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The King’s Hospital aims to provide a learning environment in which pupils can achieve the standards of excellence appropriate to their potential and ability.

The cultural, creative and intellectual development of each pupil is highly valued and every aspect of school life is designed to advance this process.

List of Subjects taught at Junior & Senior Level - CLICK HERE

Students pursue a 6-year course on entering the School, begininning in Form 1, where the students sample a variety of subjects and choose one European language; French, Spanish or German. Students then choose two out of six choice subjects; Technology, Art, Music, Business, Technical Graphics, Home Economics to take in to Form 2 and will sit eleven subjects in total for their Junior Cycle at the end of Form 3. This is followed by the Transition Year in Form 4, where students will take advanced levels of the Junior Cycle core subjects as well as sampling other subjects, to assist them in choosing the right subjects for the Senior Cycle, Form 5 & 6. Students begin by taking eight subjects in Form 5 but the best grades of six subjects are counted in the Leaving Certificate for University Entrance. The Leaving Certificate exam is taken at the end of Form 6.

The School’s programme addresses two primary objectives – education for living and education to make a living – and it is constantly adapted to meet changing needs, offering a comprehensive and progressive range of subjects, extensive specialist facilities and a highly qualified teaching staff.

Gifted & Talented Students

Pupils that have been identified as academically gifted and talented are supported and challenged within the school with allocated resources. Form 1 students that have attained an exceptional grade in their entrance exam will be notified and invited to sit the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland's Entrance Exam currently the SCAT, which on passing entitles them to attend the CTYI Summer Courses and Correspondence Courses.

Students are also encouraged to participate in our many extra-curricular activities such as; Maths Club, Chess, Scrabble Club, Creative Writing, Spelling Bee, Maths & Science Olympiads, SciFest, Debating, etc.

A useful website for parents of Gifted and Talented students is

In November 2017 our Headmaster, John Rafter, was asked to speak at the annual CTYI conference titled 'Giftedness in our experience'. Click here to read about all the other ways that The King's Hospital supports your gifted child.