St Patrick’s Grammar has a range of excellent facilities for the students to enjoy. These include:
The Study Hall is a facility for Year 13 and Year 14 students to study in a quiet environment during periods when they are not timetabled for class. In total it can cater for 120.
There are 20 computers for students to use for computer based work. The tables in Study can accommodate four students per table. Study facilities are also available to Year 12 students during study leave.
We offer a supervised evening study facility that students from Years 12 – 14 can use. We have a large number from Portadown, Lurgan and South Armagh and the study time after school is geared around those who have to travel late on buses.
The times of evening study are 3:40pm – 5:30pm Monday to Thursday. This is a very worthwhile study and students in the past that have used this facility have gained top marks in their GCSE’s and A-Levels. During the month of January there is an additional late study which runs from 6:30pm – 8:30pm to accommodate those students sitting AS/A2 modules. There is no charge for this facility.
Easter Study is also available each year and runs from Tuesday to Friday of Easter week, 9:15am – 3:30pm; this is available to students in Years 12 – 14. Again this is offered free of charge.
The Library is open and supervised before, after school and during lunch at the following times:
At breaktime during English/LLW Week
Students may use this time for quiet reading, individual study, to complete assignments, to use computers or to change their library books.
There are over 10,000 books in the school library to help students with their studies and for leisure reading. The following newspapers are available for consultation:
Daily- Irish News & Irish Times
Weekly – Armagh Observer & Ulster Gazette
The Library subscribes to the following magazines: Time, Top Gear, National Geographic, Newsweek, Hogan Stand, Focus, Computer Active & Mountain Log
Students in Years 8, 9 & 10 are timetabled to come to the library every fortnight with their English and LLW teachers to exchange library books and for library skills classes. Year 11 students also have a timetabled class fortnightly.
Year 8 – 1 fiction book
Year 9 – 11 – 2 books
Year 12 – 3 books
Year 13 – 14 – 4 books
Staff – 25 books
There are 21 computers in the library, a scanner, printer, interactive white board, TV and DVD/VCR, Radio/CD Player, and Coomber. All computers are on the C2k network, have internet access, printing facilities, and are available before and after school and during breaktime.