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St. Brendan's National School, Cartron Point, Sligo

Board of Management

St. Brendan’s NS is a co-educational, catholic primary school under the patronage of the Bishop of Elphin, Bishop Kevin Doran.

All Primary Schools operate under the Education Act 1998, other relevant legislation, the Department of Education and Skills circulars and the Rules for National Schools. While it is the Department of Education and Skills who oversees the education system, the day-to-day management and the school ethos is overseen by a school board of management. All boards of management are bound by the Governance Manual for Primary Schools (current edition 2015-2019).

The Board of Management of St. Brendan’s N.S. has ultimate responsibility for the day to day running of the school.

The Board consists of eight members:

  • Chairperson: Fr. Noel Rooney
  • Principal: Marie Hurley
  • Teacher Representative:Zoe Reynolds
  • Parents’ Representatives: Karen O'Brien, Stephen Aitken
  • Community Representative: Jim Costigan, Billy Gallagher
  • Patron’s nominee: Ann Donegan

The role of the Board of Management is outlined in the Governance Manual for Primary Schools (current edition 2023-2027) available from the Principal or to download from

The term of office for a board is 4 years and members can hold office only for 4 years although members are eligible for reappointment when their term of office expires.

The Board of Management’s duties include:

  • It has responsibility for drawing up the school plan/policies and for ensuring that it is implemented, regularly reviewed and updated.
  • It appoints the principal, the teachers and other staff
  • It must ensure that the school fulfils its functions as set out in the Education Act 1998.
  • It must promote contact between the school, the parents and the community and must facilitate and give all reasonable help to a parents' association in its formation and its activities.
  • It has overall responsibility for the school's finances. It is obliged to have comprehensive insurance cover for the school. It must keep proper accounts, which may be audited by the Department of Education and Skills and/or the Comptroller and Auditor General. Its annual accounts must be available to the patron and the school community
  • It must ensure that child protection and welfare are taken into account in all of the school’s policies, practices and activities. The board must ensure that the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools are fully implemented by the school
  • It must ensure the school has a Code of Behaviour and an anti-bullying policy.
  • It must consult with the Patron and keep the Patron informed of all decisions and proposals and be accountable to the patron for upholding the characteristic spirit (ethos) of the school