BCC International School of Distinction Award 2023 CFES / TCD

August 2023

Balbriggan Community College is proud to announce that we are the recipient of International School of Distinction for the Eigth year running.

Balbriggan Community College wins two prestigious awards for 2022-2023 


School awarded Trinity Access: Schools of Distinction Innovation Award 


CFES/US Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction 



Balbriggan Community College has been recognised by Trinity Access, Trinity College Dublin, for their ongoing work in creating a college-going culture in their school.


The Schools of Distinction Innovation Award, conferred by Trinity Access, Trinity College Dublin, recognises and showcases the efforts of schools nationwide to transform their school culture and to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning.


The programmes in Balbriggan Community College are active student- centred programmes focusing on 3 core pillars of Mentoring, Pathways to College and Leadership in learning.


The principal congratulated all the staff and students for their commitment and dedication over the past year, as they worked with Trinity Access to support educational innovation and change.



Comments from the judges include 

‘ a vibrant and detailed application that clearly demonstrates the innovative work taking place in your school.’

’ particularly commended the range and diversity of activities that allow access points for all students to engage with the core practices’

’ the hugely successful school planning team ‘

Innovation Award winners support and encourage their teachers to explore innovative teaching methodologies, engage with other excellent teachers through the Trinity Access Community of Practice and establish Community of Practices within their own schools


For further information visithttps://www.tcd.ie/trinityaccess/teachers/unlinked/


Comment from our BCC school planning team, “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide movement to promote the importance of post-secondary education. Winning the School of Distinction: Innovation award recognises the ongoing work and dedication of our staff and students. We are rightly proud of this achievement.”



Dr.Lisa Keane, Director of Trinity Access says, “We are delighted to recognise the innovative, leadership and community focused work that these schools have achieved in an extraordinary year. We hope to share the learning from these beacons of creativity with all our other school partners. A warm congratulations from all in Trinity Access for your courageous and creative leadership.” 


CFES/US Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction 


Tara Smith, vice President of CFES/US Brilliant Pathways

‘Balbriggan Community College has been selected as a CFES Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction, based on its performance during the 2022-2023 school year. Achievement of School of Distinction status is testimony that Balbriggan Community College not only developed and executed an exemplary plan for its CFES Scholars, but also involved the entire school in our 10 Point College & Career Readiness Plan. This is an impressive achievement, especially given the disruptions of a global pandemic that you have faced in recent months. I congratulate you and your entire school community for attaining this honour and thank you for all you do to provide opportunities for your students.’



Congratulations to the staff, students, alumni, parents and whole school community who work hard to make this a true whole school award. A big thank you to the TA21/CFES team for their support and continual engagement with our school over the years.

International School of Distinction – Balbriggan Community College


2021 – 2022 


2019-2020 – COVID interrupted year





A brief outline of TA21/CFES in our school includes the following:

CFES School team plan and roll out a series of pillars to engage the whole school community. TA21/CFES focuses on implementation by supporting a range of student experience to include engagement with Mentoring, Pathways to college, Leadership in Learning. Fundamental to our work is focus on the health and well being of our students.

Much of this work is reflected in our school website. TA21 also provide CPD for our staff, helping us to prepare our students for the 21stCentury Teaching and Learning environment.