St. Catherine’s Vocational School is situated in south Donegal on the outskirts of the town of Killybegs, Ireland’s main fishing port. It is a non-denominational, co-educational second level school. There are twenty six teaching staff, five Special Needs Assistants and three support staff. The student population is 330 and the male to female student ratio is approximately 50:50. St. Catherine’s Vocational School is one of sixteen second-level schools administered by the Donegal Education and Training Board. Programmes on offer include, Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, Transition Year, Nursing Studies, eBusiness, Healthcare Support, Early Childhood Care FETAC Level 5 and FETAC Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education.
Facilities: The original two-storey building opened in 1987. In 2011 a building extension with two classrooms, fitness suite, changing rooms and disability access was added. In 2014 the autism spectrum disorder centre was added to the front of the school providing first class facilities for students, teachers and members of the community alike. The School gymnasium and all weather synthetic playing pitch double as a community resource during the evenings and both have a full schedule of activities. The school, in addition to its normal daytime schedule, offers a full range of adult education classes and parenting programmes during the evening.