Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh serves the Rushbrooke area of Cobh. This is a suburb of Cobh and the school is located approximately 1.9km from the centre of the town. Rushbrooke has seen huge growth in building and population in the last 10 years. In 1997 the school was surrounded by green fields. Over 2000 houses have been built in the immediate vicinity of the school since then.
Although Cobh has a total of 6 Primary Schools, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh is the only one located at the eastern side of the town. The school draws its pupils from Rushbrooke, Whitepoint, Newtown, Carrigaloe and the Eastern Suburbs of Cobh (Norwood Park, Springfield Park, Russell Heights and Assumption Place) in the main. However, pupils attend the school from all over Cobh and its hinterland. One of the major factors in non-local children attending the school is the location of grandparents or child-minders near the school
In recent years a growing number of non-English speaking children have attended the school. We now have children from countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and in North and South America
The school opened its first ASD Special Class in 2005. Since then we have opened two more ASD Classes. These are attended by local children as well as by children from Midleton, Clonmult, Carrigtwohill, Glanmire and Carrigaline. In September 2010 we opened a pre-school class for children in the ASD Spectrum and it was filled within days. We now call these four classes ‘Coiscéim’.
The local population began to grow rapidly following a building boom in the Rushbrooke area in the early 2000s. Today there are 49 teachers, 14 Ancilliary Staff (Secretaries, Caretaker and 10 SNAs) to meet the needs of 747 children
The old school was no longer fully fit for purpose and the cost of repairs to the fabric and services of the 1950s and 1980s building was a huge drain on BOM resources. In addition, there were 19 Pre-fabs in the school which were very inefficient buildings and particularly costly to heat in the winter. Some had to be abandoned in very cold weather
Finally, in 2008, it was decided that the school required a new building to house 24 Mainstream Classes and 2 ASD Special Classes
The new building finally started in June of 2011 and was completed in October 2012.