History of Deerpark CBS

Deerpark CBS is the oldest school on the southside of Cork. The school was founded in 1828 on Sullivan’s Quay by the Christian Brothers. The secondary school section of the ‘Quay’ moved to Deerpark in 1968 and continues to serve the inner city, Greenmount, Ballyphehane, the Lough, Glasheen and Togher areas.

For a comprehensive history of the school, especially when it was located in Sullivan’s Quay, please see the book ‘The Quay’ edited by Mick Finn. Copies of this are in Cork City Library and a limited number of copies are available from the school office. Click here to learn more about this book.

Mission Statement

As an ERST school we are inspired by the vision of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice who devoted his life to the service of others. Deerpark CBS is privileged to serve its local community.

Our school motto, Uaisleacht, evokes this spirit of service to others. We challenge each student to fulfil his unique potential as a student and a human being.

The keystone idea in all of our Codes is that each individual is entitled to respect but must also give respect.


Deerpark CBS is an Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) school. The vision and mission of ERST is to ‘Promote full personal and social development in caring Christian communities of learning and teaching’, and to ‘provide Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition’. There are Five Key Elements of an Edmund Rice School and these are;

  1. Nurturing faith, Christian Spirituality and Gospel based values
  2. Promoting Partnership
  3. Excelling in Teaching and Learning
  4. Creating a Caring School Community
  5. Inspiring Transformational Leadership

 The school is managed by a board of management, which consists of four trustee representatives, two parents’ representatives and two staff representatives. The board meets regularly from September to June.

The school is supported by an active and energetic parents’ council. The council meets regularly from September to May.

The students elect a student council as a student forum to discuss matters of student concern and service to the school.