Our Accomplishments

“Not just a school but a learning community”

As CBS heads towards its 50th year it is time to take stock and acknowledge the vital role the school has played in the community and in the lives of its pupils.

In November 2007 the school was proud to be the recipient of The Aishling Award for Outstanding Endeavour. It was recognition for the hard work and commitment of both staff and pupils.

Post Primary education has changed in recent years and CBS has led the way, embracing new ideas and meeting challenges head on. Education is evolving with the demise of the transfer test and CBS stands ready to meet the needs of all its pupils well into the future.

“One of our main successes over the years has been our development of a learning community, involving educators from the non teaching professions. This innovation has provided an invaluable support for our pupils and staff and has fulfilled a target of taking education beyond the classroom doors in the interests of all our community of pupils parents and staff” Tom Armstrong. Principal

The school offers new vision of education for all our pupils with a wide range of exciting courses and enrichment programmes. Post 16 courses include Financial Services, Digital Music, Moving Image, Photography, Construction and Engineering. While our highly popular Step up to Science course, run in partnership with the University of Ulster, is guiding students towards a third level science qualification.

Meanwhile we have not forgotten the traditional route with pupils excelling in A level Politics, History, Sociology and ICT.

CBS has continued to register excellent exam results at both GCSE and A level, with many of our pupils going on to achieve great results at university.

CBS has always been a school in the heart of the community. We continue to strengthen the links with our local primary schools, running taster courses in Science and Technology, sharing resources and expertise with our neighbours.

The generosity of pupils has long been recognised. Organisations such as Trocaire, the Hospice Marie Currie and St Vincent de Paul continue to benefit from our fundraising efforts. While one of annual highlights is seeing the boys serve dinner to delighted OAPs at the pensioners Christmas do.

In the best tradition of Edmund Rice our pupils and staff find ways to see beyond their own lives and reach out to others. Our pupils have shown that you are never too young to be a role model for your community. CBS provides the opportunity and the boys supply the enthusiasm and determination. It’s a winning combination. Whatever the task, CBS pupils give 100 percent. Past Pupil, Niall Gormley sums up what CBS has meant to him.

“CBS is more than a school, it is a community. It cares not only about education, but about the wellbeing and interests of all its pupils. CBS has given me so many opportunities. I have been able to work with the BBC UTV and RTE which has helped guide me towards a career. I have seen the wonders of India through our Immersion Programme and worked in a Thai Orphanage which has been one the highlights of my life”

Whatever challenges face West Belfast in the future one thing is certain, CBS will continue to raise standards in education. We will continue to support the local community and we will continue to nurture the citizens and leaders of tomorrow.


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