Head of School's Welcome,

Welcome to St.Brid's Special School Website. The principal, staff, and Board of Management extend a warm weelcome to parents, carers and professionals who may be interested in the work of the school.


St. Brid's in the centre of Castlebar has enjoyed years of success in educating and caring for special ned pupils, helping them to achieve their full potential in a supportive and holistic environment.


The School is funded and regulated by the Department of Education and Skills and provides a broad and balanced education at primary and post primary level (4-18 years).
St. Brid's provides quality transition programmes into adult services.
The school is in the Tuam dioceses and under the patronage of Western Care and is managed by a Board of Management.
All aspects of school both organisational and curricular are child centred and designed to accomodate individual learning styles so that all puopils may experience success.
If you wish to learn more about the school, please telephone the school for an informal chat or to arrange a visit.


Ms. Catherine Craughwell


Our History

St. Brid's was officially recognised by the Department of Education in 1971. It was established by Western Care, a voluntary organisation in response to a need to provide children and adolesents who were not being catered for in the state education system.


The school started in rented accomodation in the old Church of Ireland School on the Mall, Castlebar.


After a long campaign, a new school was erected and officially opened in 1981 on Pavilion Road.

St. Brid's Today

Today St. Brid's provides individual education programmes fpr pupils with moderate to severe levels of learning and physical disability and pupils with autistic spectrum disorder.


 St. Brid's has skilled professional teachers, special needs assistants and nurse support staff working in small classes in specially adapted learnign environments.


St. Brid's in partnership with the local multi-disciplinary teams of the Health Service and Western Care provide a very supportive environment for all pupils.


St. Brid's welcomes the Department of Education and Skills recent announcement that the new school building will proceed to construction in 2017. The new school when complete will provide pupils and staff with a state of the art modern educational facility designed to meet the needs of the pupils with intellectual and physical disabilities.