Which schools’ stu­dents — and how many of them — go to which col­leges

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - FEEDER SCHOOLS - Niall Mur­ray

The in­for­ma­tion pub­lished in to­day’s Ir­ish Ex­am­iner pro­vides par­ents with in­for­ma­tion about the school of ori­gin of stu­dents who be­gan un­der­grad­u­ate cour­ses in each of the pub­licly- funded third-level in­sti­tu­tions in Ire­land, in­clud­ing uni­ver­si­ties, in­sti­tutes of tech­nol­ogy, col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion.

For the first time, we also in­clude in­for­ma­tion on how many stu­dents from dif­fer­ent schools are new en­trants to two of the largest pri­vate feep­ay­ing col­leges in the State: Grif­fith Col­lege( which has cam­puses in Cork and Dublin) and Dublin Busi­ness School.

The in­for­ma­tion pub­lished to­day pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about pro­gres­sion to thirdlevel col­leges only.

Par­ents look­ing at sec­ondlevel schools for their chil­dren are also ad­vised to look at whole-school eval­u­a­tion and sub­ject in­spec­tion re­ports which can be found on the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion web- site.

It is also a good idea to at­tend a school open day and ask about sub­ject choices.

And bear in mind that a school send­ing all of its stu­dents to col­lege might not be as good a choice for your child as a school with a 50% pro­gres­sion rate if they can not ( or will not) meet your child’s need, or help them ful­fil their po­ten­tial to the best of their abil­ity.

This list in­cludes all schools in the coun­try where more than 10 pupils sat the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate in 2017.

We get this in­for­ma­tion from two sources:

The first of th­ese is a State Ex­am­i­na­tions Com­mis­sion sits list, which gives the num­ber of stu­dents in each school that had a Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate class this year. The sec­ond source of in­for­ma­tion is the list pro­vided by each of the col­leges show­ing the school of ori­gin of the full­time, first year un­der­grad­u­ate co­hort, with the num­bers from each of those schools.

The data in this sup­ple­ment should be read with a few caveats in mind.

Be­cause those col­leges record the in­for­ma­tion in slightly dif­fer­ent for­mats, there can be dis­crep­an­cies.

Many stu­dents move from one school to another dur­ing their time in sec­ond-level ed­u­ca­tion. Gen­er­ally, most — but not all — third- level in­sti­tu­tions will record ev­ery school that stu­dent has ever at­tended.

This usu­ally, but not al­ways, means that a school’ s third-level pro­gres­sion is more likely to be over-re­ported than un­der- re­ported.

It is for this rea­son that, in some cases, a school may have a fig­ure of ‘100+%’ un­der the head­ing that shows the per­cent­age of its Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate stu­dents who went on to third-level.

Ev­ery year, most third-level col­leges are un­able to iden­tify the school that ev­ery one of their first-year stu­dents went to.

If you are look­ing at this list and can not find the school you are look­ing for, it is likely to be for one of a num­ber of the fol­low­ing rea­sons:

It could be that it had less than 10 stu­dents sit­ting the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate, and we can not pub­lish de­tails be­cause of data pro­tec­tion

It might, al­ter­na­tively, be that the school has ei­ther closed, or that it has amal­ga­mated with another lo­cal school

Or it might have in­tro­duced a Tran­si­tion Year class in 2015, which means that it had no Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate class in 2017.

This list gives just a par­tial pic­ture. We do not know how many stu­dents went onto fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, such as post-Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate ( PLC) cour­ses, ap­pren­tice­ships or other train­ing pro­grammes.

We do not in­clude the “grind schools” which are en­tirely run with­out state sup­port — Ash­field Col­lege, Brook­field Col­lege, Bruce Col­lege, Deane Col­lege, He­witt Col­lege, the In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion, Le­in­ster Se­nior Col­lege, Lim­er­ick Tu­to­rial Col­lege and Yeats Col­lege.

And we do not know how many stu­dents went onto

study in the UK or over­seas. But we do know that many Protes­tant schools, in­clud­ing St An­drew’s and the Col­lege of St Columba in Dublin, as well as schools in bor­der coun­ties, have rel­a­tively high num­bers of stu­dents who go abroad for col­lege.

For one school, River­stown Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Dublin, we have ad­justed their sits fig­ure be­cause some of their Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate stu­dents were adult learn­ers who re­turned to ed­u­ca­tion but did not sit enough Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate sub­jects to qual­ify for a col­lege place.

** In the ta­bles through­out the sup­ple­ment, we have high­lighted the names of fee-pay­ing schools in black bold type.

Schools that get ex­tra sup­ports un­der the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s DEIS (De­liv­er­ing Equal­ity of Op­por­tu­nity in Schools) pro­gramme to tackle ed­u­ca­tional dis­ad­van­tage are high­lighted in red bold.

Pic­ture: Larry Cum­mins

Stu­dents col­lect­ing their re­sults at Christ King Girls’ Sec­ondary School in Au­gust: Ruth O’Hal­lo­ran, Ni­amh Lynch, Louise Cough­lan, Aoife Dun­lea, Stephanie O’Ma­hony and Ni­amh Hur­ley.

Pic­ture: Larry Cum­mins

Or­laith Cahill, Dou­glas; Tara MacCarthy, Rochestown; and Re­becca McCarthy, Frank­field, look over their re­sults at St An­gela’s Col­lege, Pa­trick’s Hill, Cork.

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