Wednesday 21 November 2018

Revealed: The new No 1 secondary school in the country

Leaving Cert students (stock image)
Leaving Cert students (stock image)

Wayne O’Connor

FEE-paying schools continue to dominate when it comes to sending students to third level colleges, the Sunday Independent school league tables reveal.

Out of more than 700 schools analysed nationwide, just six have maintained a 100pc record in sending students on to higher education over an eight year period, the new figures reveal.

Just one non-fee-paying school has maintained that perfect record since 2009.

By comparing the percentage of students who were admitted to a university after studying in a school with a perfect record, it is possible to distinguish which is the best performer overall.

The figures compiled by the Sunday Independent in the most comprehensive study of its kind to date show that Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick, has emerged as the county’s best-performing school, up two places from third on last year’s tables.

It just pipped Presentation Brothers College in the Mardyke, Cork to the top spot.

An analysis of the data shows Glenstal has had the greatest percentage of students going to university since 2009.

Digging deeper it is possible to see that the school, which charges a €18,950 seven-day boarding fee, sends a majority of its students on to universities based in Dublin.

A special supplement with the full details of this year’s school league tables is published tomorrow only in the Sunday Independent.

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