Mixed re­sults for stu­dents seek­ing third level ed­u­ca­tion

Bray People - - News Focus - Myles BUCHANAN

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.

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