Which schools’ students — and how many of them — go to which colleges
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.
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.
Orlaith Cahill, Douglas; Tara MacCarthy, Rochestown; and Rebecca McCarthy, Frankfield, look over their results at St Angela’s College, Patrick’s Hill, Cork.