Kinsale Community School caters for 880 students aged 12–18 with over 70 staff and the principal is currently Mr. Fergal McCarthy. The school has a short but rich history becoming a leader in academics, sports, entrepreneurship and community work.
Kinsale Community School officially began on August 1, 1996, following the amalgamation of two schools, "Our Lady of the Rosary Secondary School" and "Kinsale Vocational School" with 500 students. The school motto, "Omnes Communiter Discendo" adopted by the first Board of Management, states that we are "All Together in Learning". The school has become known for the successes in the Young Scientist, the Google Science Fair and the European young scientist. However the school is also a strong centre for the students interested in other extra curricular activities.
The school is currently undergoing a large expansion and renovation programme to extend the capacity to an estimated 1,000 students. This is to cater for an expanding catchment area coupled with a higher profile for the school in the area. Currently being developed are a standalone three story classroom complex and an extensive one and two story extension to the existing buildings. An additional sports hall and canteen will also be included to allow the school to offer better facilities to their students and staff.