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The King’s Hospital School was founded in 1669. It opened in Queen Street in 1675. In 1783, it moved to a new building at Blackhall Place, which is now home to the Law Society of Ireland.

Between 1957 and 1966, The King’s Hospital acquired two small schools – Morgan’s and Mercer’s – which contributed to a growth in pupil numbers and a need for additional space. In 1970, the school made a final move – relocating to an 80-acre site on the banks of the River Liffey at Brooklawn in Palmerstown, Co Dublin.

Known for much of its history as The Blue Coat School, it is one of the oldest secondary schools in Ireland. 

Our school crest with its three burning castles is based on the Dublin City crest. 

That it survived and thrived down through the centuries is testament to its tremendous resilience and leadership. The King’s Hospital School weathered many historical, political and financial storms.


A co-education school since the 1960's, we are a home from home for our 280 Boarder and 440 Day Students. We are a close-knit supportive community, founded on Church of Ireland values of compassion, respect and personal repsonsibility. Welcoming young people of every faith and nationality. We are delighted to welcome our new Headmaster, Mark Ronan, who took up his post in January, and we look forward to a new and exciting future at The King's Hospital School.

New Head Announcement

from Ken Peare, Chairman

'On behalf of the Governors, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Ronan as Head of The King’s Hospital school, with effect from January 2019.  Mark is currently Headmaster of Pocklington School in Yorkshire.

A Cambridge Economics graduate, with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Business Studies and Economics, Mark has been dedicated to the field of secondary education for over 20 years - 11 of which have been as Headmaster - and it is a source of great pride to us that we have the opportunity to work with him as, together, we lead a school with such a rich tradition into the future.

Mark will leave an impressive legacy at Pocklington School, a co-educational school of 770 pupils, both boarding and day.  During his time there, he was an inspiration to his pupils and, through a wide range of initiatives, ensured that they were able to perform to the very best of their abilities, both within and outside the classroom.

Prior to his successful time at Pocklington, Mark was the Deputy Head - Academic in Trent College, Nottingham. Over his 4 years in this post, he implemented a programme of academic development that ultimately lead to significantly improved grades and academic performance across the school.

Mark’s experience also extends to the management and structure of boarding schools. He served as Housemaster, Secretary of the Senior Common Room, and Assistant to the Director of Studies during his 10 years at Rugby School, Warwickshire. Here, he was also Head of Economics and Business Studies, coached the school's hockey and cricket teams, while also representing his colleagues and acting as a mentor to a number of Heads of Department and Housemasters.

With the benefit of Mark’s proven track record - working in three large, historic boarding schools, with an innovative and progressive approach to all aspects of school life, from academic to extra-curricular and pastoral care - we look forward to him leading The King's Hospital to continued success in the years ahead.

Mark and his wife Fiona will be living on campus and are extremely enthusiastic about being part of what is a very vibrant community.  In particular, Mark is looking forward to working with the whole school community - pupils, parents, past pupils, colleagues and governors - on the KH 350th anniversary celebrations.

This is an exciting time for The King’s Hospital and we are sure that you will join us in welcoming Mark to the school.