Guidance and Counselling is at the heart of our pastoral care in St. Mary’s Diocesan School. We have two full time guidance counsellors, Ms Deering and Ms Delany who have a caring and supportive role in the school where students can obtain advice and support about a range of issues. Issues such as relationships to study skills or family difficulties to college advice and information. They are both on hand to meet with students in a confidential environment where each student is cared for and supported throughout their time in the school.

The Guidance Counsellor’s liaise with the school Principal, Deputy Principals, Year Heads, Tutors, Class Teachers and Learning Support Teachers. They also have contact with parents, psychologists, employers, colleges, counsellors and the Department of Education to ensure a comprehensive network is in place to support all students.


The role of the Guidance Counsellor falls into three areas:

1. Educational Guidance & Counselling – providing support at key moments during your time in school. The Guidance Counsellor is involved in helping with the transition from primary to secondary school and with helping with subject choices in first year and fifth year. The Guidance Counsellor also works with students on developing their study skills and future prospects.

2. Vocational Guidance & Counselling – working closely with students in 5th and 6th year regarding career and college choices.

3. Social and Personal Guidance & Counselling – the Guidance Counsellor is available to meet with students to talk about any issue that may arise in their school life. The students also have talks and workshops on stress management, making friends and mental health.

Useful Websites

  • Higher Education

    Central Applications Office website for those intending to apply to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) the information on the CAO website should be carefully considered.

    Access College website outlines how specific applicants to the CAO may avail of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE). Both of these schemes are aimed at increasing participation rate in Higher Education.

    UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for those who intend to apply to colleges in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

  • Student Finance

    These websites outline what financial assistance is available regarding grants.
    Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)
    Student Finance

  • Careers


    National Learners Database
    Assists in making informed choices for education, training and career pathways.
    Employment trends, employment outlook for various occupations and employee profiles in each occupation.