Our School

D7ET School history

Ireland’s first Educate Together School was opened in 1978 as The Dalkey School Project. It aimed to establish a multi-denominational school that was child-centred, multi-cultural and co-ed.

Henrietta Street

Our own school started off small in September in the year 2000 because of the determination of a small group of parents. With 47 pupils and 3 teachers, we spent 2 years in a Georgian house on Henrietta Street, rented from The King’s Inn. Our school first started in an old house (aka 14 Henrietta St), that – nowadays – is a social history museum. But after a while it was too small for our needs, so we moved to St Joseph’s, Cabra in 2002.

St Joseph’s Navan Road

From Henrietta St we moved to the Navan Road. There was a large yard and playing field, as well as lots of stairs to climb. The building was like something from Harry Potter school and dated from the 19th century. We had a wonderful view of Dublin from the classrooms. We could see Cabra in the foreground, with Howth Head, Croke Park, Dalymount Park, Spencer Dock, Daniel O’Connell Tower, The Spire, Pigeon House all visible somewhere in the background.

Fitzwilliam Place North

We moved to the first Grangegorman site in 2009, and quickly set about making our school grounds beautiful! We are thankful to all of the school community for doing such wonderful planting in our early years here.

In 2019, we got a prefab containing two new classrooms for our sixth classes. The younger children in the school sometimes called these the “colourful classrooms”, due to the bright murals on them.

Grangegorman 2023

From the foundation of our school, the new campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology (as was then; now Technological University Dublin) in Grangegorman was identified as a suitable site for our permanent premises. Since September 2009, we had been located on Fitzwilliam Place North, which is a quiet part of the TU Dublin campus, away from the ongoing building work. The GDA appointed Grafton Architects as the design team for our permanent building on the TU Dublin campus, and construction of the new three-stream school building was completed in 2023. The school moved in June 2023 to our next and permanent location.