Tuesday 23 October 2018

The School League Tables

The definitive guide to the best and worst schools in the country - in this week's Sunday Independent

The definitive guide to the best and worst schools in the country - in this week's Sunday Independent

Choosing a secondary school is one of the most important decisions you can make for your child. But which schools are getting the most pupils into third level – and which are getting better at it?

This week’s Sunday Independent school league tables brings you the definitive guide to the best schools in the country – and there have been some major changes from last year.

Which is the new no 1 school in the country? Which four schools dropped out of the top 25 – and which moved up instead? Which are the most improved schools over the past eight years.

"We measure School performance as the percentage of students in a given year that go on to take a place in a 3rd level institution; however, looking at a single year only gives us a part of the overall picture," said Dr. Mick Kerrigan, principle data scientist at INM.

"In this weekend's Sunday Independent, we have a broader study of school performance over an 8 year period from 2009 to 2016 that can help students and parents to see the trends over a more representative time period."

John Walshe, former adviser to education minister Ruairi Quinn, was also instrumental in producing this year's supplement.

"You can discover how schools in the Free Education scheme are increasingly challenging the elite fee paying sector when it comes to college entry and find out what is the secret to success of the country’s top schools in preparing students for college,” he said.

“Going to college is an expensive business so the supplement also addresses the big questions – is it worth it all and is a degree still a passport to a job for life. The answers may surprise you.”

The School League Tables is published with this week's Sunday Independent.

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