FOR THE first time in Glenstal Abbey school’s 80-year history, it has been confirmed that day boarders are to be accepeted.
At the moment Glenstal is one of the last three full-time boarding schools remaining in the country, along with Roscrea and Clongowes.
Glenstal was second in last year’s Sunday Times list of the top 400 schools in the country and its fees for a boarder are €15,100 per annum.
Br Martin Browne, principal of the Benedictine monks run school, said the cost of a day pupil will be a bit below €10,000.
“They will stay for games, study and supper after school and go home about 7pm in the evening so they would have most of the same experiences as the regular seven day boarders. “That’s why we are calling it day boarders and not day students,” said Br Browne.
“We haven’t advertised it formally yet. The decision has been made. We’re doing it on a limited basis this year [September 2012] and we hope to be able to do it on a regular basis in future years,” added the principal.
The move is not in response to falling numbers due to the recession, he says.
“By making the decision to accept day boarders they hope to make it possible for a wider group of people to attend than previously. We want to protect the future of the school but also to make it more available to a slightly wider group. That is a big element. Obviously it is still not going to be an option that is going to be available for everybody,” said Br Browne.
Less than 10 day boarders will commence their studies in Glenstal in September 2012. First year is already full.