Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 19/02/2015.
The college progression data published on Schooldays.ie and in many of the national newspapers in November 2014 provides information on how schools are performing with regard to the number of students who have graduated from secondary school and have been accepted at college and universities around Ireland. The information is based on data released by all the universities and third level colleges to Schooldays.ie.
College progression data doesn't tell the full story for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they don't reflect the extraordinary lengths that schools and individual teachers go to in order to get disadvantaged students passed the exam line.
However, they do form part of the information which parents may wish to consider when choosing a school to suit their child, and for that reason, it is useful to look at the information provided. Here is a list of the schools in Connacht sending the most students to third level:
The ten highest ranked schools for sending students to third level in Connacht are:Colaiste na Coirbe
, Tuam Road, Galway - This large mixed inter denominational school in Galway City had 56 students sit their Leaving Cert exams in 2014 with 81.8% now attending college. Ranking 8th overall in Ireland.Colaiste Iognaid SJ
, Sea Road, Galway - This large mixed catholic school saw 95 students sit their final exams this year with 75.6% progressing to third level college and universities in Ireland. Jesus & Mary Secondary School
, Salthill, Galway - This large Salthill girls’ school is ranked 22nd in 2014 in college progression tables. Of the 70 students who sat their exams, 75.6% went on to Irish colleges. St. Joseph's College
, Nun's Island, Galway - This large Galway City post-primary boys’ school is ranked 38th overall in Ireland in 2014. It saw 69.7% of students progress to college this year.Seamount College
, Kinvara, Co. Galway - The mixed gender Galway school had 37 students sit their exams this year, with 68.4% progressing to college in 2014.St. Joseph's Secondary School
, Castlebar, Co. Mayo - This large Castlebar girls’ school saw 85 students sit their exams this year with 66% progressing to third level.
Sligo Grammar School, The Mall, Sligo - This mixed Sligo school is ranked 71st overall in Ireland in college progression with 61.6% of students who sat exams in 2014 attending college.Dominican College
, Taylor's Hill, Galway - This Dominican post-primary school girls’ school in Galway City is ranked 77th overall in Ireland with a 60% progression rate in 2014. Presentation College
, Athenry, Co. Galway - This mixed Athenry Co. Galway school is ranked 90th in the college progression tables in 2014 with 58.5% attending college after final exams. Ursuline College
, Sligo - This large girls’ post-primary school in Sligo town had a 57.1% rate for college progression in 2014, up 16 places in ranking from 2013.
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