Search below to find out where the students from each secondary school around the country ended up
Fee-paying schools continue to dominate entry to college, but the second Covid-era Leaving Cert gave disadvantaged pupils a further CAO lift.
Pupils in schools serving the most disadvantaged communities have benefited from the use of grades based on teachers’ estimated marks instead of, or alongside, exam results.
These pupils enjoyed a big bounce in college entry in 2020, when generous calculated grades replaced the Leaving Cert and a school’s academic track record was discounted from the calculations.
More progress is noted in the 2021 figures, published today, but not to the level seen in 2020, after a second year of grade inflation left many of even the highest-achieving students without their top college choice.
But the ongoing social divide around who goes to college is highlighted in higher education progression figures for 2021, based on information for about 700 schools.
Today’s feeder school tables are drawn from data supplied by almost 30 third-level colleges and from the State Examinations Commission(SEC).
Search for the name of a school below or simply browse by county using the arrows below right. Our table shows the number of students from each school (the "sits") that got Leaving Cert results or were awarded calculated grades (and the percentage of that number that went on to third level in September 2021). The corresponding percentage for 2020 is also shown.
Use the scrollbar at the bottom of the table to scroll through the columns on the right to show the breakdown by third-level institution of where students went from each school. The tables are best viewed on a desktop computer but if viewing on mobile, turn your phone to landscape mode for a better experience.
This table provides a breakdown of where pupils from the Leaving Certificate class of 2021 started in a higher education college in Ireland last autumn.
The figures do not include the many school-leavers who went into further education, such as post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses. Nor does it cover those who pursued an apprenticeship, an “earn-and-learn” approach that leads to a qualification at either further education or higher-education level.
The table is a snapshot of “who went where”, although it must be treated with certain caution because not all colleges provide the information in the same way.
It is based on data from colleges in the Republic of Ireland, as well as Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, in Northern Ireland.
The table does not record students from the Republic who have enrolled in British colleges, nor the growing number of school-leavers who have taken up a college place elsewhere in the EU. Some schools, such as St Columba’s, Rathfarnham, have a tradition of pupils progressing to Britain for third level.
The table incorporates universities, including Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Munster Technological University (MTU), Technological University Shannon (TUS), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), institutes of technology, teacher training colleges (the former St Patrick’s, Mater Dei and the Church of Ireland College of Education are included in DCU data), National College of Art and Design (NCAD), National College of Ireland (NCI) and St Angela’s College, Sligo. Shannon College of Hotel Management is included in NUI Galway data.
It also includes data from two private colleges, DBS and Griffith.
The Leaving Cert “sits" column is based on figures supplied by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). In 2021, Leaving Cert candidates had the option of receiving Accredited Grades, based on estimated marks provided by teachers, or sitting exams, or both. The SEC figures relate to the number of candidates in each school who received results, whether through exams or Accredited Grades. They exclude those classed as external candidates. Where a school had fewer than 10 candidates entered for the Leaving Cert, it is not listed.
The “sits” list does not include the so-called “grind schools”, such as the Institute of Education, Yeats College and the Dublin Academy of Education.
Primarily, the table captures first-time Leaving Cert students. It may also include students who sat the exam in previous years and used their results as a basis for college entry in 2021. Consequently, the number progressing to college credited to a particular school may not relate exclusively to 2021 “sits”. New schools will have no, or few, such past pupils to boost their numbers of college entrants.
In the case of students who sit the Leaving Cert more than once, some colleges, such as Trinity College Dublin (TCD), give only the last school attended. Others, such as University College Dublin (UCD), list every school at which the student sat the Leaving Cert, resulting in a repeat student being counted more than once. UCD, for instance, advises, that “in cases where, for example, a candidate sat the examination twice, the candidate will appear as a statistic under both institutions and be doubly entered in the data. The double-counting occurs even where the candidate repeated the examination in the institution where he or she first sat the examination.”
Such double-counting contributes to some schools showing a higher proportion of pupils entering college than is the case when compared with the number of “sits” in June. Where this happens, the percentage has been capped at 100pc. Schools with a relatively low number of Leaving Cert students can have a higher percentage of pupils attending third level.
Colleges advise that the schools’ data are provided to them for administrative purposes and that they cannot stand over the accuracy of the information if used for any other purpose, including tables such as are published here. There can be many reasons that corrections will be made to the data as it is updated.
The data was compiled by Ronan Price