D7ET national school is part of the Educate Together family of schools. We base our work on the idea that education should be child-centred, striving for the best educational outcome for every child. The Educate Together ethos is based on four principles:
Equality-based — Children of all denominations and none are equally welcome into our schools.
Co-educational — Educate Together schools are open to girls and boys and gender stereotyping is addressed and challenged.
Child-centred — this applies not only to teaching and learning within the classroom but to all decisions at staff and management level, which must have the well-being of the children at their heart.
Democratically-run — parents are viewed as a positive resource for the school. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged, where appropriate. The professional role of the teacher is validated at all times.
At D7ET, we are very fortunate to have a dedicated, talented, and hard-working staff, made up of classroom teachers, learning support staff, resource teachers, special needs assistants, ancillary staff, and principal. Many staff freely give their time to run sports teams, music, and other events and activities.
Our school started in September 2000 as a result of the determination of a group of parents. We opened with 47 pupils and three teachers, spending our first two happy years in a Georgian house on Henrietta Street, rented from the Kings Inns.
We quickly outgrew this accommodation and moved to St Joseph’s School for the Deaf in Cabra in September 2002. From the foundation of our school, the planned campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology in Grangegorman was identified as a suitable site for our permanent premises. Since September 2009 we have been located on Fitzwilliam Place North, which is a quiet part of the DIT campus, away from the ongoing building work. The G.D.A. have appointed Grafton Architects as the design team for our permanent building on the new DIT campus, and plans for a three-stream school are well advanced. We hope to move into the new building in January 2021.