About Us

Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf aims to provide an excellent, all round education in a Christian environment.

Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf is a non fee-paying voluntary Catholic Secondary School for Girls under the Trusteeship of the Le Chéile Catholic Schools Trust.

Since 1890, the Sisters of the Holy Faith have dedicated themselves to serving the Clontarf community and surrounding communities by providing Primary and Secondary education.

Margaret Aylward, foundress of the Holy Faith Sisters, began her work with the intention of handing on the Faith and providing education for the poor in post-famine Ireland. “Before all things, the children will be made strong in Faith – a Faith that is living and operative”.

Holy Faith Secondary Schools were opened in Dublin in the second half of the 19th Century at the discretion and request of Cardinal Paul Cullen, so that Catholic education could be as widely available as possible.

“Before all things, the children will be made strong in Faith – a Faith that is living and operative”.

On September 22, 1890, four Holy Faith Sisters founded a school in Clontarf. The present Secondary School building opened in 1950 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in the year 2000. A Board of Management was established in 1985 and the school had its first lay principal appointed in 1987.

In September 2009, the Holy Faith congregation, along with 12 other religious orders, joined the Le Chéile Catholic Schools Trust. The purpose of the trust is to promote Catholic education as an option within the Irish education system and to develop the schools of the congregations in the service of their local communities, the state and the church.

While being justifiably proud of its long tradition and heritage, Holy Faith, Clontarf, strives consistently to adapt to the educational requirements of a rapidly changing world and has a history of commitment to curriculum innovation and development. The school is traditional, contemporary and futuristic. It draws from and relies on the Christian values of the past, works to help its students meet the challenges and reality of the present and to look to the future with maturity, confidence and hope, empowered by a broad general education.

The school has a tradition of high academic achievement and the majority of students go on to third level education. Surveys of the parents of prospective students consistently rank academic performance, subject sampling and non-streaming as the principal criteria by which they decide to send their daughters to Holy Faith, Clontarf. Parents would have an expectation of academic success and seek information as to the destination of Leaving Certificate students.

Sport plays a significant role in the life of the school with particular successes over recent years in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, and Camogie.

The school also has a long tradition of social responsibility. This is evidenced in our work with various charities such as the St Vincent de Paul, the Irish Guide Dogs Association and the Central Remedial Clinic. A Social Justice Programme incorporating a period of work experience is an integral part of the Transition Year programme.


Holy Faith Schools aim to create a community through which is formed an integrated and self-reliant people who deeply experience God, who have a sense of responsibility to Church and to society, who are critically aware of injustice and of the needs around them, who are eager to build a better world. (Religious and Educational Philosophy of the Holy Faith Sisters.)

Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf, aims, within the resources available, to provide an excellent, all round education in a Catholic environment. Through a learning community of faith and justice, based on respect, we seek to form integrated and self-reliant persons, who will be moved to work for a better world.

Our objectives are:
To pursue excellence in all areas of school life, academic, creative and practical.
To nurture a friendly and caring environment which allows each student to develop her own natural talents and gifts.
To recognise our responsibility towards the wider community and develop a spirit of service.
To offer opportunities for the spiritual development of each member of the school community.