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
with 2017 Type of % at
in brackets school university
1 (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%
5 (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.