Gerald Griffin St. Cork



 North Presentation Primary School 


Message from Principal

To All Our Staff, Parents and Pupils:

I am always so very proud of our warm, friendly, caring and inclusive school. We strive each day to be a happy, safe place for all. To be a sanctuary in times of need or distress. To be that ‘good place’ for staff, parents and pupils.

Our staff make me proud and grateful every single day when I see the love for and commitment to each and every pupil they demonstrate.

Our parents are so wonderfully supportive, friendly, helpful and kind.

And best of all the children, well those little people are just amazing, each and every one!

Wishing us all a happy, safe and healthy school year. 

love ,


North Presentation Primary School are in the process of being 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.


All schools are required to have a policy outlining behaviour and discipline procedures in the school. We have reviewed our policy over the last months and felt we needed a new policy more in line with our ethos of care and respect. The old policy was called Code of Behaviour & Discipline and our new policy is called:

Code of Relationships, Care and Respect. 

You can access it here: Code of Relationships, Care and Respect North Presentation Primary


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


Our Admissions Notice for New Junior Infants for the 2023 – 2024 will be available to view on the Forms & Information page from October 1st. Enrolments will be accepted from Saturday October 1st 2022 for New Junior Infants for next year.


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



A Learning Oasis

 North Presentational Primary School are on a high as they celebrate the opening of their new outdoor classroom and the granting of their co-educational status for September 2021. To mark this new phase, the school have launched a video of their wonderful facilities; a new outdoor classroom, the adjoining convent gardens and a fantastic synthetic playground complete with 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. It has so much to offer the children of the area and the staff have made every effort possible to enhance the facilities during the Lockdown periods.

 School Principal, Ms. Nickie Egan said “The new outdoor classroom has been a huge boost for the pupils and staff, as it allows the children to engage in learning in a different environment, while getting some fresh air. We are also very lucky that the North Presentation Sisters have so kindly allowed us to use their beautiful convent gardens, which are a learning oasis in the middle of the city. Many people do not even know about these gardens, they are our best kept secret and the children love exploring there! Although it has been a very difficult year for everyone, we feel that the outdoor classroom and the granting of co-educational status has been the silver lining for us. We look forward to seeing the school continue to prosper and grow over the coming years.”

 Applications are now open for the Early Start Pre-school facility, which offers morning or afternoon pre-school facilities for children aged between 3 years 2 months and 4 years 7 months. The school is also accepting applications for children from Junior Infants upwards. 

On Tuesday August 31st 2021 there will be 2nd class boys in the school for the first time in its’ history. The school , from now on, will be able to keep their precious boys every year all the way to the end of their primary school education.

Almost 300 years after Nano Nagle first began teaching the children of the locality, the teachers of North Presentation Primary School continue her legacy, with a few hidden gems in the new outdoor classroom and convent gardens!  For more information on enrolments, please contact










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 will have boys and girls from Junior Infants – 2nd Class and girls only from 3rd Class – 6th Class

For the 2022 – 2023 school year we will have boys and girls from Junior Infants – 3rd 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).