Board of Management

Role of the Board

A board of management for an ETB school has a clear remit to manage that school on behalf of the ETB.

The primary role of a board of management is one of governance. Governance is about providing direction and oversight for a school while ensuring that the rights of all members of the school community are upheld and that the school is accountable for its work.

The functions of a board may, in the main, be categorised under three different headings:

  • Policy setting
  • Monitoring the implementation of policy, strategy and plans
  • Supporting the principal and his/ her staff

(Extracted from Board of Management: Functions & Responsibilities. A Brief Guide for ETB School/ College Board of Management Members.)

The Board of Management of Coláiste Ard-Easpag Mhic Éil / Archbishop McHale College is made up of nominees from Galway, Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB), Parent nominees and teacher nominees. The Principal of the school is Secretary to the

Board of Management.

Boards of Management in the ETB sector are created and formed every five years so as to run concurrently with local Council elections.

School Strategic Plan

Please find a copy of our School Strategic Plan for Archbishop McHale College . This is a working document to help guide us the school over the next number of years . We have worked with many of our stakeholders to produce this document and we will continue to engage with our school community to improve our school.



DEIS: Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools

Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS), the Action Plan for Educational Inclusion, is the Department of Education and Skills action plan to address educational disadvantage. The Plan presents a set of objectives and actions to support children who are at greatest risk of Educational disadvantage and introduces the actions required to support them.  The Department prioritises a number of areas:

Our Prioritises for our students are –

  • Improve Pupil Retention rates
  • Improve Attendance rates
  • Increase Literacy Rates
  • Increase Numeracy Rates
  • Improve Attainment rates
  • Increase the Progression to Further and Higher Education
  • Increase Parental Engagement
  • Improve Community Links