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St Mary's tops North Cork rankings in Sunday Times

Many local schools feature in Ireland's top 400


A number of schools from across the north and mid-Cork regions have been included in the annual Sunday Times latest guide to the top 400 Irish secondary schools.

Produced annually, the survey charts the progression of students from all of the 714 state funded schools in the country through to third-level institutions over the past three academic years. 

In compiling the list, researchers collated data on 27 third-level institutions in the Republic and two from Northern Ireland, with the data originating mainly from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and in part under Freedom of Information legislation. Widely regarded as the definitive guide to Ireland's leading third -level 'feeder' schools, the list offers a comprehensive overview of the percentage of students progressing onto higher education, determining their ranking on the Parents Power league table.

 It also gives the position of respective schools, where applicable, on the previous Parent Power league table published in the Sunday Times 12-months ago. 

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The list records the percentage number of students from each of the included schools, divided by three, who registered in the academic years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 with one of the seven Irish universities, state-run teacher training colleges, the Royal College of Surgeons, the National College of Art & Design or a Northern Ireland university for an undergraduate, degree-level, full-time course.

In addition, it gives the percentage of students who registered at third level in the above categories or any other state-funded, third-level college such as an Institute of Technology or National College of Ireland for a degree or sub-degree course. Private third-level courses are not included. 

Finally, the list records the number of students registered at each school for the 201718 academic year and the student/staff ratio. 

As with last year, the highest ranking school on the top 400 list in north and mid-Cork was St Mary's Secondary School in Mallow, which increased its standing by three places to 38th position. The all-girls school recorded a 71.3% university take-up (up from 68.8% in 2017), with 95.4% of students going onto third-level education (up by 5% on the 2017 figure). 

St Mary's also finished in 19th position on the national list of top girls' schools and in fifth spot on the list of Cork schools. 

Having jumped an impressive 110 places on last years survey to 79th spot, the Presentation Secondary School in Mitchelstown continued its march up the table to 72nd place, with figures showing that 95.6% of leaving students went onto third-level (up from 91.6%), 63% of whom went to university (up from 62.1%). 

A trio of other schools from north and mid-Cork made it into the top 100 on the 2018 list. They were St Mary's Secondary School in Macroom in 74th spot, the Loreto Secondary School in Fermoy (83rd spot) and Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig (92nd spot). 

Three other local schools that did not feature in last years top 400 - Colaiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy; Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney and Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carrignavar made it onto this years survey.


Rank   School

38       St Mary's Secondary School, Mallow.

72       Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown.

74       St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom.

83       Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy.

92       Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig.

121     Scoil Mhuire, Ballingeary.

124     Colaiste Ghobnatain, Ballymakeera.

135     CBS, Mitchelstown.

159     St Mary's Secondary School, Charleville.

170     De La Salle College, Macroom.

177     Ballincollig Community School.

184     Boherbue Comprehensive School.

199     Patrician Academy, Mallow.

246     Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk.

281     Colaiste Cholmain, Fermoy.

306     Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk.

330     Colaiste Mhuire, Buttevant.

343     Millstreet Community School.

346     Scoil na mBraithre Criostai, Charleville.

370     Colaiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy.

377     Coachford College.

393     Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney.

399     Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carrignavar.