A visit to Cork city's first comprehensive school.

Ashton School emerged from a merger of Rochelle School and Cork Grammar School. 

With 380 pupils there are plans to accept up to 500 pupils of which 400 will be from protestant homes.
The school is both co-educational and multi-denominational, which is a first for the city of Cork. The wide range of facilities at the school include a pottery kiln, and a language laboratory.

The School Principal Victor Bond speaks of the importance of moral education, which encourages students to think for themselves. He describes exercises in practical democracy at the school where the students create the rules. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 March 1975. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.