The Sunday Times Best Schools Guide

LAUREL HILL COLÁISTE FCJ, LIMERICK, IS IRELAND’S TOP SCHOOL FOR A RECORD FIFTH YEAR

GIRLS’ SCHOOLS OCCUPY SEVEN PLACES OUT OF THE TOP 10 IN THIS YEAR’S SCHOOLS GUIDE

GONZAGA COLLEGE, DUBLIN, IS THE BEST BOYS’ SCHOOL

GALWAY GAELCHOLÁISTE, COLÁISTE NA COIRIBE, IS IRELAND’S BEST MIXED SCHOOL

COLÁISTE ÍOSAGÁIN, BOOTERSTOWN, IS TOP IN SOUTH DUBLIN

CASTLEKNOCK COLLEGE LEADS THE WAY IN NORTH DUBLIN

 

Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick, where 96.4% of the girls progress to university, is the top secondary school in Ireland for a record fifth successive year in The Sunday Times Best Schools Guide published today, September 23. The annual Sunday Times survey is the definitive guide to the country’s top 400 secondary schools. It measures the progression of all second-level students over a three-year period – from 2015 to 2017 – to universities and institutes of technology.

In 2014, Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ was the first Gaelcholáiste (Irish-language school) to become top of The Sunday Times Best Schools Guide since the paper’s annual Parent Power survey began in 2003. Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ is also the only non-fee-paying school to top the Sunday Times league table over the past 13 years. The 409-pupil girls’ Gaelcholáiste has been the top school in Munster (excluding Cork) for eight out of the past 14 years.

With 391 girls, Scoil Mhuire, Sidney Place, Cork, Ireland’s top fee-paying school, retains its place at second overall in this year’s Sunday Times Irish Parent Power survey. Scoil Mhuire has sent an average of 87.1% of its students to university between 2015 and 2017.

Dublin’s fee-paying Gonzaga College is Ireland’s top boys’ school. An average of 85.9% of students progress to university at the 550-pupil school in Ranelagh, which now sits in fourth place, up from joint eighth last year, in the Sunday Times survey. However, the top school in South Dublin, ranked third overall, up two places on last year, is Coláiste Íosagáin, the 494-pupil girls’ Gaelcholáiste in Booterstown, where 87% of the students won university places. The top school in North Dublin is the fee-paying Castleknock College, ranked 11 with 81.6% of its students progressing to university.

With an 85% progression to university, and ranked seventh overall for a second year, the top boys’ school in Cork is the Presentation Brothers College. The Mardyke fee-paying school, where 100% of the boys go on to third-level education, has 718 pupils.

The top secondary school in Galway, Salerno Jesus and Mary, where 84.3% of the girls progressed to university between 2015 and 2017, has dropped from third place last year to eighth overall in the latest Sunday Times survey.

Ranked 10th  overall, Coláiste na Coiribe, Galway, is the top mixed school in today’s Sunday Times guide. With 570 students, the Galway Gaelcholáiste sent an average of 81.7% to university between 2015 and 2017.

With just 27 pupils, 15 boys and 12 girls, Coláiste Ghobnait, in Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, Co Galway, is the top small school in Ireland, ranked 15th overall in the latest Sunday Times Parent Power survey. The Gaeltacht school, with 77.8% of its students going to university, has risen from 53rd place last year.

THE SUNDAY TIMES SCHOOLS GUIDE 2018

TOP 25 SCHOOLS IN IRELAND

Fee-paying schools in bold; Gaelcholáistí in italics; *English-speaking school with Gaelcholáistí streams or units; (G) Irish-medium Gaeltacht school; (B) Boarding provided

2018

national rank,

with 2017                                                                                                  Type of             % at

in brackets                                                                                                 school                university

 

 (1)      Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd, Limerick                        Girls                 96.4%

2  (2)      Scoil Mhuire, Sidney Place, Cork                                              Girls                  87.1%

3  (5)      Coláiste Íosagáin, Booterstown, Co Dublin                                      Girls                  87.0% 

4 (8=)     Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6                                    Boys                  85.9% 

(10)    Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2                       Girls                  85.2% 

6  (4)      The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4                       Girls                  85.1% 

7  (7)      Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork                     Boys                 85.0% 

8  (3)      Salerno Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway          Girls                  84.3%

9 (13)      Mount Anville Secondary School, Goatstown, Dublin 14      Girls                  83.5% 

10 (14)    Coláiste na Coiribe, Knocknacarra, Galway                                     Mixed               81.7% 

11 (12)    Castleknock College, Castleknock, Dublin 15                         Boys                 81.6% 

12 (22)    *Coláiste Iognáid SJ, Sea Rd, Galway                                                 Mixed                81.3% 

13 (8=)   Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork                      Boys                 80.7% 

14 (19)    Mount Sackville Secondary School, Chapelizod, Dublin 20  Girls                 79.4% 

15 (53)    Coláiste Ghobnait, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, Co Galway (G)             Mixed               77.8% 

16 (16)    Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6 (B)                            Girls                  77.2% 

17 (23)    Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14                      Girls                  76.5% 

18 (32)   Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf, Dublin 3                                Girls                 76.5% 

19 (21)    Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co Dublin (B)                         Boys                76.4% 

20 (15)    Belvedere College, Great Denmark St, Dublin 1                  Boys                 75.6% 

21 (20)    Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Rd, Cork                                    Girls                  75.5%           

22  (6)    Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co Limerick (B)                Boys                 75.5%

23 (24)    Ardscoil Rís, Nth Circular Rd, Limerick                                              Boys                 75.4% 

24 (27)   Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Limerick                                                         Mixed               75.4% 

25 (47)   St Conleth’s College, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4                             Mixed               75.2%

 

The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018 ranks the top 400 secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland by the average proportion of pupils gaining places in autumn 2015, 2016 and 2017 at one of the nine universities on the island of Ireland, main teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons or National College of Art and Design. Where schools are tied, the proportion of students gaining places at all non-private, third-level colleges are taken into account. Schools offering only senior cycle are excluded. The guide is compiled by William Burton and Colm Murphy.

 

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