New Ross school tops third level 'feeder' list
Published 08/12/2015 | 00:00
OUR Lady of Lourdes girls' secondary school in New Ross is the top feeder school into third level education in the county, according to a report in a national newspaper.
In second place is St. Peter's College, with Presentation Secondary School in Wexford third.
Other Wexford town and district schools listed are the Loreto Convent (5th), Coláiste Eamonn Rís (13th), Vocational College Bridgetown (14th), and Wexford Vocational College (17th).
Our Lady of Lourdes in Rosbercon, New Ross, which had 56 students sit the Leaving Cert in 2015, has a very high success rate in students going on to third level education and a 113 per cent improvement rate on six years ago, ranking the school as among the best nationally.
The report found that most students from County Wexford go on to study in Waterford Institute of Technology, furthering the case for the development of the facility into a university to meet the needs of students in County Wexford. Research by the ESRI shows 80 per cent of students from middle-class homes graduate to higher education, and that such progression is taken for granted.
The proportion heading to higher education from working-class homes is just 28 per cent, and is reflected in lower progression rates in these areas.
Critics of the feeder school rankings say they can provide a misleading view of school performance, given that schools in privileged areas have access to a much greater range of advantages such as better resources, access to grinds and greater parental support. Grind schools are not included in these feeder tables.