Mountmellick Community School is top of the class in Laois

Laois remains a feeder county for Carlow IT, while Scoil Chríost Rí sends most students to universities

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan


Mountmellick Community School sent the most Leaving Cert students to third level colleges this year in Laois, as listed in this year's Feeder School survey conducted by the Irish Independent.

Of the school's 78 Leaving Certs this year, 95 percent went to college. A third, 25 students, went to universities, 18 went to IT Carlow, 30 to other IT colleges and one to teacher training college.

Mountrath CS was second with 82 percent of its 114 Leaving Certs getting into college, but over half, 50 students, went to universities, while 15 went to Carlow IT, 28 to other IT colleges, and 5 to study teaching.

Coláiste Iosagáin, Portarlington had 129 Leaving Cert students, of which 81 percent went to third level, the favourite being Maynooth University at 19 students. 52 students went to universities, and 50 to ITs or others, with Carlow again the favourite IT at 16 students.

Clonaslee Vocation School had 45 students, of which 80 percent went to college, with 9 to university, 27 to IT colleges and four to teaching college.

Heywood CS in Ballinakill had 77 percent of their 118 Leaving Certs go to college, with 40 students heading to universities including 16 to UL, and 35 to Carlow or Waterford ITs.

St Fergal's College Rathdowney had 76 percent of their 45 Leaving Certs go to college, with 10 to universities, 24 to ITs, and three to teaching college.

Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise had 73 percent of their 99 Leaving Certs go to college, with over half, 42 girls, going to universities, 23 to IT colleges, and five to teaching college.

St Mary's CBS Portlaoise had 71 percent of their 102 Leaving Certs go to third level, with again over half, 46 boys, going to universities, 23 to IT colleges and three to teaching college.

Portlaoise College had the lowest percentage of the nine schools in Laois, with 46 percent of its 54 Leaving Certs going to third level college. Six went to universities, nine to Carlow IT, and 10 to other IT colleges.

Knockbeg College near the Carlow border which takes many Laois students, topped the list in Carlow, with 92 percent of its 64 Leaving Certs going to college. Two thirds of them, 39 students, went to university and 20 to IT colleges.

The survey does not include PLC courses, which many students now use as an alternative route into college. Non fee-paying schools are catching up on fee paying schools, with 58 reaching a 100 percent college entry success rate around Ireland.