Transition from Junior to Senior

Transition Year

Transition Year is optional but strongly recommended for pupils. This one year programme provides a bridge to enable students make the transition from the Junior Cycle to the Senior Cycle.
The purpose of the year is to promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of the students and to prepare them for their role as independent, participative and responsible members of society.
Research has shown that students who do this special year score higher points in their first sitting of the Leaving Certificate than students who actually repeat the Leaving Certificate.


  • Opportunity to make new friends and mix with other groups
  • Break from high-stakes examination stress before entering Senior Cycle
  • Varied teaching and assessment methods
  • Subject sampling
  • Participation in drama, mini-companies
  • Finding new interests and developing new skills (personal, social, practical and artistic)