Friday 23 August 2019

Gaelcholaistí top feeder schools list

Two schools see 100 per cent of pupils attend third level

Deborah Coleman

Two secondary schools in County Wicklow came up tops on the recent list of feeder schools to Irish third level institutions with 100 per cent progression recorded.

Colaiste Raithín in Bray and Gaelcholaiste na Mara in Arklow, both Irish language schools, saw all of last year's Leaving Certificate students go on to attend third level colleges and universities, 13 from the Arklow school and 33 from the Bray college.

Gaelcholaiste na Mara Principal Maire Mhic Mhuiris said that in many instances gaelcholaistí are outperforming private schools.

'This success is attributed to a strong work ethic in gaelcholaistí and also to the sense of community in these schools. Students in gaelcholáistí tend to have a very positive attitude to learning and a great pride in their school. It is also a fact that bilingual conditions increase cognative ability among students. Research has proven that the challenge of learning subjects through a language other than your native language develops areas of the brain and thinking skills,' she said.

Domincan Convent, Wicklow was next on the list with 97 per cent progression or 65 students, followed by St Gerard's, Bray with 80 students (91 per cent) who proceeded to third level.

On the South Wicklow/North Wexford border, Colaiste Bhríde, Carnew saw the highest number of students progress to third level with 121 which represented 88 per cent of the Leaving Certificate class.

Principal Linda Dunne said that the school is delighted to be listed.

'Coláiste Bhríde was also listed as one of the most improved schools from 2009-2014 with a 31 per cent increase in a third level entry. The school has immersed itself in the digital age by introducing iPad and promoting virtual learning education (VLE). Considerable initiatives have been placed on the academic attainment of students through assessment of learning exams, study skills, evening study four evening a week and supportive mechanisms for students to reach full potential,' she said.

Presentation College, Bray followed with 82 per cent progression while St Mary's College, Arklow saw 80 per cent of their pupils continue to third level. In Wicklow, East Glendalough Comprehensive saw 79 per cent of students attend third level while Loreto, Bray had 77 per cent. Also in the seventies were St David's Holy Faith, Greystones (74 per cent), St Kevin's Community College, Dunlavin (72 per cent) and St Joseph's Abbey, Wicklow (71 per cent). Arklow CBS saw 69 per cent progression while Colaiste Chraobh Abhann, had 66 per cent and Blessington CC had 63 per cent. Scoil Chonglais had 58 per cent of students continue to third level followed by St Kilian's, Bray with 57 per cent, Avondale Community College with 54 per cent, St Brendan's, Bray with 51 per cent, St Thomas, Bray with 48 per cent and Arklow Community College with 43 per cent.

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