The Phoenix Park
Special School

is a special primary school for children aged 4-12. The school caters for children with a diagnosis of severe emotional and behavioural difficulties who are in the low average or above range of intellectual ability. We are a placement school and provide for children who have the potential to return to mainstream education. Typically, we aim for a placement period of two years but the needs of the child are central to any decision made about the length of time the child spends at the school.

The school is co-educational with a maximum enrolment of 18 pupils. Children are divided into three groups of six. There is a class teacher and one special needs assistant (SNA) assigned to each class. Some children have access to additional support from an SNA. We have two social care workers who run a formal Nurture Group in the school throughout the school day.

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Mission Statement

The Phoenix Park Special School provides for children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties that have the potential to return to mainstream school.

We aim to provide a quality learning environment that maximises educational opportunities for the child. We aspire to develop high standards of behaviour in a caring, nurturing and safe environment where all students are provided with experiences that make them feel valued and respected. We believe in nurturing emotional literacy in our students to help them to recognise, understand, handle and appropriately express emotions.

To maximise the potential for progress, the school expects the child’s primary carers and other agencies involved with the child to work with us in a collaborative and co-operative manner and to actively participate in supporting the child during their time in our school.

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A nurture group is a small group of children / young people usually based in an educational setting and staffed by two supportive adults. Nurture groups offer a short term, focussed intervention strategy, which addresses barriers to learning arising from social / emotional and or behavioural difficulties, in an inclusive, supportive manner.  Read more...

Contact Phoenix Park
Specialist School

North Rd.  Phoenix Park,  Dublin 8
D08 V098

Phone: 01-8386699
Fax: 8385317

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