Once more, Kildare’s only two fee paying schools have topped the school league tables in terms of sending the most pupils to college.
Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip (99%) came third followed by Confey Community College (99%) in fourth, Naas CBS (95%) in fifth, Salesian Secondary School, Celbridge (92%) in sixth, Maynooth Vocational School (85%) in seventh, St. Wolstan’s Community School (84%) in eighth, St. Mary’s College, Naas (84%) in ninth and the Cross and Passion, Kilcullen (83%) in tenth spot.
The league tables were published for the entire country in The Irish Times last Tuesday November 26.
The bottom of the table listed Athy Community College (41%), the Curragh Post Primary (29%)and St. Conleth’s Vocational School. (18%).
The data for each school not only includes the leaving cert class of 2013 but also students from previous years who sat the Leaving cert and went on to accept a college place in 2013. This is why the tables list some schools as having more than a 100% progression rate.
On the national list, Kildare’s top school - Newbridge College - was placed 19th.
The tables showed that more students from prosperous areas, fee paying private school and Gaelscoileanna go on to third level than those from schools in more disadvantaged areas.
Many teachers and education experts are critical of the school league tables as they feel they don’t give a true representation of school as a whole.
They point out that they don’t take into account people taking up apprenticeship, PLC courses or other training courses.
They also don’t account for students who go to university in England, Northern Ireland or abroad.