Ten Wex­ford schools in list of top 400

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

TEN Co Wex­ford sec­ondary schools are in­cluded in a league ta­ble of 400 ‘ top schools’ in Ire­land, ranked by the num­ber of pupils go­ing on to univer­sity af­ter their Leav­ing Cert.

Loreto Wex­ford has dropped 18 places on the list, pub­lished an­nu­ally by the Sun­day Times, but still ranks high­est in Wex­ford, and 57th over­all in the coun­try. With 65.5 per cent of Loreto girls at­tend­ing a univer­sity, and just over 90 per cent at third level, the school is fifth over­all in Le­in­ster (ex­clud­ing Dublin).

St. Peter’s Col­lege has jumped 13 places on the list, to 142nd place, with 53.6 per cent at univer­sity and 90.4 per cent go­ing on to third level.

Meanscoil Ghar­man, the al­lIr­ish sec­ondary school lo­cated at Brownswood House, south of Enniscorthy, is just six places be­hind St. Peter’s but down 31 places on the pre­vi­ous year.

FCJ Bun­clody is 168th, up 15 places, while St. Mary’s New Ross is up 101 places to 180th, the big­gest Wex­ford gain.

Coláiste Bríde in Enniscorthy is an­other ma­jor mover, up 69 places on the pre­vi­ous year.

Schools are ranked by num­bers go­ing on to an Ir­ish univer­sity, such as Trin­ity Col­lege (above).

Some prin­ci­pals criticise the pub­li­ca­tion of the list as schools are mea­sured not by the num­bers pur­su­ing a third level ed­u­ca­tion, but the num­ber of pupils at­tend­ing one of the nine univer­si­ties on the is­land of Ire­land, the main teacher train­ing col­leges, the Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons, or the Na­tional Col­lege of Art and De­sign.

No ac­count is taken of stu­dents at­tend­ing col­lege in the UK or fur­ther afield, or those at col­leges spe­cial­is­ing in re­peat ex­ams or plc cour­ses. (ranked 57) 65.5% (ranked 142) 53.6% (ranked 148) 53.3% (ranked 168) 51.4% (ranked 180) 50.1% (ranked 207) 47.5% (ranked 286) 41.2% (ranked 288) 41% (ranked 339) 38.3% (ranked 361) 36.2%

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