Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh was founded by the Presentation Brothers in 1964 with the aim of providing a Christian education for the boys of Bishopstown and the adjoining parishes. In an age when the focus of education in Irish secondary schools tended to be rather narrow, both in terms of the type of curriculum offered to students and in terms of the whole concept of what constituted a good education, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh broke new ground. In its early years, an expanded curriculum, embracing a full range of traditional academic subjects as well as many technological subjects, set the school in the foreground of modern education and prepared it to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. Accompanying this curricular expansion was a new view of education which put a considerably increased emphasis on the total development of the person through the medium of a broad range of extra-curricular activities.

From its earliest years, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh established itself as a centre of academic excellence. A measure of its success in this regard has been the consistently high standard achieved by its students in the Certificate Examinations each year and the regularity with which students of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh have featured in the UCC University Entrance Scholarship list in an almost unbroken sequence since 1969. Side by side with the development of this tradition has been the development of another equally proud one: an enviable record of extra-curricular achievement at local, national and international level.

Since 1992, with the withdrawal of the Presentation Brothers from the direct management of the school, the position of Principal has been occupied by a lay person. The Presentation Brothers continued their involvement until 2009 when they handed over the trusteeship of all of their schools to the Presentation Brothers Schools Trust. The Trust is charged with continuing the work of the Brothers and preserving the Presentation ethos in its schools.

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Opening day at Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh – September 1964

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