On December 21 1978 the Schull Development Association asked the Co. Cork VEC to build a post-primary school to service the needs of the Mizen Peninsula. Further to the Department of Educations sanction for this proposal together with the goodwill of the Church of Ireland authorities, the Committee purchased an excellent acre site on the edge of Schull village and Harbour.
The new Community College was constructed to cater for 180 pupils and officially opened in September 1983. It is the sole provider of second level education for the area west of Ballydehob to Mizen Head and offers a comprehensive programme of education. Through local co-operation and official funding several initiatives have been completed to compliment the college provision in the intervening time e.g.
Construction of Squash Courts
Construction of Schull Planetarium
Construction of Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre
Construction of Schull Observatory
And more recently the completion of a significant college extension officially opened in April 2005