Newbridge College tops list of feeder schools

Newbridge College has topped the table of Kildare secondary schools when it comes to sending the most students to third level institutions.

Newbridge College has topped the table of Kildare secondary schools when it comes to sending the most students to third level institutions.

127 students sat the Leaving Cert at the fee paying school this year with all its pupils starting college this September. The largest number of students opted to attend UCD with 26 enrolments, while 23 chose to go to DIT.

Salesian Secondary School in Celbridge came second in the county according to the Irish Independent’s Feeder School supplement which was published last Wednesday November 21. 91% of their students went on to third level and Clongowes Wood College ranked third with 90%.

St. Conleth’s Vocational School, Newbridge came bottom of the table with 30% of its students going on to university while 38% of pupils at St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin enrolled in third level institutions this September.

However, it should be noted the figures do not include school leavers who went into further education, such as PLC courses and apprenticeship.

They don’t include figures for mature students or for those who accepted places on courses in the UK.

Not all third level institutions are included. The tables only record those in attendance at the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland as well as Queen’s University in Belfast and the University of Ulster. The table also includes those who sat their Leaving Cert in recent years but deferred their place until this year.

The data, supplied by the colleges to the Irish Independent is provided for administrative purposes only and the colleges say they cannot stand over the accuracy of the information, if used for any other purpose, such as a league table. St. Wolstan’s College, Celbridge and Naas CBS featured in the top half of the table with 88% of their students going on to university this September. The rest of the list reads as follows: Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge (84%); Cross and Passion, Kilcullen (82%); Scoil Mhuire, Clane (79%); St. Marys College, Naas (79%); Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge (76%); Colaiste Lorcain, Castledermot (75%); Maynooth Post Primary School (74%), Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy (74%); Gael Cholaiste Chill Dara (73%); Scoil Dara, Kilcock (70%); Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip (70%); Ardscoil Rath Iomghain, Rathangan (64%); Confey Community College, Leixlip (62%); Pipers Hill College, Naas (61%); St. Farnan’s Post Primary School, Prosperous (60%); Athy Community College (46%); Kildare Town Community College (39%); and the Curragh Post Primary School (38%).