Mountmellick Community School has a 100% record for students going on to third level education, figures released today show.
The school finished top of the nine secondary schools in Laois, according to the Irish Independent’s 2017 school league table.
All of the 31 students who sat the Leaving Certificate exam at the Mountmellick school went on to third level education.
Carlow IT was the preferred choice for the majority of them, with 11 students going there, with a further 6 going to Athlone It.
A number of students went to university at NUI Galway and UL (3 each), and two each to Maynooth University and DIT.
Heywood Community School in Ballinakill had an almost as high third level attainment, arguably more impressive, as 115 students sat the Leaving Cert there.
The choice of third level was quite evenly spread with 17 going to Waterford IT, followed closely by Carlow IT and NUI Galway (15 each).
Vocational School, Clonaslee also had a high third level attainment, with 91% of the 43 students who sat the Leaving Cert in 2017 continuing in higher education.
The largest amount – 8 students 0 went on to the University of Limerick while 5 went to Carlow IT.
Scoil Criost Ri in Portlaoise also had a high number going on to third level, with 85% of its students, with 44 of those spread across 9 universities. A further 23 went to Carlow IT, with 8 going to Mary Immaculate College and the rest spread across a range of IT colleges.
Coláiste Iosagain in Portarlington had the highest number of students sitting the Leaving Certificate – 143 – and 73% of those went on to third level. 59 of these went to university with a further 23 opting for Carlow IT.
Of the 125 students who graduated from Mountrath Community School, 71% went on to third level, 51 went on to university, while 15 went to Carlow IT.
CBS Portlaoise had 118 Leaving Cert students in 2017, 68% of whom went on to third level. 45 of these went to university with Carlow IT being the option for 13 students.
A total of 51 students sat the Leaving Cert at St Fergal’s Rathdowney. 67% of these went on to third level, 16 of whom went to university.
Portlaoise Vocational School saw 40% of students go on to third level, with the largest amount, 6 – going to Carlow IT.
Nearby, Cistercian College Roscrea saw 100% of its students go on to third level, 25 of whom went to university.
Finbarr Crowley from Emo, who also got the highest Junior Cert results in the school three years ago, was the highest achiever in the Offaly boarding school.
Finbarr, who is the eldest son of Martin and Louise, received 567 points.
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