St. Mary’s Secondary School is an all-girls school located in Macroom, West Cork- one of Ireland’s most beautiful and vibrant regions situated just 40 minutes from Cork city. St. Mary’s provides a safe and supportive learning environment in which each girl is encouraged to fulfill her academic, social and personal potential.
A broad curriculum is on offer with a particular focus on the importance of STEM subjects and the arts. Highly skilled and experienced teaching staff provide students with a well-rounded education and help each girl to discover her own particular strengths and passions. Excellent pastoral care is provided,
resulting in high attendance and strong student-staff relationships. The school is tremendously proud of its students’ academic results and also their other achievements in both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. In recent years students have excelled in sports, dance, and science quizzes on both a national and international level.
High school exchange students always receive a warm welcome at St. Mary’s and in the village of Macroom. The friendly locals have a
long tradition of hosting students from other countries and helping them to integrate into the community with ease.
School available for EU Citizens only.
Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and boasts all the character, charm and excitement of the capital in a more compact setting. It is often referred to as ‘the real capital of Ireland’ by locals! Situated on the banks of the River Lee, the historic city centre offers fantastic cultural and shopping opportunities as well as lots of exciting things to do and places to explore. The city is truly the perfect blend of cosmopolitan city life and a traditional homely Irish atmosphere, making it a hugely popular choice for international high school students. Beyond the city limits, students can explore the wider county of Cork- Ireland’s biggest county. With its beautiful coastline, delicious food and picturesque colourful towns and villages, it’s no wonder that the locals are fiercely proud of where they come from and are eager to welcome exchange students and introduce them to the Irish way of life.