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About School League Tables

The Sunday Times published (August 2015) it's annual School League Tables for 2015. School league tables remain a sensitive issue for schools which understandably have reservations about having so much judged by a single criterion; one which can never fully reflect the extraordinary lengths that schools and individual teachers go to in order to get disadvantaged students past the exam line. We understand the concern felt by many that school league tables only paint part of the picture. However, we believe that if parents choose to be informed about progression rates to college from individual schools either as one of the criteria for selecting a school for their child or simply being interested in the information in respect of the school their child is attending, then the information should be available to them.

We currently opt not to provide on Schooldays.ie an overall list ranking schools throughout Ireland based on college progression levels (though we could). That said, we do provide progression information in respect of individual schools on each secondary school’s profile page on our site. Data is displayed for the last 5 years including the latest data for college admissions in Autumn 2014. To understand more about how to find this information on the schooldays.ie site, click here

While we do not reproduce the full Sunday Times Schools data on our site, we have provided below some extracts from their survey summarising schools within different regions/categories. You can also view notes on how they compiled the information. Note that a further set of 'League Tables' are published by the Irish Times & the Independent in late November each year based on the third level enrolments in autumn of the same year. Schooldays.ie also uploads this data to it's website.


See the breakdown of the top schools in the Sunday Times League Table by the following Sections:
'Top' 10 schools in Leinster
'Top' 20 schools in North Dublin
'Top' 20 schools in South Dublin
'Top' 20 schools in Munster
'Top' 20 schools in Cork
'Top' 20 schools in Connaught
'Top' 10 schools in Ulster
'Top' 20 boys schools / girls schools
'Top' 20 Mixed Schools

Recent Discussion threads


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TOP 10 IN LEINSTER

(Excluding Dublin)
B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Clongowes Wood College, Naas, Co. Kildare
B
21
36
75.1
2
Our Lady's Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
G
45
60
68.5
3
Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
M
50
56
67.1
4
Colaiste Pobail Osrai, Ormonde Road, Kilkenny
M
58
133
66.0
5
St. Gerard's School, Bray, Co. Wicklow
M
59
48
65.7
6
Loreto Secondary School, Spawell Rd., Wexford
G
67
70
64.3
7
Loreto Secondary School, Granges Rd., Kilkenny
G
78
85
62.1
8
Gaelcholaiste Cheatharlach, Askea, Co. Carlow
M
81
138
61.4
9
Dundalk Grammer School, Dundalk, Co. Louth
M
84
110
61.1
10
Maynooth Post Primary School, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
M
100
104
58.8

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TOP 20 IN NORTH DUBLIN

B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Castleknock College, Castleknock, Dublin 15
B
20
19
76.0
2
Belvedere College, Great Denmark St., Dublin 1
B
24
34
73.3
3
Mount Sackville Secondary, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
G
31
32
72.1
4
Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan, Co. Dublin
M
40
45
69.0
5
Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf, Dublin 3
G
57
54
66.0
6
Dominican College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
G
71
80
63.6
7
St. Dominic's High School, Sutton, Dublin 13
G
88
63
60.6
8
Maryfield College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
G
113
127
56.2
9
Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Donaghmede, Dublin 13
G
119
165
55.9
10
Scoil Chaitriona, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
M
142
130
54.1
11
Ardscoil Ris, Griffith Ave, Dublin 9
M
143
111
54.0
12
Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
B
160
147
52.2
13
Castleknock Community College, Castleknock, Dublin 15
G
151
158
52.1
14
St. Fintan's High School, Sutton, Dublin 13
B
187
207
49.3
15
Sutton Park School, Sutton, Dublin 13
M
194
143
48.5
16
Malahide Community School, Malahide, Co. Dublin
M
206
237
47.1
17
Manor House, Raheny, Dublin 5
G
226
203
45.7
18
Loreto College, Swords, Co. Dublin
G
228
243
45.7
19
Skerries Community College, Skerries, Co. Dublin
M
259
263
44.0
20
Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Clontarf, Dublin 3
M
262
214
43.8

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TOP 20 IN SOUTH DUBLIN

B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Colaiste Iosagain, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
G
4
3
85.2
2
Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
B
5
4
85.0
3
Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 8
G
6
6
84.3
4
Mount Anville Secondary School, Goatstown, Dublin 14
G
8
5
84.2
5
The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
G
12
17
79.2
6
Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
G
17
14
77.2
7
Colaiste Eoin, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
B
18
20
76.9
8
Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
G
19
25
76.2
9
Holy Child Secondary School, Killiney, Co. Dublin
G
22
10
74.6
10
Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co Dublin
G
23
16
73.6
11
St. Michael's College, Ailesbury Rd., Dublin 4
B
25
33
73.0
12
Muckross Park College, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
G
28
23
72.6
13
Catholic University School, Lwr Leeson St, Dublin 2
B
32
51
72.0
14
Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
B
33
40
71.5
15
Loreto College, Foxrock, Dublin 18
G
37
50
70.3
16
St. Andrew's College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
M
41
43
68.9
17
St Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin 6
B
46
72
68.0
18
Loreto Abbey Secondary School, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
G
51
42
67.1
19
Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin 16
M
54
31
66.6
20
The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6
M
62
67
65.3

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TOP 20 IN MUNSTER

(Excluding Cork)
B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd., Limerick
G
1
1
92.4
2
Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co. Limerick
B
7
2
84.2
3
Colaiste Ide, Dingle, Co. Kerry
G
16
12
77.7
4
Castletroy College, Newtown, Co. Limerick
M
27
27
72.9
5
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
B
29
30
72.2
6
Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle, Limerick
M
30
35
72.2
7
Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
G
38
46
70.0
8
Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
G
49
37
67.6
9
Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ, Sth Circular Rd., Limerick
G
52
61
66.9
10
Presentation Secondary School, Listowel, Co. Kerry
G
53
64
66.6
11
Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh, Limerick
M
56
53
66.3
12
Ardscoil Ris, Nth Circular Rd., Limerick
B
64
84
64.8
13
Rockwell College, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
M
65
69
64.4
14
Villiers Secondary School, Nth Circular Rd., Limerick
M
66
78
64.4
15
St. Mary's Secondary School, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
G
79
73
62.0
16
Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai, Tralee, Co. Kerry
M
80
91
61.5
17
Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis, Co. Clare
G
82
74
61.4
18
St Joseph's College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
M
87
171
60.7
19
Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
M
94
126
59.7
20
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Bothar an Spa, Dingle, Co. Kerry
M
101
65
58.6

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TOP 20 IN CORK

B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork
B
2
7
87.8
2
Scoil Mhuire, Sydney Place, Cork
G
3
9
85.3
3
Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Road, Cork
G
11
11
80.2
4
Christian Brothers College, Wellington Road, Cork
B
13
18
79.1
5
Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co. Cork
M
14
13
78.9
6
St. Angela's College, St. Patrick's Hill, Cork
G
36
26
71.0
7
Regina Mundi College, Douglas Rd., Cork
G
42
47
68.9
8
Ardscoil Ui Urmoltaigh, Bandon, Co. Cork
B
43
41
68.7
9
Colaiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork
B
48
39
67.9
10
Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
G
61
55
65.7
11
Colaiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, Co. Cork
G
68
82
63.9
12
Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary, Co. Cork
M
70
62
63.6
13
Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork
M
75
76
63.2
14
Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co. Cork
G
77
93
62.2
15
Colaiste Ghabnatan, Ballymakeera, Co. Cork
M
83
58
61.3
16
Christ King Girls' Secondary School, South Douglas Rd., Cork
G
89
83
60.4
17
St. Mary's Secondary School, Mallow, Co. Cork
G
90
89
60.3
18
St. Francis Capuchin College, Rochestown, Co. Cork
B
93
81
59.7
19
Mercy Heights Secondary School, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
G
97
98
59.2
20
St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, Co. Cork
G
99
125
59.0

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TOP 20 IN CONNAUGHT

B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Colaiste na Coirbe, Tuam Road, Galway
M
9
8
81.5
2
Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway
G
10
22
81.5
3
Colaiste Iognaid SJ, Sea Road, Galway
M
15
21
78.0
4
St. Joseph's College, Nun's Island, Galway
B
26
38
73.0
5
Ballinamore Community School, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim
M
34
-
71.2
6
St. Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
G
39
49
69.3
7
Seamount College, Kinvara, Co. Galway
M
47
44
68.0
8
Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway
M
60
90
65.7
9
Dominican College, Taylor's Hill, Galway
G
63
77
65.3
10
Colaiste Chroi Mhuire, Spiddal, Co. Galway
M
73
105
63.5
11
Ursuline College, Sligo
G
85
95
60.9
12
Calasanctius College, Oranmore, Co. Galway
M
95
96
59.5
13
St. Gerald's College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
B
98
123
59.0
14
Sligo Grammar School, The Mall, Sligo
M
102
71
58.2
15
Scoil Mhuire agus Padraig, Swinford, Co. Mayo
M
122
189
55.5
16
Colaiste Cholmcille, Inervin, Co. Galway
M
133
119
55.0
17
Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Roscommon
G
135
117
54.8
18
Sacred Heart School, Westport, Co. Mayo
G
138
101
54.5
19
Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Crosmolina, Co. Mayo
M
144
144
54.0
20
St. Louis Community School, Kilmitagh, Co. Mayo
M
145
100
54.0

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TOP 10 IN ULSTER

(Excluding Northern Ireland)
B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Colaiste Oiriall, Ard Fea, Co. Monaghan
M
35
24
71.1
2
Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
M
44
15
68.7
3
Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arainn Mhor, Co. Donegal
M
55
52
66.5
4
Loreto Convent, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
G
91
75
59.9
5
St. Louis Secondary School, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
G
105
102
57.7
6
St. Louis Secondary School, Monaghan
G
112
142
56.3
7
Royal School Cavan, Cavan
M
128
173
55.3
8
Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
M
134
247
54.8
9
St. Macartan's College, Monaghan
B
136
108
54.5
10
Loreto College, Cavan
G
139
87
54.3
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TOP 20 BOYS' SCHOOLS

Fee-paying schools in bold.
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork
2
7
87.8
2
Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
5
4
85.0
3
Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co. Limerick
7
2
84.2
4
Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork
13
18
79.1
5
Colaiste Eoin, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
18
20
76.9
6
Castleknock College, Castleknock, Dublin 15
20
19
76.0
7
Clongowes Wood College, Naas, Co. Kildare
21
36
75.1
8
Belvedere College, Great Denmark St., Dublin 1
24
34
73.3
9
St. Michael's College, Ailesbury Rd., Dublin 4
25
33
73.0
10
St. Joseph's College, Nun's Island, Galway
26
38
73.0
11
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
29
30
72.2
12
Catholic University School, Lwr. Leeson St., Dublin 2
32
51
72.0
13
Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
33
40
71.5
14
Ardscoil Ui Urmoltaigh, Bandon, Co. Cork
43
41
68.7
15
St. Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin 6
46
72
68.0
16
Colaiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork
48
39
67.9
17
Ardscoil Ris, Nth Circular Rd., Limerick
64
84
64.8
18
Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
86
118
60.8
19
CBC, Monkstown, Co. Dublin
92
120
59.7
20
St. Francis Capuchin College, Rochestown, Co. Cork
93
81
59.7

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TOP 20 GIRLS' SCHOOLS

Fee-paying schools in bold.
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd., Limerick
1
1
92.4
2
Scoil Mhuire, Sydney Place, Cork
3
9
85.3
3
Colaiste Iosagain, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
4
3
85.2
4
Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6
6
6
84.3
5
Mount Anville School, Goatstown, Dublin 14
8
5
84.2
6
Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway
10
22
81.5
7
Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Rd., Cork
11
11
80.2
8
The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
12
17
79.2
9
Colaiste Ide, Dingle, Co. Kerry
16
12
77.7
10
Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
17
14
77.2
11
Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
19
25
76.2
12
Holy Child Secondary School, Killiney, Co. Dublin
22
10
74.6
13
Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co. Dublin
23
16
73.6
14
Muckross Park College, Donnybrook, Dublin 14
28
23
72.6
15
Mount Sackvile Secondary, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
31
32
72.1
16
St. Angela's College, St. Patrick's Hill, Cork
36
26
71.0
17
Loreto College, Foxrock, Dublin 18
37
50
70.3
18
Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
38
46
70.0
19
St. Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
39
49
69.3
20
Regina Mundi College, Douglas Rd., Cork
42
47
68.9

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TOP 20 MIXED SCHOOLS

Fee-paying schools in bold.
2015
National
Rank
2014
National
Rank
% at University
1
Colaiste na Coirbe, Tuam Road, Galway
9
8
81.5
2
Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co. Cork
14
13
78.9
3
Colaiste Iognaid SJ, Sea Road, Galway
15
21
78.0
4
Castletroy College, Newtown, Co. Limerick
27
27
72.9
5
Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle, Limerick
30
35
72.2
6
Colaiste Oiriall, Ard Fea, Co. Monaghan
35
24
71.1
7
Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan, Co. Dublin
40
45
69.0
8
St. Andrew's College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
41
43
68.9
9
Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
44
15
68.7
10
Seamount College, Kinvara, Co. Galway
47
44
68.0
11
Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
50
56
67.1
12
Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin 16
54
31
66.6
13
Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arainn Mhor, Co. Donegal
55
52
66.5
14
Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh, Limerick
56
53
66.3
15
Colaiste Pobail Osrai, Ormonde Road, Kilkenny
58
133
66.0
16
St. Gerard's School, Bray, Co. Wicklow
59
48
65.7
17
Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway
60
90
65.7
18
The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6
62
67
65.3
19
Rockwell College, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
65
69
64.4
20
Villiers Secondary School, Nth Circular Rd, Limerick
66
78
64.4

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2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014