The 2007 figures on Irish leaving cert pupils and entry figures for Irish third level institutions show that the average percentage of students going into 3rd level education in Ireland is 75%. (This does not include those going to UK or abroad)

There are some schoools where less than 60% of pupils went into Irish 3rd level education.
These schools are:

St Joseph’s Secondary, An Uaimh, Co Meath
Gormanston College, Co Meath
St Caimin’s Community School, Shannon, Co. Clare
Community College, Esker, Co Dublin
Castleblayney College, Co. Monaghan
Our Lady’s Secondary, Templemore, Co Tipperary
Brigidine Convent, Mountrath, Co Laoise
CBS, Colaiste Eamonn Ris, Wexford
Grennan College, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny
St Mary’s College, Dundalk, Co Louth
Mount Temple Comprehensive, Dublin 3
Killina Secondary School, Rahan, Co Offaly
St Brendan’s College, Belmullet, Co Mayo
Deutsche Schule, St. Kilian’s, Dublin 14
St. Fintan’s High School, Sutton, Dublin 13
Gairm Scoil, Athenry, Co Galway
Castleknock Community College, Dublin 15
Vocational School, Borris, Carlow
Eureka Secondary, Kells, Co Meath
Colaiste Bride, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway


Each year the Irish Times puts together some figures of each secondary school’s Leaving Cert students and combines them with figures from Third Level institutions in Ireland . . The Universities and Colleges record which school the first year students were enrolled at in the previous year. The two sets of figures combined give us some idea of the percentages of Leaving Cert students from each school that are entering Third Level education in Ireland. A league table is produced of all the secondary schools in Ireland . Of course – these figures are not a full indication of a schools’ performance – but it is all we have. The figures don’t include students who go on to Universities outside the Republic of Ireland. But in the absence of any Irish Government school performance figures – it is all we have to help pick out schools that might be better or worse than others at preparing students for qualifying for entry to University or other 3rd level education.

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2 thoughts on “Bottom of the School League Tables

  1. I was wondering where your information is from? I find it hard to understand that Eureka school is in this league. Seeing that three of their students scored 700 points in 2008 and the results in general were excellent?????? Also the standard and reputation of the school has always been in the top 100 schools. From a concerned parent

  2. As it says in the article – the figures are from the Irish Times 2007 and only include pupils who wen to third level in Ireland. The figures are not really a guide to the best schools – but it is all that is available until the Irish government publish leaving cert results for all schools.

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