Ballyheada National School is a Roman Catholic primary school recognised by the Department of Education and Science as a mixed primary school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Cork and Ross.
As a Roman Catholic School, Ballyheada National School aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all pupils cognitive, intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people, The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to Sixth class. It is an inclusive school and caters for children of all abilities. There are 8 full time teachers, including the principal and resource / learning support teacher, employed in the school. Special Needs Assistants are assigned to the school by the Department of Education and Skills to enable the inclusion of certain children with special educational needs.
Ballyheada National School operates under the Rules for National Schools and Departmental Circulars and is funded by grants. Staff are resourced by the Department of Education and Science. The school is subject to The Education Act (1998), The Education Welfare Act (2000), The Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (2004) equality law and all other relevant legislation. Ballyheada National School follows the curricular programmes laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.