Senior Department

    Head of Department - Deirdre Pim 

 Our Senior School encompasses students between the ages of 14 – 19 years of age, who have entered into what we call “Transition”. 

The aim of Transition is to identify opportunities and experiences during their school years that will help our students and prepare them for life as an adult.  Transition can assist our students in securing employment, pursuing post-secondary education and experiencing a meaningful community life. 


The seniors within Knockevin experience a wide range of new and exciting challenges and opportunities during their Transition years.



The senior students have a range of job opportunities that they can avail of in their final years.  Work placements include; Daisies Café, Gordon’s Chemist, Down Leisure Centre, IFA, Strangford Court, Denvir’s and Crossgar Car Wash. The senior students gain a great deal of confidence and experience from our valued employers.



Knockevin has a strong link with the SouthEasternRegionalCollege.  The students attend every Wednesday to avail of the various courses on offer.  Currently our students are covering courses in catering, art and ICT.  Not only does this link assist in the delivery of our OCR accredited modules, it provides a wealth of new experiences for our students and it enables them to integrate and socialise with students their own age.



OCR is a recognised and accredited examination board which we introduced to the senior school last year, with great success.  The students cover modules in Life and Living Skills at Entry Levels 1 & 2 and on the completion of each module, they receive points which when accumulated have seen our students receive awards, certificates, extended certificates and diplomas.  All the students’ accreditations are logged by the examination board and follow them on into further education – if that is the path they choose.



SHARE is Ireland's Largest Residential Outdoor Activity and Adventure Centre.

Based on Smith's Strand near Lisnaskea in CountyFermanagh - Northern Ireland, it is   the ideal waterside location for an outdoor activity and adventure centre.   SHARE accommodates all people from all backgrounds in large numbers.

SHARE is a charity that works for the inclusion of disabled and non-disabled people, by providing opportunities for all to participate in a wide range of creative, educational and recreational programmes including arts, land and water activities.


It welcomes over 15,000 visitors each year and Knockevin staff and students are privileged to be among these visitors.




Every two years, Knockevin, Torbank, Clifton and ParkviewSpecialSchools link to arrange an inter school formal evening for our students aged 16 -19 years.

Prior to the evening, the schools and students link during school hours for social meetings.  These events encourage new friendships and ensure that when we all actually come together for the Formal that everyone is comfortable and has a fun enjoyable evening.



Senior Students are very comfortable within their community and have a variety of links which include; Millennium Volunteers, St Mary’s Young Women’s Link Group, Down Leisure Centre, Work Experiences, De La Salle Secondary School, Downpatrick Community Police, Ballymote Health and Well Being Centre, Training and Employment Agency, Down Community Arts, Music Therapy and  Links with Travel and Tourism students from SERC ,