Galway’s Colaiste na Coiribe is the top school in Connaught for university progression, according to a survey to be published in The Sunday Times this weekend.
In the guide to the top 400 secondary schools in the country, Colaiste na Coiribe saw an average of 77.8 per cent of its graduates progress to university over the past three years. The mixed gaelcholaiste has 359 students and is ranked fifteenth overall in Ireland. It is also the top ranking mixed school in the country.
It is followed by the consistently top-scoring girls school, Jesus & Mary Secondary School in Salthill, which has sent an average of 77 per cent of its Leaving Certificate class to university since 2010.
Girls and Irish-speaking schools outside the Gaeltacht outperformed other types of schools. While fee-paying schools did well, the survey found that many free schools provided just as good an education.
Clusters of excellent schools were found in Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway and south Dublin. Other counties, such as Carlow, Meath and Offaly, had relatively poor progression to university.
The Sunday Times Parent Power schools’ survey ranked all 723 secondary schools in the Republic on progression to universities in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK, using an average of the past three Leaving Certificate classes – 2010, 2011 and 2012.