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School Policies


Policy Downloads

In addition to the policies summarised on this page - you can download copies from the list below or get copies from the main office in the school

Please also note that Bus Eireann has a policy of stopping school transport if there is a status red weather warning.

Attendance and Punctuality

It is important for their progress that students attend school regularly and punctually. In the case of irregular attendance or unpunctuality, a written explanation , signed by parents , must be sent to the School Principal.

The school is obliged under law to report any student who is absent for twenty days or more, to the National Education and Welfare Board. Parents have a vital role to play in ensuring that students attend school regularly.

Board of Management

The school has a Board of Management. Membership consists of parents, teachers, community representatives and representatives of County Carlow Vocational Education Committee. The board is a sub committee of Carlow Vocational Education Committee.

Book Rental Scheme

The school operates a very successful book rental scheme in order to reduce the cost of books for parents. Books supplied in this manner remain the property of the school and must be returned when the students complete the courses in which the books are used.

Conduct and Discipline

Our policy is to approach discipline as positively as possible. Our school's code of conduct combines firmness with fairness and we aim to develop and encourage reliance on self – discipline and responsibility as students move through the school. A copy of the school code of conduct and rules is given to parents and is fully explained to students.

Healthy Eating

The school encourages healthy eating with a Breakfast Club in the morning and healthy lunches available to all students during the day. A well – stocked tuck shop is open during breaks offering a variety of snacks.



Home School Links:

The school may be contacted at any time throughout the school year on an appointment basis during office hours. Formal parent – teacher meetings take place during the school term. School reports are posted home for every student during the school year. The Parents’ Council meet regularly and work closely with the principal.

Information evenings are organised for parents on topics such as : New first year students, LCVP and Transition year courses etc.

Parents’ courses are organized by the HSL officer on areas of interest to parents such as: Computers, Parenting skills, Anti–Bullying, Literacy and Numeracy, Study Skills etc.

Parents’ Association

An active parents’ association is vital to the life of any school. The association fosters co –operation between school and home and promotes the educational welfare and interests of the students. The Parents’ Association is a very valuable support to the school.


Each year, the school awards scholarships to students. These scholarships enable students to avail of extra tuition during the summer to improve their proficiency in French and Irish.


Student Clubs & Societies

The school encourages students to participate in environmental groups and is actively involved in the “Green Schools “ project.

Our students regularly participate in charitable work and fundraising , together with involvement in enterprise at the enterprise awards and enterprise trade fairs. Clubs such as the Homework Club, Music Club, Computer Club, Chess Club, Breakfast Club and Garden Club also take place within the school.

School Uniform

At Carlow Vocational School boys and girls wear a grey polo shirt. Boys wear grey or black trousers whilst the girls have a choice of either grey or black trousers or a fashionable tartan kilt.  All pupils must wear the school jumper in black v-neck with a trim of red and white.  The school crest is proudly worn on the jumper.  There is a
matching school jacket with crest which is optional.  All
pupils are required to wear black shoes. P.E. gear is based
on students’ individual choice of tracksuit bottom with a
grey school tracksuit top and white polo shirt, both carrying the school crest.