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Welcome to Sandylane National School’s new website. Sandylane NS is also know as Scoil Náisiúnta Cúil an tSúdaire 2.
We hope our new website gives you the opportunity to keep up to date about life in our vibrant school.

Principals Address:

Céad mile fáilte go suíomh gréasáin Sandylane. Welcome to Sandylane’s website.
Sandylane is a co-educational primary school under the Patronage of the Church of Ireland. Our dedicated staff work hard and strive with the aid of the community, to create the best and safest learning environment for the children in our care. We are very fortunate to have a very supportive and proactive Parents Council who run a book rental scheme, fundraise and assist with many school activities.
I hope you enjoy browsing through our website. If you have a question on any aspect of our school life, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Deirdre Chute - Principal



Principal: Ms. Deirdre Chute
Vice Principal: Ms. Orla Whittle
Teaching Staff
Junior Infants and Senior Infants: Ms. Angela Breen
First and Second Class: Ms. Sarah Whiteford
Third and Fourth Class: Ms. Elaine Cobbe
Fifth and Sixth Class: Ms. Orla Whittle
SET: Ms. Deirdre Chute
Special Needs Assistants:
Ms. Sinead Maher
Ms. Audrey Nolan
School Secretary:
Ms. Joany Carter

Board of Management:

Sandylane is governed by a Board of Management. Boards of Management of primary schools have a four yearly term. It is the duty of the board to manage the school on behalf of the patron for the benefit of the students and their parents.

The school depends on the expertise of the members of the Board who work on a voluntary capacity to best govern our school.


Parents’ Council:

The Parents Council is made up of all parents & guardians at the school. The Parents’ Council Committee is formed each year at the AGM. New members are welcomed to the committee at the AGM, to bring fresh energy and new ideas. Everyone is invited to join the Parents’ Council and to attend the meetings. These meetings will be held virtually for the time being.

The Parent’s Council works in collaboration with the school management to:

  • Promote the interests of all the students
  • Enhance the learning environment
  • Raise funds for, and contribute to, school initiatives and activities
  • Support community events involving the school and parents

Mission Statement:

Sandylane National School (also known as Scoil Náisiúnta Cúil an tSúdaire 2), Portarlington, is a Church of Ireland National School. We endeavour to create a happy and safe environment which promotes the dignity and individuality of every pupil, enabling them to reach their full potential. We aim to educate the whole child in a Christian atmosphere in partnership with parents/guardians and the wider community.


History of the School

Nicholas Halpin's Boys' School in Upper Main Street was built around 1785. It subsequently became the Protestant School for Boys and Girls. In the 1950's it was decided to build a modern school to cater for the primary education of the local Protestant population. Land in Sandylane was kindly donated by the Ridgeway family and the school was officially opened by the Chief Inspector of National Schools on 31st January 1958.

Originally, the school had 2 class rooms and 2 teachers, 1 each for the junior and senior rooms. The junior room catered for junior and senior infants, Pupils from 2nd-6th class were taught in the senior room. The school catered for around 40 pupils for many years.

Phyllis Broomfield (later to become Phyllis Ridgeway) taught in the junior room and Emily Williams was the principal and taught the senior classes, when the school first opened. In addition to the 2 classrooms, there were boys and girls cloakrooms as well as one for staff. Outside there was a water tower and bicycle shed, both of which made way for further extensions. There were also extensive grounds, utilised initially for playing and sports days, and would in due course facilitate the enlargement of the school, while still leaving room for outdoor activities.

The school was extended many times over the years. The school now has four mainstream classrooms, a SET room and a GP room.

Nicholas Halpin's Boys' School built circa 1785 Photo of the Official School Opening Sandylane NS, January 31st 1958


Google Location Map:

Sandylane National School,
Sandy Lane,
Co. Laois,
R32 Y195,
Phone: 057 8643281

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