About our school

Behy National School is situated 2.5 km from the roundabout at Judge’s Garage on the Sligo Road . The Ox Mountains are to the East, Nephin to the West, and on a clear day the outline of Croagh Patrick can be seen.

An Bheithí Mhóir means Birch land – we have many birch trees. Its translation into English can cause confusion as there are different spellings and versions of our school name in use. The official name (on the school roll book) is “Beheymore National School.” Locally, it is spelt “Behymore National School” and usually referred to simply as “Behy School.”

Over 60 years ago the parents and pupils planted trees per family. We benefit from this belt of trees known to generations of children as “the woods.” We have beech, alder, birch, and ash – a fine testimony to the foresight of previous generations.

We are lucky to have a very modern building with recent extensions in 2011 and 2013 providing a state of the art bu ilding for the school community. We have a wonderful Parents Association that has helped us provide excellent outdoor for our pupils including fa children’s playground and an Astroturf pitch. A Sensory Garden was added in 2015, which has proved a tremendously useful and popular resource for the children particularly during break times.


 We have cultivated a strong interest in and care for our local environment and are proud to have merited our 6th Green Flag in June 2013 along with the Award of Excellence in Science. We are also very interesting in physical activity and sport. Our school was awarded and Active School Flag in 2014 for ‘achieving a physical educated and physically active school community.’

We are also very interested in technology. We have a ‘Media Team’ consisting of pupils in senior classes, who update this website frequently. We also have a Film Club. Its members learn how to make films which they show at their annual Film Festival in Ballina Arts Centre. They also have won 5 national awards for film-making at the annual Fís (Film in Schools) Festival in The Helix in DCU including the top award for ‘Best Film’ in 2014.

Our school has many pupils of the third generation attending our school.

In addition we have many new families and are also fortunate to have the diversity of different ethnic groups which enriches our school.


One response to “About our school”

13 02 2012
  naoise judge (14:25:03) :

behy rock so does JEDWARD ;-]