3 December 2013
High School has been ranked as the best-performing school in Ireland
can be read in The Irish Times
am delighted to welcome you to the website of The High School which
outlines the extraordinary range of academic and extra-curricular
opportunities offered to pupils attending one of the leading schools in
The High School is a vibrant and dynamic educational community which
provides a first-class education primarily for girls and boys from
Church of Ireland families and other Protestant denominations
while also having places available for those of other
Christian denominations and other faiths.
It has always been a liberal, tolerant, and inclusive school which
actively promotes an understanding of the benefits associated with
diversity and plurality.
stated mission is the pursuit of
excellence in all areas of school life which is achieved by
maintaining a clear focus on developing the full potential of
every pupil. We emphasize
the fundamental importance of a wide range of moral values
including honesty, integrity, kindness, and respect. In
doing so our ultimate goal is to enable pupils to take their place in
society as responsible, informed, thinking, and tolerant human beings.
hope you will be able to witness elements of the daily life of The High
School by exploring the pages of this website.
However, parents and prospective pupils are strongly encouraged to visit
the school to experience the institution for themselves. I look
forward to welcoming you to the school in person in the near future.
Mr G A Forrest, Principal
G A Forrest, MA
is an active member of
the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), the
Irish School Heads' Association (ISA), and the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Board of Education
(Church of Ireland).
worked at leading independent schools
in the United Kingdom prior to his appointment as
Principal of The High School.
Forrest was educated at Kildare Place School,
The High School, Trinity College, Dublin and
Exeter College, Oxford.
He is married to Elizabeth, a
Cambridge graduate and secondary school teacher of English; they have
two young children.
Leaving and Junior Certificate results
I am pleased to report that examination results at
The High School
were of a very high standard this year. In the
Leaving Certificate examination 84% of the papers taken at higher level
and 65% of all papers taken (the most important statistic) achieved
grade C or better; grade E or less was obtained on only 2% of all
papers. In the Junior Certificate examination,
88% of the papers taken at higher level and 79% of all papers taken (again
the most important statistic) achieved grade C or better; grade E
or less was obtained on only 0.8% of all papers. The
statistics for Junior Certificate are among the best on record at the
school. There have been significant improvements in examination
performance at The High School over the last decade which
reflects the professional excellence of our
teaching staff as well as the determination
and hard work of the pupils. This trend led to
The High School being ranked as the best-performing school in Ireland in
2009 and the best-performing school in south Dublin following 100% entry to third level education
in 2012. The Irish Times recognized The High School as one of the
top feeder schools in south Dublin following with 104% entry to third
level education in 2013. I
should like to congratulate our pupils on their
outstanding results and to thank my colleagues who have worked
tirelessly on their behalf
throughout their time at The High School.
Mr G A Forrest
A selection of high-achieving Leaving Certificate candidates
at The High School.
Above (left to right) - John Walsh (550 points), Gavin
Rothwell (570 points), Alex Liddicoat (575 points), Lia McCann (585 points),
Lili Nolan (570 points), and Lucy Burns (575 points) who have been admitted to
undergraduate courses at Trinity College, Dublin.
Congratulations to all Leaving Certificate candidates on their
individual successes in 2013!
The High School celebrates international
The High School has enjoyed significant success in international sport
recently. In the first instance, a
Form 5 pupil was selected to represent the Ireland U17
girls' cricket team which played against Scotland in Dublin during the
summer. The Cricket Ireland team won the series 4-0 with our
pupil featuring among the list of most valuable players. Secondly,
a Form 6 pupil was selected for the Ireland U19 Sevens
womens' rugby squad which competed in an international
tournament in Sheffield for the first time earlier this month. Her team beat
Wales Dragons 'B' 29-0, England North 28-5, and Scotland 28-12 to finish in
fourth place overall. Finally, a Form 6 pupil
represented Ireland in the U18 boys' golf home
international series which was played at Forest Pines Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
He played his part in securing the first victory for an Ireland team since 2010
by winning singles matches against opponents from Scotland and Wales as well as
competing in a victorious fourball match for Ireland against Wales.
Congratulations to all of these pupils on their competitive success!
The High School named "School
of the Year" by the Simon Community
The High School has been awarded
the Simon Community "School of the Year" Perpetual Trophy for
the second consecutive year by raising the largest sum of any school
in Ireland for the charity in 2011
and 2012. We should like to congratulate all
those who participated in fundraising events and thank everyone who contributed
to supporting this most deserving cause.
HSD orchestra wins Feis Ceoil
competition and performs at NCH Gala concert
Congratulations to The High School
Orchestra who were awarded the Dorothy Mayer Foundation Cup following
their prize-winning performance in the prestigious Feis Ceoil music
competition and were subsequently invited to open the
Gala Prize Winners' concert in the
National Concert Hall in March 2013. We
should like to express our gratitude to all the parents of orchestra
members for their support and offer renewed congratulations to members of The
High School Orchestra on their achievement in winning first prize at the Feis Ceoil for the
only the second time in the history of the school.
Senior Trophy hockey victory
The High School achieved a unique victory
in winning the
final of the Senior Trophy which was played against Kilkenny
Three Rock Rovers in March 2013.
The Senior 1 boys' team
team defeated their
opponents 1-0 in a
close-fought game and secured the Senior Trophy for The High School for the first time
in its history. Congratulations to all the players involved
with this significant achievement; many thanks to the coaches for their advice and
the spectators for their support throughout the
The Senior 1
team celebrates winning the Senior Trophy for the
first time in the history of the school.
Junior Cup hockey victory
The High School achieved a notable victory in the
final of the Junior Cup which was played against Holy Child, Killiney at
Three Rock Rovers in December 2012.
The Junior A team defeated their
opponents 2-0 (avenging a previous loss in the Minor Cup final) thereby
securing the Junior Cup for The High School for the first time since
2003. Congratulations to all the players involved
on their success; many thanks to the coaches for their advice and
the spectators for their support throughout the Junior Cup campaign.
The Junior A
team celebrates winning the Junior Cup - the first major sporting
success of last season.
Welcome to our
website. Please come in and look around. Our site is updated
weekly during school terms so you may find something new! This website is more comprehensive than our
printed prospectus and most of the prospectus information is contained in the information
section of the website. However, if you would like a
copy of the printed prospectus mailed to you, please telephone or e-mail the
school and we will be glad to oblige. Also, if you have
any questions, our reception staff will be glad to answer them or to put
you in contact with the best person to do so.
Thanks for visiting!
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news of student activities and achievements over recent years
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Our mission statement
Our mission as an educational community is the pursuit of
excellence and the development of the full potential of all. We emphasise values such as
integrity, kindness and respect. Our aim is to enable pupils to take their place in
society as responsible, informed, thinking and tolerant human beings.
The High School Dublin is a coeducational secondary school
for about 780 pupils. It was founded by the Erasmus Smith trust in 1870 as a day school
for boys. Originally located in Harcourt Street, it moved in 1971 to its present 23-acre
setting in Rathgar, bringing with it over 100 years of distinguished educational
tradition. In 1974 The High School amalgamated with The Diocesan School for Girls
(history now available online) and
became coeducational. It provides education mainly for pupils from Church of Ireland
families, while having places available for those of other denominations and faiths. The
experience gained through the working out of this policy and through respecting the needs
of minority groups and individuals enriches the whole life of the school.
The responsibility for The High School is vested in the Board
of Governors of the Erasmus Smith Trust (history
of the Trust and school available online). It is managed by a committee of the Board on
which parents and staff are represented. It is directed by the Principal, supported by a
staff of approximately 60 qualified, dedicated and committed teachers with a wide range of
skills and interests. The High School gives its pupils the opportunity to explore the
humanities, sciences, arts, business studies and technical subjects. In addition it
provides religious, moral and physical education in order to meet its founding objectives
of preparing pupils for the demands of business and professional life, and of attaining
high academic standards in the broad range of disciplines required for third level
Contact information and location
- Postal address
- Danum, Zion Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, Ireland
- Electronic mail
- Office and
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- International pupils
We serve primarily the Dublin community but we also welcome a
number of pupils from countries of the European Union and elsewhere. Please note
that we are not a boarding school. Your English must be proficient and you must have
an Irish adult guardian if your parents are not living in Ireland.