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Private schools still tops for college

THE MOST sought after courses at university are being filled mainly by students from private schools, new research has shown.

The latest School League Tables, published today, shows that fee-paying schools send the most students to high-point courses at university.

Overall, Gonzaga College in Ranelagh remains the top feeder school in Dublin, with Glenstal Abbey School in Murroe, Limerick, leading the pack nationally.


When it comes to high-point courses, Glenstal stays ahead of the rest with 100pc of students qualifying for these places.

Colaiste Iosagain in Blackrock comes next, followed by Gonzaga, Loreto College at St Stephen's Green, Yeats College in Galway and the Christian Brothers College at Sidney Hill in Cork City.

Only three, second-level institutions in the top 30 are not private colleges, the research has shown.

In contrast, schools in the more disadvantaged areas of Dublin continue to have extremely low rates of progression to third-level education.

Rates of 40pc and below were recorded across a range of schools, highlighting the disparity with fee-paying colleges.

Private schools for girls performed very strongly, taking 23 of the top 50 places in the league, while all boys schools filled 13 of the spots.

The list also shows which schools are most successful at securing places in the country's top two universities, Trinity College and UCD.

Gonzaga heads the table, while Glenstal comes second.

The Dublin schools of Mount Anville in Dublin 14, St Conleth's in Ballsbridge, Holy Child in Killiney and Alexandra College in Milltown also feature on this list.

While many State schools performed well within the overall list of university feeders, they were mainly squeezed out when it came to high-point courses.

The other schools which fill the top 10 list for the most sought-after courses are Colaiste Cois Life in Lucan; Convent of the Sacred Heart in Goatstown; Castleknock College and The Teresian School in Dublin 4.

However, teachers' representatives have regularly spoken out against the format.