Is it worth spending a mint on your child's school?
While fee-paying schools continue to rise in number - to the detriment of non-fee paying ones - parents are now realising that a good education doesn't necessarily mean a costly one. Gemma O'Doherty reports
As schools go, it boasts the most prestigious address in the country, nestled amid millionaire mansions, elegant embassies, and corporate headquarters in the heart of Dublin 4. Its boys have rugby training in the sport's premier stadium, Lansdowne Road, and practise their strokes in the school's large private pool.
Teaching staff at the Ballsbridge college are well-respected in academic circles, seven of them authors of books on the secondary curriculum. Class sizes are typically 25 and under. Pupils joke that the school's motto, Optimum Optare - The Pursuit of Excellence - is drummed into them from Day One, but it is a philosophy which filters through every aspect of their education, and is consistently reflected in exam and sporting results. The school's past pupils are widely represented across the professional world. It even lays claim to an archbishop, Diarmuid Martin, who spent his schooldays there.