Co. Limerick Ireland
Glenstal Abbey School

‘….so that the strong may have something to strive after, and the weak may not fall back in dismay.’ - Rule of St Benedict


Glenstal Abbey School stands out as one of the leading boarding schools in Ireland for boys aged 12-18. The school was founded in 1932 by the Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey. The school is set in a stunning 500 acre (200 ha) estate which includes buildings of historic interest, a working farm, forestry and park land. Situated near Limerick, Glenstal Abbey is only a 40 minute drive from Shannon Airport and just over two hours from Dublin Airport.

  • Day school tuition No Information
  • Grades for day school 7th Grade/Year 8 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Scholarships Available Yes
  • Number of Students 230
  • Year founded 1932
  • Boarding school tuition $22100 - $27200 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 7th Grade/Year 8 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Curricula Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed


The school has approximately 230 students, with small class sizes of normally between 12 and 16 students. A broad curriculum is on offer, delivered by a dedicated and passionate teaching staff. Glenstal consistently maintains delivers academic results across a wide ability range, with students achieving the equivalent of three A* grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate. Most students go on to study at universities throughout Ireland, England and Europe. Glenstal has regularly topped The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ survey over the last 10 years.


The Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate curricula of the Irish Department of Education and Skills are followed. All students follow the Junior Certificate Award which concludes in 3rd Year. Transition Year is compulsory in 4th Year. All students sit the Leaving Certificate at the end of 6th Year. Further information here -

Admissions Information

Admissions Process

There is no better way for parents to discover what life is like for a student here than to explore the school and its grounds for themselves. Please contact us to arrange a visit.

  • Students can join after the academic year begins Yes
  • Waiting List Yes


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • Learning support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught English, French, German, Irish, Latin
  • Examinations available

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Pastoral Care Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school Yes
  • Most common nationality Irish
  • Max class size 18
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Uniform required No
  • Average class size 15

Living Accommodations

The school operates a horizontal boarding house structure with three houses: Junior, Inter and Senior. First to Fifth Year boarders have shared accommodation, while single rooms are available to Sixth Year boarders. This balance in the type of accommodation fosters friendship among the students and enables their Housemasters and other staff to provide age-appropriate pastoral support to the students.

Bus Service

A bus service operates for day-boarders subject to demand. The service operates mornings and evenings Monday to Saturday. There are 2 routes currently offered.

Pastoral Care

Glenstal provides students with a challenging and supportive environment where they can discover and develop their specific talents and so reach their potential. Finding the precise programme of learning and development that suits each student is a key feature of a Glenstal education. Glenstal provides education rather than mere tuition. ‘Education, we believe, is transmitted through person to person relationship. Contact is even more important than content. Such transmission is a shared experience which will play through in the hearts and minds of students for a long time.' - Fr Martin Browne OSB, Headmaster.

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes
  • Percent that pursue university 100