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Sunday Times School league tables - who comes out top this year?

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 02/09/2015. Sunday Times School league tables - who comes out top this year?Tags: Parenting Education And Politics Teachers

The Sunday Times published it’s annual ‘Schools Guide’ last weekend. The guide lists the top 400 secondary schools in Ireland ranked by the average proportion of pupils gaining places in autumn 2012, 2013 and 2014 at the main universities, teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons and NCAD.

According to Kate Butler who compiled the data, “”when it comes to progression to university, Munster schools are punching well above their weight: the southern province has 39 schools in the top 100, compared with Leinster’s 43.” Butler also notes that “Laurel Hill’s two-year lead of the table is remarkable in that it is the first girls school to take the lead since 2008” its neighbour, boys’ boarding school Glenstal Abbey in Limerick and Gonzaga College in Dublin 6 have shared the honours over the past years years”

Ghaelcholaisti also continue to perform well. There are just 42 gaelcholaisti in the republic with 29 of them in the top 400 list. Butler points out that this means that “while they represent just 5% of the 722 second-level schools in the country, they take up 7% of the top 400, 18% of the top 50 and 30% of the top ten”

Details of the Top 20 schoools regionally as set out in the Sunday Times report can be viewed here. Progression data to third level colleges for every secondary school over the last five years can be viewed on by visiting individual school pages on – 2015 data will be available later in the autumn.


Sharone Casey

(10-09-2015 10:37)

Laurel Hill Colaiste is no 1 and
Laurel Hill Secondary is no 52.
They are separate schools

Mary lynch

(30-08-2016 21:45)

I would love to know how accurate this is !!! How many of these pupils get grinds in most subjects also how many stay in college ! How many of these schools are interviewing parents before they accept their children also how much are the parents asked if they are willing to pay their over the top voluntary schools contributions !!! How many are taking children with disabilities ??


(08-09-2016 13:13)


How do I find league table information for Louth or Drogheda specifically please?



(08-09-2016 09:28)

Are these league tables largely based on Leaving Cert results?
Will this table be adjusted after re-checks of results are complete?
Are there any stats in relation to grade changes after rechecks?
A students exam number is coded to indicate what school they attend, are there any checks in the system to ensure this dosnt have an influence on the marking?

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