Transition Year

The Transition Year Programme is a unique one year programme that promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. TY provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.

In St. Ailbes School, some of the modules covered are Maths, English, French, Computers, Enterprise, Careers, Art, Woodwork and Music. Huge emphasis is placed on personal development and TY students take part in many activities such as the annual school musical, ‘Build a Bank’, ‘Young Social Innovators’, GAISCE awards etc.

Sample 1 TY Student Scrapbook

Sample 2 TY Student Scrapbook


Transition Year 20/21

Admission to the programme:

Students are invited to attend for a brief interview in May
A parent will also be requested to attend
The interview is very informal and lasts approximately 15 minutes
Following the interview, the students will be asked to sign a contract, committing to full participation in TY.
The purpose of the interview is also to establish what the students would like to achieve in the course of the year
Prospective students must have a good record of attendance, punctuality and behaviour
Students must have shown the ability to meet deadlines and complete assignments and have a genuine drive to participate
It would also be an advantage if the student has made a positive contribution to school life in their involvement with extra- curricular activities.
In the event that interviews are not permitted due to Covid-19restrictions, students will be requested to fill in a form answering the relevant questions that would otherwise be asked at the interview.




The list of subjects on the current TY programme include: English, Irish, Maths, Science, French, Geography, Religion, Music, Enterprise, Careers, Art, Coding, Woodwork, Computer Applications, PE and Future Leaders