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Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 27/11/2014. College Progression Data published on Schooldays.ieTags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting

The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2014 is available today on providing school-by-school information on which students have progressed to which colleges this year. To view the information on your school for the last five years on, visit 'Find a secondary school' and when you locate your school click on 'College Progression Stats' on the left of the page. does not provide 'league table' ranking of schools. However a summary of the trends shown in the data is below

Diverse range of schools make improvements but still vast inequalities:

Familiar top Irish schools continue to have the highest rates in college progression, while secondary schools in a number of disadvantaged areas are seeing a rise in students graduating to higher education.

No big changes in the schools that top the list this year. The Irish Times identifies The Teresian School, Dublin 4; Sandford Park School, in Ranelagh, Dublin 6; and Glenstal Abbey, in Co Limerick, as the top three schools with the highest progression levels to High Point courses in 2014

The most improved schools this year compared to 2013 are identified as Greenhills College, Dublin 12 with 49% rise in college progression, along with St Aloysius School, in Cork City with 47% rise.

This year saw a diverse range of schools making the list for improvements with Mount Seskin Community College in Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin making a 47% rise in those graduating to college compared to figures in 2009.

Location Matters

This year's data also saw that Limerick, Roscommon and Galway have the highest progression rates at 85%, while secondary schools in Dublin and Longford were the least likely to progress to college with 66%.

However, a breakdown of each Dublin school show that students in more affluent parts of the capital, predominantly south Dublin, are progressing to college at more than double the rate than those from disadvantaged areas: with St Andrew’s College, Blackrock seeing 158 students progress to college. Sandford Park School Ranelagh, and Terenure College Dublin 6w saw nearly 90% progression rate compared to schools from Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 with 37% and Coolock, Dublin 17 with 17%.

Fee paying versus non fee paying

Fee-paying schools have dominated the top of the tables with students from these schools progressing into high-point courses and top Irish universities. Out of the top 30 schools on the Irish Times list only 5 are from non-fee paying schools with Irish school Colaiste Iosagain in south Dublin, the only school to make the top ten.

Interestingly two of the other non-fee paying schools are Gaelscoils who make the list with Colaiste Eoin in south Dublin, and Colaiste Chroi Mhuire Gan Smal, in Galway making the top 30.

Grind schools are excluded from feeder tables, as objective data is not available on them. Previous research has shown the progression rates from grind schools are broadly in line with average third-level progression rates.

To view the information on your school for the last five years on, visit 'Find a secondary school' and when you locate your school click on 'college progression stats' on the left of the page.


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