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About School League Tables



The Sunday Times published (August 2016) it's annual School League Tables for 2016. 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 2015. 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
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co. Kildare
B
22
21
73.6
2
Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
M
37
50
69.0
3
Loreto Secondary School, Spawell Rd., Wexford
G
39
67
68.8
4
Our Lady's Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
G
47
45
67.7
5
Loreto Secondary School, Granges Rd., Kilkenny
G
69
78
63.4
6
St. Gerard's School, Bray, Co. Wicklow
M
70
59
62.9
7
Colaiste Pobail Osrai, Ormonde Road, Kilkenny
M
72
58
62.1
8
Gaelcholaiste na Mara, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
M
83
140
60.8
9
Maynooth Post Primary School, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
M
84
100
60.7
10
Kilkenny College, Castlecomer Rd, Kilkenny
M
92
106
59.9

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TOP 20 IN NORTH DUBLIN

B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Castleknock College, Castleknock, Dublin 15
B
10
20
81.4
2
Belvedere College, Great Denmark St., Dublin 1
B
23
24
73.5
3
Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan, Co. Dublin
M
25
40
72.8
4
Mount Sackville Secondary, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
G
31
31
71.8
5
Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf, Dublin 3
G
54
57
66.4
6
Dominican College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
G
64
71
64.2
7
St. Dominic's High School, Sutton, Dublin 13
G
100
88
59.2
8
Castleknock Community College, Castleknock, Dublin 15
M
109
151
57.5
9
Scoil Chaitriona, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
M
116
142
56.5
10
Ardscoil Ris, Griffith Ave, Dublin 9
B
138
143
54.2
11
Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Donaghmede, Dublin 13
M
146
119
53.1
12
Maryfield College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
G
151
113
52.7
13
St. Fintan's High School, Sutton, Dublin 13
B
168
187
51.2
14
Malahide Community School, Malahide, Co. Dublin
M
173
206
50.3
15
Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
G
174
160
50.3
16
Manor House, Raheny, Dublin 5
G
204
226
47.6
17
Skerries Community College, Skerries, Co. Dublin
M
206
259
47.5
18
Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Clontarf, Dublin 3
M
214
262
46.8
19
Sutton Park School, Sutton, Dublin 13
M
225
194
45.8
20
Colaiste Chilliain, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
M
254
322
43.2

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TOP 20 IN SOUTH DUBLIN

B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
B
2
5
86.7
2
Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 8
G
4
6
85.9
3
The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
G
6
12
83.0
4
Colaiste Iosagain, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
G
7
4
82.3
5
Mount Anville Secondary School, Goatstown, Dublin 14
G
9
8
81.7
6
Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
G
12
17
80.7
7
Colaiste Eoin, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
B
18
18
77.1
8
Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
G
19
19
76.8
9
Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
B
26
33
72.5
10
Loreto College, Foxrock, Dublin 18
G
27
37
72.5
11
St. Michael's College, Ailesbury Rd., Dublin 4
B
29
25
72.2
12
Catholic University School, Lwr Leeson St, Dublin 2
B
30
32
72.1
13
Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co Dublin
G
32
23
71.2
14
Muckross Park College, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
G
38
28
68.9
15
St. Andrew's College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
M
44
41
67.9
16
St Conleth's College, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
M
48
69
67.7
17
Holy Child Secondary School, Killiney, Co. Dublin
G
55
22
66.0
18
St Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin 6
B
57
46
65.9
19
The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6
M
58
62
65.5
20
Loreto Abbey Secondary School, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
G
59
51
65.5

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TOP 20 IN MUNSTER

(Excluding Cork)
B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd., Limerick
G
1
1
93.6
2
Colaiste Ide, Dingle, Co. Kerry
B
11
16
81.1
3
Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co. Limerick
B
13
7
77.8
4
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
B
16
29
77.8
5
Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle, Limerick
M
24
30
73.1
6
Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh, Limerick
M
28
56
72.4
7
Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
G
34
38
70.3
8
Ardscoil Ris, Nth Circular Rd., Limerick
B
36
64
69.9
9
Castletroy College, Newtown, Co. Limerick
M
42
27
68.3
10
Presentation Secondary School, Listowel, Co. Kerry
G
46
53
67.8
11
Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
G
52
49
66.7
12
Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ, Sth Circular Rd., Limerick
G
67
52
63.8
13
Rockwell College, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
M
71
65
62.6
14
Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis, Co. Clare
G
76
82
61.6
15
Gaelcholaiste Chiarrai, Tralee, Co. Kerry
M
80
80
60.9
16
St. Mary's Secondary School, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
G
86
79
60.6
17
Meanscoil na mBraithre, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
B
88
103
60.1
18
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Bothar an Spa, Dingle, Co. Kerry
M
90
101
60.0
19
Rice College, Ennis, Co. Clare
M
93
107
59.7
20
Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
G
95
126
59.5

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TOP 20 IN CORK

B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork
B
3
2
86.4
2
Scoil Mhuire, Sidney Place, Cork
G
5
3
85.7
3
Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork
B
14
13
78.2
4
Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co. Cork
M
17
14
77.2
5
Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Road, Cork
G
21
11
74.0
6
Regina Mundi College, Douglas Rd., Cork
G
41
42
68.5
7
St. Angela's College, St. Patrick's Hill, Cork
G
43
36
68.2
8
Colaiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork
B
53
48
66.4
9
Ardscoil Ui Urmoltaigh, Bandon, Co. Cork
B
56
43
66.0
10
St. Mary's Secondary School, Mallow, Co. Cork
G
63
90
64.4
11
St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, Co. Cork
G
65
99
64.2
12
Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co. Cork
G
73
77
62.0
13
Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
M
74
104
61.8
14
Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
G
75
61
61.7
15
St. Francis Capuchin College, Rochestown, Co. Cork
B
77
93
61.6
16
Colaiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, Co. Cork
G
79
68
61.0
17
St Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork
G
81
125
60.9
18
Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork
M
82
75
60.9
19
Colaiste Ghabnatan, Ballymakeera, Co. Cork
M
85
83
60.8
20
Ashton School, Blackrock Rd, Cork
M
98
124
59.3

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TOP 20 IN CONNAUGHT

B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway
G
8
10
81.9
2
Colaiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road, Galway
M
15
9
77.9
3
Colaiste Iognaid SJ, Sea Road, Galway
M
20
15
76.2
4
St. Joseph's College, Nun's Island, Galway
B
35
26
70.0
5
St. Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
G
40
39
68.5
6
Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway
M
49
60
67.4
7
Dominican College, Taylor's Hill, Galway
G
50
63
67.2
8
Colaiste Chroi Mhuire, Spiddal, Co. Galway
M
60
73
65.1
9
Seamount College, Kinvara, Co. Galway
M
89
47
60.1
10
St. Gerald's College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
B
91
98
59.9
11
Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara, Carna, Co. Galway
M
94
190
59.6
12
Ballinamore Community School, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim
M
102
34
59.0
13
Mount St Michael, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
G
107
146
57.7
14
Ursuline College, Sligo
G
112
85
56.8
15
Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain, Carraroe, Co. Galway
M
123
168
55.9
16
Calasanctius College, Oranmore, Co. Galway
M
125
95
55.8
17
Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Roscommon
G
130
135
55.1
18
Holy Rosary College, Mountbellow, Co. Galway
M
136
154
54.3
19
CBS Roscommon, Abbeytown, Co. Roscommon
B
141
221
53.6
20
Colaiste Einde, Threadneedle Rd, Galway
M
142
188
53.6

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TOP 10 IN ULSTER

(Excluding Northern Ireland)
B=Boys G=Girls M=Mixed ........ Fee-paying schools in bold.
Type
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
M
33
44
70.6
2
Colaiste Oiriall, Ard Fea, Co. Monaghan
M
45
35
67.9
3
Coláiste Chinéal Eoghain, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
M
51
-
66.7
4
St. Louis Secondary School, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
G
108
105
57.6
5
Loreto College, Cavan
G
111
139
57.1
6
Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
M
119
134
56.1
7
St. Louis Secondary School, Monaghan
G
121
112
56.0
8
Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arainn Mhor, Co. Donegal
M
139
55
54.2
9
St. Macartan's College, Monaghan
B
148
136
52.9
10
Loreto Convent, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
G
156
91
52.5
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TOP 20 BOYS' SCHOOLS

Fee-paying schools in bold.
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
2
5
86.7
2
Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork
3
2
86.4
3
Castleknock College, Castleknock, Dublin 15
10
20
81.4
4
Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co. Limerick
13
7
80.4
5
Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork
14
13
78.2
6
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
16
29
77.8
7
Colaiste Eoin, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
18
18
77.1
8
Clongowes Wood College, Naas, Co. Kildare
22
21
73.6
9
Belvedere College, Great Denmark St., Dublin 1
23
24
73.5
10
Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
26
33
72.5
11
St. Michael's College, Ailesbury Rd., Dublin 4
29
25
72.2
12
Catholic University School, Lwr. Leeson St., Dublin 2
30
32
72.1
13
St. Joseph's College, Nun's Island, Galway
35
26
70.0
14
Ardscoil Ris, Nth Circular Rd., Limerick
36
64
69.9
15
Colaiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork
53
48
66.4
16
Ardscoil Ui Urmoltaigh, Bandon, Co. Cork
56
43
66.0
17
St. Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin 6
57
46
65.9
18
CBC, Monkstown, Co. Dublin
66
92
63.9
19
St. Francis Capuchin College, Rochestown, Co. Cork
77
93
61.6
20
Meanscoil na mBraithre, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
88
103
60.1

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TOP 20 GIRLS' SCHOOLS

Fee-paying schools in bold.
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd., Limerick
1
1
93.6
2
Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6
4
6
85.9
3
Scoil Mhuire, Sydney Place, Cork
5
3
85.7
4
The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
6
12
83.0
5
Colaiste Iosagain, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
7
4
82.3
6
Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway
8
10
81.9
7
Mount Anville School, Goatstown, Dublin 14
9
8
81.7
8
Colaiste Ide, Dingle, Co. Kerry
11
16
81.1
9
Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
12
17
80.7
10
Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
19
19
76.8
11
Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Rd., Cork
21
11
74.0
12
Loreto College, Foxrock, Dublin 18
27
37
72.5
13
Mount Sackville Secondary, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
31
31
71.8
14
Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co. Dublin
32
23
71.2
15
Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
34
38
70.3
16
Muckross Park College, Donnybrook, Dublin 14
38
28
68.9
17
Loreto Secondary School, Spawell Rd, Co Wexford
39
67
68.8
18
St. Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
40
39
68.5
19
Regina Mundi College, Douglas Rd., Cork
41
42
68.5
20
St. Angela's College, St. Patrick's Hill, Cork
43
36
68.2

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TOP 20 MIXED SCHOOLS

Fee-paying schools in bold.
2016
National
Rank
2015
National
Rank
% at University
1
Colaiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road, Galway
15
9
77.9
2
Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co. Cork (B)
17
14
77.2
3
*Colaiste Iognaid SJ, Sea Road, Galway
20
15
76.2
4
Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle, Limerick
24
27
73.1
5
Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan, Co. Dublin
25
30
72.8
6
Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh, Limerick
28
35
72.4
7
Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
33
40
70.6
8
Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
37
41
69.0
9
Castletroy College, Newtown, Co. Limerick
42
44
68.3
10
St. Andrew's College, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
44
47
67.9
11
Colaiste Oiriall, Co. Monaghan
45
50
67.9
12
St Conleth's College, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
48
54
67.7
13
Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway
49
55
67.4
14
Colaiste Chineal Eoghain, Buncranna, Co. Donegal
51
56
66.7
15
The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6
58
58
65.5
16
Colaiste Chroi Mhuire, Spiddal, Co. Galway (G)
60
59
65.1
17
Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
61
60
64.9
18
St Killian's Deutsche Schule, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14
62
62
64.6
19
Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin 16
68
65
63.5
20
St. Gerard's School, Bray, Co. Wicklow
70
66
62.9

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