Re­sults less than flat­ter­ing for some Ark­low schools

Bray People - - News Focus - Deborah COLE­MAN

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.

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