Sandford Park School

Sandford Park School is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational secondary school, located in Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland. It was founded in 1922.

Sandford Park School

Coordinates53°19′20″N 6°15′01″W / 53.322202°N 6.25014°W / 53.322202; -6.25014Coordinates: 53°19′20″N 6°15′01″W / 53.322202°N 6.25014°W / 53.322202; -6.25014
PrincipalMs Edith Byrne
GenderCo-ed (since 2013)
Age12 to 18
Number of students>350
Colour(s)Green, Gold and Purple


The school was founded in 1922 by Alfred Le Peton, who served as its first headmaster. He had previously served as joint headmaster of Earlsfort House School alongside Ernest Exshaw.[1] It was decided to move the school from the terraced city-centre property of Earlsfort House to the 2.5 hectare Ranelagh property of Sandford Park, originally designed in 1894 by Thomas Edmund Hudman for James P. Pile, a property developer and Hudman’s brother-in-law.[2][3] The school was founded as non-denominational, to contrast with the majority of schools in Ireland at the time, which had religious patronages.[4] In its first year of teaching, the school had enrolled fifty-three boys.[1] Le Peton resigned as headmaster in 1925.

In 2013, the school began accepting enrolment for girls in all year groups, and in 2017 there were 370 students attending in total, of whom a third were girls.[1][5]

School principalsEdit

  • Gwynn Seton Bradshaw Mack 1922–1931
  • Arthur Douglas Cordner 1934–46
  • Major P.G. Wormell 1946–53
  • Maurice Wilkins (Acting Headmaster) 1953–54
  • Trevor Dagg 1954–1960 [1st period]
  • Dr Hector Rex Cathcart 1960–1967
  • Trevor Dagg 1967–1980 [2nd period]
  • Ian Steepe 1980–1985
  • William (Bill) R. Tector 1985–1990
  • Dr John Harris 1990–1996
  • Michael Whelan 1996–2003
  • Edith Byrne 2003–present

Notable past pupilsEdit

Past pupils UnionEdit

The Sandford Union was inaugurated in the 1930s, to enable past pupils to keep in touch with one another and the school itself. The Sandford Union hold several events during the year culminating in the annual dinner held every year on the fourth Friday in November.


  1. ^ a b c "History". Sandford Park School. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  2. ^ "HUDMAN, THOMAS EDMUND – Dictionary of Irish Architects". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Lilburn Hall – September 2018". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Celtic High School". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Sandford Park school opens its doors to girls after 91 years". Retrieved 8 May 2020.

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