Fee--paying schools continue to dominate when it comes to sending students to third level colleges, the Sunday Independent School League Tables have confirmed.
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. Just one non-fee-paying school has maintained that perfect record since 2009.
The figures, compiled by the Sunday Independent in the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, show that Glenstal Abbey in 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, Mardyke, Co Cork, to the top spot.
An analysis of the data showed that Glenstal has had the greatest percentage of students going to university since 2009.
A special supplement with the full details of this year's school league tables is published today in the Sunday Independent.