NPCPPConstituent Member of National Parents Council post primary

The Catholic Secondary Schools Parent Associations(CSSPA) is a constituent member of the National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp)

CSSPA    +     NPAETBS    +     COMPASS     +    PACCS    =    NPCpp

The secondary system contains a number of different types of school. Each of these sectors has their own National Parent Association.

On the 8th June 1985 Mrs. Gemma Hussey TD inaugurated National Parents Council Post-Primary and it became the umbrella group for the all the National Parent associations in the secondary section of the Irish education system.

In recent years NPCpp has become a limited company and is now named in the Education Act 1998. NPCpp would have the same rights to consultation as the Management and Teachers unions as a partner in Education at post primary level.

CSSPA represents catholic voluntary secondary schools. (Catholic Secondary Schools Parents Association)

NPAETBS represents the Vocational secondary schools. (National Parent Association for Educational Training Board Schools)

COMPASS represents schools or colleges which promote a Protestant or a minority ethos. (Co-operation of Minority Religions and Protestant Parents Associations (post primary).)

PACCS represents schools in the Community and Comprehensive sector.(Parents Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools)

NPCpp all of the above constituent bodies make up the NATIONAL PARENTS COUNCIL post primary.


About Us Our Aims and Ethos

The Catholic Secondary Schools Parents Associations is the representative body for Parents with children in Catholic Voluntary Secondary schools in Ireland. The CSSPA promotes the interests of parents and their children in the Catholic Voluntary Secondary School sector at local and national level. It comprises of local school parents' councils, regional councils and a national executive.

Our role is to help parents establish Parent Associations in secondary schools, provide information on the role of those Parent Associations and represent the views of those Parent Associations at national level on the National Parents Council post primary. We provide information and guidance to help parents and guardians.

  • have an effective Parents Association in place in every school
  • communicate with all parents and guardians of young people in post-primary education
  • support parents and guardians to participate and be active partners in education
  • provide a structure through which parents and guardians can inform and influence policy development
  • take an active role in influencing policy at a national level

Membership is open to Parents Associations in all Catholic voluntary secondary schools who subscribe to the aims of the CSSPA.

To support the rights of parents to be involved and consulted in the education of their children and promote the formation and development of Parents Councils in all affiliated schools

To promote the continuous existence of voluntary Catholic Secondary Schools.

To promote a holistic approach to education which will develop the spiritual, social, academic and physical characteristics of the student with emphasis on the growth of the individual.

To promote the continued availability of the Catholic education now provided in schools administered by religious orders in Ireland.

To promote the preservation of Christian values in our society.

To While respecting the autonomy of individual councils, to provide guidelines and recommendations for their effective operation, to keep them informed of trends in education, and provide when necessary, a means of co-ordinating their activities on a National level.

To promote liaison with other organisations concerned with education.

To foster an increasingly effective spirit of co-operation in all affiliated schools between management, teachers, parents and students.

To assist parents to know and obtain their rights, and fulfil their duties with regard to the education of their children, in that they are free to choose, according to their consciences, the type of school they want for their children, that they have an effective voice in educational development, and to promote an appreciation of the value of education among all sections of the community.