Francis Street C.B.S.

School Type: Public, Primary School

Age group: 7-12 

Number of students: 150

Year Elected: 2014


Based in Dublin’s inner city, Francis Street CBS is a boys’ primary school with 145 pupils aged between 7 and 12 years. Recognised by the Irish Department of Education as a DEIS Band 1 school, Francis Street is considered to be tackling the highest level of social and economic disadvantage impeding education.  Where schools in similar environments might be defined by rules and punishment, Francis Street takes the opposite approach, focusing on developing the social and emotional intelligence that confronts behavioural problems at their root.  With a school culture founded on empathy, the boys in Francis Street grow to control their emotions and express themselves with confidence as they move into their teenage years.

Changemaking Initiatives:

  • Many programmes operating in the school are cultivating empathy and social-emotional intelligence, including Friends For Life and Rainbows Programme (grief management). 
  • Weekly themes to promote a positive school environment (e.g.  Compliments Week, Friendship Week, Positive Week, Random Acts of Kindness Week)