Results less than flattering for some Arklow schools
AN ARKLOW-BASED secondary school has emerged as having the lowest percentage of students who continue to third level education in the county.
In a recent survey designed to gauge the level of feeder schools to third level institutions nationwide Arklow Community College showed a level of 19 per cent.
The total number of students registered for Leaving Certificate last year at Arklow C.C. was 42 according to the Irish Times Feeder School List.
According to the Principal at Arklow Community College, Andrew Bolger surveys such as this do not necessarily take account of meaningful progression in other areas.
‘I don’t agree with these league tables due to the fact that they do not take account of progression in other meaningful areas such as post leaving cert courses and apprenticeships.
‘Seven of our students from last year are studying at our own Senior College and all of last year’s graduates are either working in their chosen industry or are now in third level education.
‘Students are gaining the points needed but often their chosen career path is not in the third level system, and there are also students who take a year out and defer their college place,’ said Mr. Bolger.
Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the scale St. Mary’s College, where 82 students sat the Leaving Certificate, saw a total of 75 per cent of last year’s sixth year pupils take up college places at various institutions across the country.
St. Mary’s College came in as the top school in the Arklow area but Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew was not far behind with a total of 68 per cent of pupils taking the third level route.
Also included in the Arklow area results was the Community Education Centre, Wexford Road which saw a total of 21 per cent of its 19 students continue within the education system after the Leaving Certificate exams.
Arklow CBS came in at an average 39 per cent with 16 pupils out of 41 who sat the exam continuing their studies at third level.