Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 21/01/2015.
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 Leinster sending the most students to third level and also a list of those most improved:Three highest ranked schools for sending students to third level in Leinster are (excluding Dublin):Clongowes Wood College
, Naas, County Kildare: - Ranked 43rd in all of Ireland in college progression tables this Kildare college has nearly 70% acceptance rate at college in 2014. St. Gerard’s School
, Bray, County Wicklow - This mixed school is ranked 48th overall in Irish ranking and has a 67% of students in university in 2014. Newbridge College
, Newbridge Co. Kildare - This mixed Kildare school is ranked 56th in Irish college progression tables and has a 65% college attendance. Top 3 progression schools in Dublin:Colaiste Iosagain
, Booterstown, Co. Dublin - This South County Dublin girls’ school is ranked 3rd in Ireland with an 88% rate of students to progress to college. Gonzaga College
, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. - The boys’ school on Sandford Road in Ranelagh in South Dublin is ranked 4th in Ireland in 2014 with a 84.5% college progression rate.Mount Anville Secondary School
, Goatstown, Dublin 14 - This Dublin girls’ school is ranked 5th in 2014 average ranking with an 84.% college progression rate.Schools in Leinster showing the greatest increase/improvement on numbers going to college compared to the previous year:Greenhills College
, Limekiln Ave, Dublin 12 - This Dublin school made a 49% jump and was No.1 most improved school in 2014 compared to previous year, with 28 students entering college this year. Balbriggan Community School
, Balbriggan Co. Dublin - The County Dublin secondary school moved up the rankings with an impressive 84 students progressing to college. Up 37% from 2013.Donahies Community School
, Streamville Road, Dublin 13 - The Kilbarrack community school had 46 students progress to Third level colleges. Up 36% up from last year.CBS Secondary School
, James St, Dublin 8 - This inner-city Dublin catholic boys’ school moved up 32% with a total of 30 students enrolling in colleges this year. Mount Carmel Secondary School
, Kings Inn, Dublin 1 - This Dublin girls’ school moved up the rankings with 43 students progressing to college, up 30% from the previous year. St Conleth’s Voc. School
, Droichead Nua, Kildare. - This mixed pupil Kildare community college had a 30% increase in students entering college compared with 2013.Arklow CBS
, Arklow, Co. Wicklow - The Co. Wicklow boys’ school had an increase of 28% in students progressing to college compared to 2013.
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