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Top 400 secondary schools - Sunday Times

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/09/2014. Top 400 secondary schools - Sunday TimesTags: Education And Politics Parenting 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 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the main universities, teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons and NCAD.

According to Kate Butler who compiled the data, “the work ethic of Irish-language and fee-paying schools is helping them achieve top marks for students heading to university.” Butler reports that there are just 36 Gaelcholaisti in the republic but 28 of them are in the Sunday Times top 400. So while they represent just 5% of the 721 secondary-level schools in the country they take up 7% of the Sunday Times Report top 400, 18% of their top 50 and 30% of their top 10.

The same disproportionate success can be seen in the fee-paying schools section. There are 51 fee-paying schools in the country which take up the remaining 70% of the top 10.

The school topping the list nationally this year is Laurel Hill Colaiste Limerick with 88.7% of its students gaining university places over the last three years. The school is the first Irish-language school to head the annual Sunday Times parent Power survey since the paper published its first league table in 2003. It is also the first non-fee paying school at the top of the Sunday Times league table for 10 years.

Details of the Top 20 schoools regionally can be viewed here. Progression data to third level colleges for every secondary school over the last eight years can be viewed on



(04-09-2014 13:41)

It's a real shame that the rating only considers the big universities and doesn't take into account those well educated students choosing to do their degrees in Institutes of Technology all over the country!

Ildiko Nagy

(27-06-2016 20:21)

Could you send me a list of the top 400 secondary schools please?


(03-09-2014 09:06)

Hi there, when can I get a copy of the 400 listed schools? thanks.

Maria Griffin

(07-10-2015 07:45)

please send me an email of the list.


(02-09-2014 19:03)

Isn't this really the list of schools where the parents are best able to PAY for third level?


(02-10-2015 11:01)

Could you send me a list of the top 400 secondary schools please?


(07-10-2015 08:51)

Anyone seeking a copy of the list would need to contact the Sunday Times as it was their publication


(04-09-2014 21:14)

With regard to the Gaelcholaisti bear in mind that those who sit their Leaving Cert through Irish get 10% of their marks added on bumping up their CAO points and not only that those from the gaelteacht can take up courses with less points than someone who did it through english. ie: Mary Immaculate MI005 Education - Primary Teaching 465 points, MI006 Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicant 425


(05-10-2014 10:45)

Re bonus points for Irish. Just to clarify, they don't get 10% across the board. For Irish and English, no bonus. For the rest, some are 10% if you get less than 75%, others give 5%. Nor are most gaelscoileanna in the actual gaelteacht.

Christina ward

(07-11-2015 14:52)

My school is giarmscoil mhic diarmada and i live on the mainland, I travel 30 to go to school and thats with a car bus and boat,so i can go to the best school.


(15-08-2015 15:59)

Please can you email me the list.

Many thanks

Sinead Kelly

(10-06-2015 20:40)

Any secondry school's looking for a placement


(30-08-2015 22:50)

Just to clarify, anyone who sits their exams through Irish gets 10% of the marks they didn't get added. If you got 40% in a subject you would get 6% added on. Generally doesn't make much of a difference unless you're scoring lowly and as Brendan said it's not 10% across all subjects. Generally it's to compensate for the poor quality/non-existent educational materials available through Irish.


(05-09-2014 11:14)

carol - the new ratings do take into account the Institutes of Technology which is why a number of schools have moved up the tables. They changed it about two years ago
The data is collected from 30 third level institutions in the south and 2 from the north

Declan Kelly

(03-09-2016 09:06)

Education has much to commend. Education and living best. Get the letters...boost your personality too. Don't have regrets.


(17-09-2016 15:38)

Can I get list of top 400 secondary schools please


(28-09-2016 10:32)

Can I get list of top 400 secondary schools please


(10-11-2016 15:12)

The top 25, plus % of pupils going on to university.

1 Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd, Limerick 92.4%

2 Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork 87.8%

3 Scoil Mhuire, Sidney Place, Cork 85.3%

4 Colaiste Iosagain, Booterstown, Co Dublin 85.2%

5 Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 85.0%

6 Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6 84.3%

7 Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co Limerick (B only) 84.2%

8 Mount Anville Secondary School, Dublin 14 84.2%

9 Colaiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road, Galway 81.5%

10 Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway 81.5%

11 Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Rd, Cork 80.2%

12 The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 79.2%

13 Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork 79.1%

14 Colaiste An Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co Cork (B) 78.9%

15 *Colaiste Iognaid SJ, Sea Rd, Galway 78.0%

16 Colaiste Ide, Dingle, Co Kerry (B only) 7.77%

17 Loreto College, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 77.2%

18 Colaiste Eoin, Booterstown, Co Dublin 76.9%

19 Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 76.2%

20 Castleknock College, Castleknock, Dublin 15 76.0%

21 Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare (B only) 75.1%

22 Holy Child Secondary School, Killiney, Co Dublin 74.6%

23 Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co Dublin (B) 73.6%

24 Belvedere College, Great Denmark St, Dublin 1 73.3%

25 St Michael's College, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4 73.0%

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