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Ransboro National School, Knocknahur, Co. Sligo

School Info


We are a seventeen teacher school situated at the foot of Knocknarea Mountain in Co. Sligo. We currently have 239 children attending our school and we pride ourselves on our high standards of positive behaviour and academic achievements.

We also have two classes for children with autism based in our school called “The Glen”. This is staffed by two teachers and four Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) for the twelve pupils enrolled there. 

We provide a wide variety of experiences for our pupils and have fine, modern facilities in a rural school community environment. We have had two comprehensive building projects in the last 10 years which have greatly enhanced the school environment, both inside and outside the school building.

We have a very positive school climate and we hope that you get a feel for this as you navigate through the pages of our website.


Opening Times

9.00am to 1.40pm – Infant Classes

9.00am to 2.40pm – All Other Classes

Check our Calendar for closures and holidays during the school year. The Board of Management (BOM) accepts no responsibility for pupils outside of these times.


School Name

During Penal Times, it is thought that mass was said at a mass rock at the back of the present old church at Ransboro. Its location is on a high hillside with an extensive view to enable those on lookout to see priest-hunters while they were a long way off. Tradition has it that during mass a wren would come out of a crevice in the rock and remained near the altar until mass was finished. From that tradition came the name “Wrensborough” or “Wrensboro”, now known as Ransboro. There is no such townland in the area called “Ransboro”.


School Crest

When the uniform tracksuit was being introduced to the school, a competition was held among the pupils to design the crest. The theme of the design was to be something of interest to the parish/locality. Paul Scanlon, a sixth class pupil at the time, won the competition. He drew a dolmen with Knocknarea in the background, both of which are of great historical interest in the area. Underneath is the name of the school as Gaeilge “Réalt na Maidne” (school of the Morning Star). The crest now adorns the tracksuit worn by all of the pupils.



Contacting Parents

On enrolment contact information provided by parents is uploaded to Aladdin (our computer based admin system). It is important that if this contact information changes for any reason, parents should inform the school as soon as possible. This contact information is used to make contact with individual parents if, for example, a pupil becomes ill at school.