1986. It comprises eight well equipped classrooms, each with interactive whiteboards, boys and girls toilets within each room, three Special Education Rooms, toilet for disabled users, a multi-functional hall, kitchen, reception area, Secretary’s office, Principal’s office, a recently redecorated Library and Staff Room.

We also have a Computer Room with sixteen desk top computers, six laptops and an interactive whiteboard. We have a portable iPad trolley, which holds 16 iPads! Scoil Barra Naofa has three yards, two marked for playground games and one Basketball Court. The yards were originally decorated by then parents, Ms. Fiona Tortise and Mrs. Shalette Bester. The yard walls were recently re-painted by parents Hazel O’ Keeffe and Terry Fitzgerald. The school also has access to the local park and Golf Club for sports events throughout the year.


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