Construction begins on new autism unit at Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Bandon

Construction work gets underway.

There is great excitement at Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Bandon as the construction of a large autism unit commenced.

Currently, the school has four special classes for children with autism aged between the ages of 3-12 years. Each class has a maximum of six students with one teacher and the support from two Special Needs Assistants (SNA).

Special Needs Co-Ordinator at the school Jerry Ryan has expressed his delight of the commencement of the build. It has been almost five years since the first special class for children with autism officially opened in the school.

The construction of the new building will allow for more space, a sensory room, toilets, office space, play room and large classrooms.

Jerry said, “It is a very exciting time in Scoil Phádraig Naofa. A sincere thanks to our SENO’s Audrey O’Shea, Breda Brosnan and Marian Donovan for all their support throughout the years.”

For further information on enrolment places in the special classes contact Ann Twomey (Principal) or Jerry Ryan (Special Needs Co-Ordinator) on 023 884 4708. The school’s special needs enrolment policy for the special classes and application forms can be downloaded at