Christian Brothers' School, or C.B.S. as it is commonly known, (Irish: Scoil na mBráithre Críostaí), is a secondary school located on the Glen Road area of west Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is directly facing one of its many sister schools, St Mary's Grammar School. C.B.S. was founded in 1962 by the Christian Brothers, a religious order founded by Edmund Ignatius Rice in the early 19th century. The main purpose of the school was to provide mainstream education to underprivileged children in West Belfast.EducationEducating the children of Belfast has always been the school's main aim, however before 2004 the school could only provide 5 years of secondary education. This was a result of the school's structure as it could not hold more than 750 pupils. The maximum year that a pupil could reach at the school was Year 12 (5th year). While in 5th year, the pupils would complete their GCSEs and await their results. After each pupil had received their GCSE results, they would then have to go in search of another school (secondary or grammar) that would accommodate their need for further education in the form of AS- Levels and A-Levels. The main choice, of course, was St Mary's Grammar School.In 2004 however, under the direction of Gerry Scannell (former Vice principal and temporary Principal until the arrival of Tom Armstrong), the option to stay at the school to study AS-levels and A-Levels was granted. The school was gradually changed to accommodate the Sixth form's educational needs and has continued to change to the present day. As of 2007, 96 Lower Sixth pupils have been accepted into the school, a record breaking number for the school. Most of the 96 pupils are returning students. However, a small minority of the 96 students come from different schools.
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