About Our School
Oaklands Community College
As members of a caring school community, we promote respect for ourselves, each other and the school environment in a spirit of partnership and teamwork. We are an inclusive school, committed to developing a culture of achievement where we nurture the full academic and personal development of all students in a safe and challenging learning environment. We aim to aim to prepare all our students for the responsibilities and experiences of life.
Our School Provides
- Academic excellence with a caring environment
- Committed experience and highly qualified staff
- A Pastoral Care structure
- Good discipline practice
- Extensive educational facilities
- Broad extra-curricular programme
- NEW! canteen with a daily selection of fresh rolls, soup, paninis, fruit and a selection of hot meals everyday.
The history of vocational education in Edenderry can trace its origins back to the 1920s, from the establishment of classes in the town hall and the old Methodist church, to the move to the old workhouse in the early 1930s. In 1950, the Government gave approval for the building of a vocational school in Edenderry. Three years later, a site was acquired beside St Mary’s Church. Building on the site commenced four years later and in 1958, a four roomed school was opened at a cost of 25,000.
In these early years, the education provided led to the completion of the Group Certificate. In following years, the curriculum was broadened to embrace the Intermediate and Leaving Certificate and involved a wide range of subjects. In 1989, the school was chosen as an out-centre by the Regional Technical College in Athlone for the provision of the first year of a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. Thus a College of Further Studies was established in the former ACOT building across the road from the school. Additional courses were provided in Office Technology, Auto CAD and foundation courses in Hotel, Tourism and Crafts