Sunday 17 December 2017

Loreto Wexford is top of the class in latest school table

By Amy Lewis

Loreto Convent Wexford came out top of the Wexford table in the Sunday Independent's School League, with 94 per cent of students continuing on to third level education over the past seven years.

The school was followed by St Peter's College, which came in at 91 per cent and Good Counsel College New Ross with 89 per cent. Loreto and St Peter's also made the list of the top performing schools in Leinster excluding Dublin.

Since 2009, Meanscoil Garman in Brownswood saw the highest percentage of students being placed in a university (80 per cent), followed by Loreto Convent (54 per cent) and St Peter's College (49 per cent).

On the other end of the scale, Enniscorthy Vocational College had the lowest figure, with 37 per cent of students between 2009 and 2015 continuing on to third level. They were followed by Bunclody Vocational College and Coláiste Abbain, who both scored 38 per cent respectively.

Based on data from 2015 only, Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School in New Ross saw 100 per cent of their students continuing on to third level. This was a significant jump from last year, when 86 per cent of the school's students went on to third level.

The data in the report must be approached with caution as it does not record information on those who go into further education or apprentices. It also does not record all of the students who enrol in universities overseas, nor do all universities record when students have sat the Leaving Certificate twice.

Dr Mick Kerrigan, Principal Data Scientist for the report also pointed out that school performance is subjective, adding that the report could benefit from more information.

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