ALMOST 30% of Laois school leavers have not progressed to third level education, according to the 2012 school leagues tables, which were published last week which showed that Mountrath Community School had the must sucess in getting students into college.
These tables show figures from each of the nine secondary schools in the county, showing which universities and colleges are most popular among students.
But the figures also show that 28% or 207 Laois students did not go onto university or college after completing their secondary school education earlier this year.
However 30% or 223 students progressed onto university, with Maynooth and UCD proving popular among Laois students. Other popular colleges include Carlow IT and Waterford IT, with Institutes of Technology proving more popular with school leavers here.
Nearly 40% or 274 students from Laois attended ITs in 2012.
Approximatley 30 or 4% of the students from Laois attended other colleges. These figures also include Knockbeg College.
Mountrath Community School sent the most students onto higher level education, with large numbers of their 122 Leaving Cert students attending UCD, TCD, Maynooth, Carlow and Athlone, as well as a number of other colleges around the country.
Clonaslee College sent all of their 22 leaving Cert students to college, the only 100% rate in the county.
Mountmellick Community School sent 67% of their 113 students to college, while Colaiste Iosagain sent 73% of their 79 pupils to college.
Of 110 students who completed their Leaving Cert in Heywood, 74% of them attended college, while 81% of the 53 pupils from St Mary’s CBS in Portlaoise went on to higher education.
Scoil Chriost Ri sent 52% of their 69 Leaving Cert pupils to higher education, while Portlaoise College sent 36% of their 53 pupils to third level. In Rathdowney, 62% of the 61 students in St Fergal’s College progressed to higher education.