Abbey Vocational School
Donegal Town

Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome


Dear student, parent, staff member and visitor,

Welcome to the website for the Abbey Vocational School. My name is Alan Thompson and I have the immense privilege of being principal of this school.

Our school operates under the patronage of Donegal ETB and our ethos and values are those of all ETB schools. We are a State, Co-educational and Multi-denominational school and we are committed to the five core values of:

  • Excellence in Education
  • Care
  • Equality
  • Respect
  • Community

In our school we place our students at the heart of everything we do and this is reflected in our school’s Mission Statement:

Abbey Vocational School is dedicated to the holistic development of students in a caring environment where tolerance and respect are nurtured and valued.

Our student-centred approach is reflected in all that we do. It is to be found in the broad and comprehensive curriculum we offer to suit the academic needs of all students. It can also be seen in the wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities offered by the school to nurture and develop the talents, aptitudes and interests of our students. It can be seen in the extensive student support systems we have established to make sure that the physical, social, emotional and learning needs of the students are catered for. It is seen in the celebration of student voice and student leadership in our school.

That same student centred approach is also lived out in the relationships we forge between our students and an excellent and hard-working staff - strong relationships of inclusion and mutual respect; and, in the school’s partnership with parents.

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We are the sole second level school serving Donegal Town and the surrounding area and we have the incredibly important responsibility of safeguarding the education of all of the young people in the local area. Our school takes this responsibility very seriously and is very conscious of its place at the heart of the local community and of the need to work with the community for a shared future.

I trust and hope that this website will provide you with all of the information you need about our school; about who we are; what we do here; how we support our students; and, what’s going on here on a daily basis. Our website is a one-stop shop for visitors and I hope you find it helpful and that it gives you an insight into all of the great things that are happening in our school.


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The Glebe, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, F94A409.
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