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Scoil Phadraig Naofa’s Special Needs Classes cater for boys and girls with a diagnosis of Autism aged between 3-12 years old. Children come to Scoil Phadraig Naofa from areas all over West Cork. Our ASD special needs classes are known as Early Years which is an early intervention class for students with ASD aged between 3-5 years, our other two classes are called Junior 1 and Junior 2, these classes are for students with ASD aged from 5-12 years old. The aim of the education provided in these classes is to allow all pupils develop to their full potential educationally, socially and emotionally. In all three ASD classes there is a teacher and two special needs assistants per class. West Cork Child Development Services and the Brothers of Charity provide speech and language, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological services to the special classes. Scoil Phadraig Naofa is very fortunate as it is near all main amenities and within walking distance to the local church, park, swimming pool, library, shops and restaurants.

Useful Information

School begins at 9.00 a.m. and ends at 1.40 p.m The Department of Education & Skills provide transport to and from the school accompanied by a bus escort.


Parents should contact their local Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO) a list of SENO’s is available on www.ncse.ie. A psychological report should be brought to the school. The report should make a recommendation for the student to be educated within an ASD specific class environment. Parents should make an arrangement to come to the school to meet the Principal and Class Teachers. Forms will be sent to the local SENO. All forms in relation to school transport can be discussed at this meeting.

History of the ASD Classes

In 2012, Scoil Phadraig Noafa, Bandon was invited to open an Early Intervention class for students with ASD aged between 3-5 years. Jerry Ryan was appointed to the position, Jerry has experience of working in a variety of teaching settings such as special schools, special classes and Resource Teaching. Jerry has a great passion and interest in Autism both personally and professionally. Jerry holds a Master of Arts Degree in Special Educational Needs in ASD as well as lecturing in UCC on the Certificate & Diploma course in Autism Studies. This class has 6 pupils maximum and the support of two Special Needs Assistants and a teacher. This class takes part in extra curricular activities, such activities include, pony riding, yoga, Music Therapy, Swimming, Social Outings, Nature Walks, Baking & Horticulture.

In 2014 the school opened an additional ASD class called Junior 1 to cater for students with Autism who were older than 5 and who required the support of a specialised setting.This class has the same teacher pupil ratio as the Early Intervention Class as well as two SNA’s. The numbers seeking placement in our ASD classes has risen and as a result the school has been sanctioned an additional ASD class to open in September 2015. This class will be for older students who have a diagnosis with ASD and the class will be called Junior 2. Currently our two ASD classes have a their own classrooms within the mainstream primary school and the third class is accommodated in a large prefab. The school has recently got sanctioning for a new build to accommodate the ASD classes as well as a new play room, toilets and sensory room. The school is excited and is looking forward to construction commencing.

school is grateful to the Brothers of Charity, Marian House & West Cork Child Development Services (formerly CoAction) for providing a comprehensive Speech & Language, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy service for these classes.Children come to our ASD classes from many different areas around West Cork. They travel on different buses and the school has bus escorts to ensure their safe passage each day.Integration of our special needs children with their mainstream peers is an integral part of the school day. Reverse integration takes place as well on a regular basis. Each child follows their own Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) at all times, ensuring appropriate education at their level for the entire school day, whether they are in mainstream classes or in the special unit.

July Provision

Our ASD classes continue the school year for the first two weeks in July, usual transport arrangements remain in place.

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