Linn Dara School
Linn Dara CAMHS Inpatient Unit,
Cherry Orchard Hospital,
Dublin 10
Telephone: 076 695 6525
Fax: 01 437 0782

General Information

The Linn Dara School Transition Programme has been operating since November 2015, as part of an Erasmus + project. This pilot phase will conclude in December 2016. From January 2017, CDETB has funded the programme. Currently there are two groups- one for pupils completing QQI Level 3 and Junior Cert. The second group is for pupils completing QQI Level 4.

This programme is available to young people between 15 and 18 years of age. They must be attending a CAMHS service and be referred by their CAMHS team. Priority will be given to those young people referred from our catchment area – Linn Dara CAMHS. As these are not designated Department of Education classes school transport is not provided. 

The programme is suited to young people who are experiencing difficulties at school due to mental health difficulties, which may be leading to social challenges, low attendance, or the risk of educational disengagement. The primary aim of the programme is to support young people with mental health difficulties back to education.

Video explaining more about the programme:

Programme Content

The programme content will include

  • QQI level 3 and 4 modules including Digital Media, Communications, Mathematics, Personal Effectiveness, Career Preparation and Self Advocacy as well as English, Mathematics, History, Geography, CSPE and SPHE short course.
  • SPHE sessions.
  • Liaising with educational placements.


Our Aims

The transition programme is a group, activity based, part time programme that aims to

  • Re-engage students in a positive learning environment by providing an academic, social skills and activity based program,
  • Enhance personal development,
  • Promote personal skills,
  • Provide learners with the opportunity to gain certification at either Junior Cycle and QQI level 3 or QQI Level 4.
  • The focus of the programme is on improving basic skills, goal setting and building skills and confidence of the participants. During the programme, the teachers work closely with each young person to build resilience and skills to facilitate social and educational success. The Linn Dara School Transition Programme endeavours to establish appropriate pathways back to education by linking in with students’ regular school or prospective alternative placements.



Palmerstown Youth and Community Centre, Kennelsfort Road Upper, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 (Beside SuperValu) 


The level 3 and level 4 programmes will operate separately. Timetables will be discussed at the initial meeting. Usually young people will attend for 3 mornings a week. 


Programme Booklets:

Linn Dara School Level 3 2017

Linn Dara School Level 4 2017



For further information contact
Anthony Burke 0766956525 or


Listen to what young people who previously participated on the programme thought about it.