Gerald Griffin St. Cork



Welcome to North Presentation Primary School

We are a vibrant primary school for boys and girls situated in the heart of the historic north side of the city, near the beautiful Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne. We have a very diverse school community and are proud of the many different cultures and nationalities our children represent.

North Pres. has a long and proud history of education on the north side of Cork city. Our aim is to combine the best traditions of the Presentation ethos with modern teaching aids and ideas so that our pupils can look forward to the future with confidence.

We as a staff at North Pres. strive to ensure the best educational outcomes for all of our pupils. We firmly believe in the importance of developing our pupils in a holistic way; socially, emotionally, physically as well as academically. We do so in a way that is fun and meaningful for the children.

Working in partnership with parents, guardians and the wider school community is of the utmost importance to us. You as parents and guardians are the primary educators of your children, therefore we strive to have strong links between school and home.

We are very proud of our school here in North Pres. We aim to provide a safe, fun learning environment for our pupils, where they will flourish and grow.

We are looking forward to a bright and happy year ahead.

Kind regards,

Susan O’ Neill

Acting Principal



2023-2024 Fundraising Campaign

We have been very fortunate in recent years to improve the learning and education experience in our school by means of fundraising. This year, the purchase of three new interactive whiteboards was identified by our staff and management team as a priority. We have two Clevertouch smart screens in our school already and these boards have had a hugely positive impact on the teaching and learning for these classes. 

If you would like to make a small financial contribution to help us purchase three new screens, you can make a donation online at the following GoFundMe page.



School of Sanctuary

We are working towards becoming recognised as a School of Sanctuary!

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment that benefits everybody, especially families seeking sanctuary. It is a school that helps it students, staff, parents, and the wider community to understand what it means to be a refugee and to extend a welcome to everyone regardless of their immigration status. Schools of Sanctuary is not a project, nor a short-term school initiative. It is a culture that schools achieve over time to ensure everyone feels welcomed, safe, and included in the school and beyond.

It begins with 3 core principles: Learn, Take Action and Share.


News and Updates

Keep an eye on our galleries on our class pages and we also very regularly post on Twitter/X @NorthPresPrim with news, photos of activities and updates. 



School Year 2023-2024

School starts for ALL classes at 8.40 am. 

Junior & Senior Infants finish at 1.20 pm 

1st – 6th Classes finish at 2.20 pm

Please click on the following link to see our School Calendar 2023-2024



Our Admissions Notice for New Junior Infants for the 2024-2025 will be available to view on the Forms & Information page from October 1st.

Enrolments will be accepted from Tuesday October 3rd 2022 for New Junior Infants for next year.


Our School Campus

We are very proud of our school campus which includes an outdoor classroom, the adjoining convent gardens, a wildlife garden with a pond, a sensory garden, and a fantastic synthetic playground complete with a running track. North Presentation is a buzzing school oasis, based only minutes’ walk from the city centre, in the shadow of the North Cathedral and St. Anne’s Church, Shandon. Please click on the link below to see an overview of our school grounds in 2021.



About Us

Our school is situated in the historic centre of Cork City under the Shandon Bells and a stone’s throw from the Cork Butter Market. North Pres. has a long and proud history of education on the northside of Cork city. Our aim is to combine the best traditions of the Presentation ethos with modern teaching aids and ideas so that our pupils can look forward to the future with confidence and skills.

North Presentation Primary School caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants. We have been granted coeducational status on a phased basis. Details for enrolment are as follows:

  • For the 2021-2022 school year we have boys and girls from Junior Infants – 2nd Class and girls only from 3rd Class – 6th Class
  • For the 2022 – 2023 school year we have boys and girls from Junior Infants – 3rd Class and girls only from 4th Class – 6th Class
  • For the 2023-2024 school year we have boys and girls from from Junior Infants – 4th Class and girls only from 4th Class -6th Class 

It will continue in this manner each year. By the year 2026 we will be fully coeducational. 

We have an Early Start Pre-School catering for girls and boys aged 3 to 4 years.

Our school is a Catholic school founded by the Presentation Order. We also welcome and cater for children from all other religions.

North Pres. School is a diverse community with pupils from more than 40 Ethnicities. We encourage respect and inclusivity.

We see parents as the primary educators and value their contribution to our school through our active Parents’ Association and our Home-School-Community Links Programme.

School Policies and Plans are available to parents from the Principal’s Office and are available to download and view from the Policies Page (see link on the right hand bar).