Ta­ble ‘not ac­cu­rate’ says prin­ci­pal of top school

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EAST Glendalough Prin­ci­pal Alan Cox ac­knowl­edges it’s flat­ter­ing to see the school in the top 25 feeder schools in the coun­try but still in­sists that such ta­bles aren’t ac­cu­rate and place un­due pres­sure on stu­dents.

‘It’s lovely we did well but I have to say that ev­ery school in town is do­ing a valiant ef­fort to do the best for their stu­dents.’

Mr. Cox’s dis­trust of such lists seems to have some solid foun­da­tions, given that 53 pupils who suc­cess­fully moved on to third level ed­u­ca­tion from East Glendalough ac­tu­ally turns into 54 when the break­down of the var­i­ous colleges and uni­ver­si­ties they­moved on to is ex­am­ined.

‘That ac­tu­ally gives us a rate of 102 per cent which throws the va­lid­ity of the whole statis­tics into doubt. I don’t think th­ese lists are ac­cu­rate. We are flat­tered to have sone so well and our leav­ing cer­tifi­cate classes for the past two years have been very suc­cess­ful. I would have sym­pa­thy with the other schools be­cause th­ese lists are of­ten un­fair.’

He doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily feel the feeder list puts un­war­ranted pres­sure on schools, he cer­tainly feels stu­dents can find them­selves hav­ing to cope with un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions and pres­sures.

‘The list only talks about colleges and uni­ver­si­ties and that’s un­fair,’ stresses Prin­ci­pal Cox.

‘For in­stance for a learn­ing sup­port stu­dent it might make far more sense to go and do some­thing prac­ti­cal like an ap­pren­tice­ship. I think some stu­dents are made to feel like sec­ond hand cit­i­zens by ta­bles like th­ese.’

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