Our rich history began when Raymond Kearns, the founder of The Institute of Education, was born in Co. Roscommon in 1930. One of nine children, Raymond realised early on that the key to unlocking the door to opportunity was through education.
He was a bright student and earned a scholarship to the local boarding school, St Nathy’s College. Life here didn’t sit well with the young man however and at the age of 15 he left and sought employment with CIE as a clerk.
Raymond soon realised that his job offered very little in terms of future prospects and he decided to study in his spare time for his Leaving Certificate.
He earned his place in UCD and attained a BA degree. By this time, he was starting to show his entrepreneurial character and ran for President of the Student Representative Council, which he won in a landslide victory.
Raymond then won a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, “the Cathedral of Learning” to study the so called ‘New Mathematics’. When he returned to Ireland in 1961 he discovered his knowledge of the new mathematics was in great demand and he obtained the post of Senior Mathematics Master in Gonzaga College.
During his time in Gonzaga he gave private maths tuition to students and saw the potential to develop these classes in to a school. The idea of The Institute of Education was born.
The maths classes offered at The Institute of Education were so successful that a site was soon rented on Leeson Street in Dublin, and the classes extended to cover a range of Leaving Certificate subjects.
Today, The Institute of Education occupies an extensive campus on Leeson Street in Dublin and is one of the largest private second level schools in Ireland, sending more students to third-level colleges than any other school in Ireland.
The beliefs of its founder have been instilled into The Institute of Education, and with a new generation of the Kearns family now at the helm, the school continues to foster educational innovation in many ways. Progressive learning solutions, combined with the original values of hard work, determination and honesty, create a learning atmosphere that equips students with the skills they need to maximise their potential and be the very best that they can be.