Limerick’s Laurel Hill is Ireland’s top school

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Laurel Hill which has been named Ireland's top school in the annual Sunday Times report
Laurel Hill which has been named Ireland’s top school in the annual Sunday Times report

Limerick’s Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ is the first gaelcholaiste to be named the top secondary school in Ireland.

With an average of 88.7% of its pupils gaining university places over the last three years, the 400-pupil girls’ school on South Circular Road, Limerick, has overtaken boys’ boarding school Glenstal Abbey, in Murroe, Limerick, to gain the top place in the 2014 Sunday Times Guide to Ireland’s 400 best schools, published today (August 31).

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Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ is the first Irish-language school to head the annual Sunday Times Parent Power survey since the paper published its first league table in 2003. It is also the first non-fee-paying school at the top of the Sunday Times league table for 10 years, and is the first girls’ school to be named the best school in Ireland since 2009. Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ has been the top school in Munster (excluding Cork) for four out of the past 11 years.

The Sunday Times Parent Power survey ranks the top 400 secondary schools on the average number of pupils gaining university places over the three years between 2011 and 2013. The Guide also reveals the figures for the total number of pupils entering all public sector third-level education from each school.

Glenstal Abbey, Limerick, now second in The Sunday Times School Guide, was the top school in Ireland in 2012 and 2013. It sent an average of 88.3% of its students to university between 2011 and 2013. The 200-pupil boys’ boarding school, which opened its doors to day students in 2012, was the top school in Munster (excluding Cork) for five out of the past eleven years.

 

THE SUNDAY TIMES SCHOOLS GUIDE

IRELAND’S TOP 25 SCHOOLS

Fee-paying school in bold, gaelcholaisti in italics

 

2014   2013                                                                                                                          Type           % at                     % at

rank    rank     School                                                                                                                       university        third_level 

1           2          Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, South Circular Rd, Limerick                    Girls            88.7                    99.1

         1          Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick                                           Boys           88.3                  100

3           3          Colaiste Iosagain, Booterstown, Co Dublin                                   Girls            88.2                  100

4           4          Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6                                           Boys            87.4                  100

5           7          Mount Anville Secondary School, Goatstown, Dublin 14        Girls             84.7                  100

6          14         Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6                                        Girls             84.6                  100

         8          Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork                          Boys             84.6                   99.4

8          15         Colaiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road, Galway                                       Mixed          81.8                 100

9          12         Scoil Mhuire, Sydney Place, Cork                                                   Girls             81.6                   96.8

10         5          Holy Child Secondary School, Killiney, Co Dublin                       Girls             80.6                  100

11        13         Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Rd, Cork                                Girls            79.0                    93.4

12          6         Colaiste Ide, Dingle, Co Kerry                                                           Girls             78.9                   86.0

13        22         Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co Cork                                    Mixed          77.7                 100

14        11         Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2                             Girls             77.6                 100

15        43         Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co Donegal                                       Mixed          77.3                  90.3

16         9          Rathdown School, Glenageary, Co Dublin                                   Girls             76.7                 100

17        10         The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4                               Girls             76.5                 100

18        20         Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork                               Boys            76.4                   97.3

19        31         Castleknock College, Castleknock, Dublin 15                              Boys             76.1                100

20        17         Colaiste Eoin, Booterstown, Co Dublin                                           Boys             76.1                  99.1

21        24         Colaiste Iognaid SJ, Sea Rd, Galway                                                Mixed          75.6                  92.8

22        16         Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway                         Girls             75.6                  90.2

23        26         Muckross Park College, Donnybrook, Dublin 4                             Girls             74.7                  96.5

24        19         Colaiste Oiriall, Monaghan                                                               Mixed          73.4                  95.5

25        27         Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14                               Girls            73.2                  98.3