Our Story so far

John Scottus Primary and Secondary schools were founded in 1986 by a number of parents who wished their own children to be educated in the light of the philosophical principles which they were meeting in their studies in the School of Philosophy and Economic Science. The schools are named after John Scottus Eriugena who was the foremost philosopher of Ireland’s Golden Age. His setting of the Christian teaching in the framework of Platonic thought was extremely bold and courageous for the times in which he lived.  Both the western Platonic philosophical tradition and eastern tradition of non-dualism have bought been instrumental in developing the ethos and practices of the John Scottus School.

The patron of the schools is the John Scottus Educational Trust. Similar schools exist in major cities around the world including London, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Johannesburg and Trinidad.

In 1999 the Primary School received recognition as a National School from the Department of Education and Science, while in 2000, the Secondary School received recognition as a Voluntary Secondary School. The Primary school is funded in part by the Department of Education and Science and through voluntary contributions. The secondary school is funded in part by the Department of Education and Science and through fees.

The Schools’ curriculum incorporates the standard primary and secondary school curriculum with a strong focus on Philosophy, Mindfulness, Classics and Speech. The schools have received strong endorsement from the Department of Education and Skills at recent whole school evaluations.

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