Knockevin Special School

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33 Racecourse Hill, Downpatrick, Down BT30 6PU




Knockevin Special School

Senior Department

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

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.



Knockevin has a strong link with the South Eastern Regional College.  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 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.

School Links

Our senior school programme is supported by links with local schools that allow us to extend the variety of activities we offer and provide opportunities for social skills development. These links include –

  • A music and drama link with the Assumption Grammar School
  • A science and technology link with St Patrick’s Grammar
  • A student council link with Down High School
  • Participation in the Ballynahinch Shared Education Choir

Work Placements

The senior students have a range of job opportunities that they can avail of in their final years.  Work placements have included; Gordon’s Chemist, Down Leisure Centre, IFA, Strangford Court Care Home, Denvir’s, Brookvale Dog Kennels, Patricia’s Petals, McDonalds and Crossgar Car Wash. The senior students gain a great deal of confidence and experience from our valued employers.