FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions you can read our FAQ section below.
1. How do I apply to Rockwell College?
You can apply by downloading the Application Form and returning it completed with two recent school reports. Applications sent without two school reports will not be processed. Your application will be considered by the Principal and you will be informed if a place is offered within approximately one week. This may be longer during school holidays.
2. When is the closing date for applications?
Applications must be sent in by 1st March before the September of entry. After that date, places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Full details of our Enrolment Policy can be found under the Policy Documents tab.
3. How many pupils are in each class?
In 1st year, we limit it to 20 or 21. This rises to 23/ 24 in 2nd and 3rd Year. TY generally has 24 in each of the three class groups and in 5th and 6th year the class size depends on the popularity of that subject. Class sizes rarely exceed 24 at any point.
4. How many boys and girls attend Rockwell College?
The total pupil population is approximately 500 year to year. On average, 130 are girls and 370 boys, although this can change year to year.
5. Can I visit the College before applying?
We welcome prospective parents and pupils on Open Day, which is held annually in early October. If you are unable to attend Open Day we will be happy to show you the College and the Residence (boarding school) by appointment. Please note that appointments may be more limited during periods of school holidays. Contact Reception to make an appointment.
6. My child has accepted his/her place in Rockwell College. What happens next?
You will be sent out information in mid/late June that will include booklists, uniform details, sports gear details and the calendar for the next school year. The calendar indicate the start date for your child’s year group.
7. Boys board in the Residence – what about the girls?
Our girl boarders stay with Host Families that are screened by Rockwell College and subject to the Garda Vetting process. They attend the full day at the College and take lunch, tea, sports and study. They return to the Host Family at the end of the school day.
8. How long is the school day?
Pupils attend Morning Assembly at 8:40am. They then have class through to 3:45pm with breaks at 10:50am and 1pm. Extra-curricular activities run from 4pm – 5pm and then pupils take tea, followed by Study from 5:45pm – 8:15pm. The day runs slightly differently on Wednesdays to allow for matches with a 7:15pm finish and Study also finishes on Friday at 7:15pm.
9. Can my child come home early?
There is the option of a Reduced Day that finishes after sports – 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30pm on Wednesday and 3:45pm on Friday. The majority of the pupil stay for the Full Day and benefit from the structured supervised study.
10. What care structures are in place at Rockwell College?
Our pupils are well looked after. The Year Dean is complemented by the Guidance Counsellor, Nursing staff, Chaplaincy Team & Prefect system. We promote the concept of ‘One Good Adult’, which means that a child should always have someone on the staff to whom they can turn for support.