Barbara Ennis

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Nicole Dickerson, a sixth-year boarding student at St Columba’s in Dublin. “There is a great support system here because we are surrounded by friends,” she says. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Not so long ago, things were looking bleak for boarding schools: student numbers were falling, Government funding for private education was being cut (...)

Surveys indicate that pupils in all-girls schools are more likely to feel exam stress and feel negative towards school. Photograph: Getty Images

There is a popular notion that single-sex education is better for students, and particularly for girls. The extensive body of research into the relati(...)

Barbara Ennis, principal of Alexandra College in Dublin 6: “Parents have a choice and they want to invest in their children’s education.”  Photograph: David Sleator

Not so long ago, many private schools were facing falling student numbers, government funding cuts and an uncertain future. Several private schools o(...)

Rosemarie Stynes, principal of Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, with some of her students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s a line in Grease that stuck in the minds of us teenagers enthralled with the classic high-school musical. Rydell High’s Principal McGee used i(...)

Glenstal Abbey  School is an example of how many schools in the fee-paying sector are rebounding after a few turbulent years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Pupil numbers in fee-paying schools are on the rise as the economy recovers and are likely to be back at boom-time levels soon, new figures show. Enr(...)

Free speech on college campuses is under threat from advancing political correctness, which increasingly dictates that the right not to be offended is given priority over freedom of speech. File photograph: iStock

Robust debate, challenging ideas, dissenting opinion and free speech. These are the central tenets of campus life - helping young people to broaden t(...)

Barbara Ennis, principal of Alexandra College,  Milltown,  Dublin. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Many Irish parents still choose to educate their children in single-sex environments, despite mixed research findings on the subject, or perhaps becau(...)