Mixed results for students seeking third level education
TWO COUNTY WICKLOW schools had 100 per cent of their students progress from Leaving Cert to third level education according to 2008 Feeder School List.
Only 50 of the 700 plus schools in the whole country managed similar achievements.
Two Arklow schools, the Community Educational College and Arklow Community College, were rooted to the bottom of the list with only 19 per cent and 21 per cent of students heading to third level education.
All 53 students who sat their leaving certificate at East Glendalough School at Station Road in Wicklow town progressed this year. 60 students from St. Gerards in Bray managed to same.
East Glendalough actually features in the top 25 feeder list for the first time, its highest ranking by some margin. St. Gerards is in the top 25 fee paying schools.
The list is compiled by the number of leaving certificate pupils registered with each school and follows students to universities, institutes of technology, several third-level colleges, UK colleges and Queens University in Belfast.
Thirty-three St. Gerard’s students went on to UCD and eight to Trinity, while 8 former East Glendalough students progressed to UCD and 12 to Trinity.
Ninety per cent of students attending St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School in Greystones got a college place, 85 per cent of Bray’s Colaiste Na Toirbhirte and 83 per cent of students sitting at Coláiste Raithín. Nine out of 12 students at the Bray Adult Education Centre went on to third level, a percentage of 75. St. Kevin’s Community College of Dunlavin had the same percentage rate but for 51 students. The rate at St. Mary’s College in Arklow was 72 per cent, a 71 per cent at Wicklow’s De La Salle and 70 per cent at Scoil Chonglais in Baltinglass.
Students heading on to third level education from Bray’s Loreto Secondary School was 68 per cent, while the figure stood at 66 per cent at Coláiste Bhride in Carnew.
Progression from the Dominican Convent in Wicklow town reached 58 per cent and 53 per cent at Blessington Community College. 50 per cent of the 76 students who sat exams at Avondale Community College went on to college, 46 per cent at St. Brendan’s College in Bray, 45 per cent at St. Thomas Community College and 44 per cent at St. Killian’s Community School and at Ard Scoil Chaoimhin.
Of those sitting the leaving certificate during the summer at the Abbey Community College in Wicklow town, 40 per cent progressed.
Nineteen students at Arklow’s Community Educational Centre sat the leaving and 4 continued their studies at third level, 21 per cent. 42 Arklow Community College students did the leaving cert, and eight took up third level places, 19 per cent.
St. Gerard’s school in Bray where all the sixth year students progressed to third level.