Monday 22 April 2019

Decade of data reveals Ireland's most-improved schools

The results are from a decade of data on school performance. Stock image
The results are from a decade of data on school performance. Stock image
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

A decade of data on school performance shows us which schools have most improved their record of sending students to college since 2009.

A Sunday Independent analysis of 10 years of school league tables shows Assumption Secondary School in Walkinstown, Dublin 12, is the country's most-improved school over that period. It has gone from placing 42pc of pupils in third level in 2009 to placing all of its students into third level last year. An analysis of its annual performance shows a big change in recent years.

Deerpark CBS in Cork is the second most-improved school in the county. Its performance in relation to third level progression has picked up by some 55 percentage points in the past 10 years.

Three out of four pupils in its Leaving Cert class last year (75pc) went on to secure a place at third level - up from 20pc in 2009.

Feeder Schools: Click here for the full breakdown of where Leaving Cert pupils have gone to college over the past 10 years

In Leinster, when Dublin is not included, Colaiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, is the province's most improved school. In 2009 it had 18pc of its students placed in third level but this number has increased steadily. Last year it placed 70pc of its students in a college or university and now regularly secures third level places for more than 60pc of its pupils.

In Connacht, Galway Community College (GCC) has seen the most dramatic improvement in students progressing to third level. Last year, 71pc of school leavers from GCC secured a place in third level. This is up from 21pc in 2009.

Crana College, Buncrana, Co Donegal, is the most-improved Ulster school. Since 2009, it has seen a 28pc increase in the number of students who progressed from the school to a college or university. Last year 76pc of students secured a place in third level, compared to 48pc 10 years ago.

Sunday Independent

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