03 Dec 2021

Feeder school league tables show 70% of Laois school students made it to third level

School by school breakdown

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Mountrath Community School students celebrate after Leaving Cert 2018.

Just over 70% of pupils who attended Laois schools took up places in third level education in 2018, according to the feeder schools league tables.

Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise sent the highest number of pupils to universities, institutes or colleges while Clonaslee College had the highest progression rate.

At 113 pupils Scoil Chríost Rí girls school in Portlaoise sent most pupils to college. Its progression rate as a percentage of the 147 Leaving Cert sits was 77%.

Mountrath Community School had the next highest number of third level entries. A total of 130 pupils sat the Leaving Cert at the mixed school in 2018 with 108 making it to the next level. Its progress rate was 83 %.

St Mary's CBS in Portlaoise had the third highest number of students going to university or elsewhere. A total of 98 boys accepted places through the CAO with 135 sitting the Leaving Cert in June. Its progression rate was 73%.

The Laois Offaly border school - Coláiste Íosagáin in Portarlington had the highest number to sit the Leaving Cert at 150. A total of 90 pupils from the mixed school went to third level - a progression rate of 60%.

Heywood Community School in Ballinakill sent 75 students to universities, institutes or third level colleges this year. A total of 98 students sat the Leaving Cert give a progression rate of 77%.

A total of 35 students who attended Mountmellick Community School made it to third level. Its Leaving Cert class had 62 students giving a progression rate of 56%.

Clonaslee College and St Fergal's College Rathdowney sent the same amount of students  (31 each) to third level and were ranked first and second on the Laois school progression rate table.

Of the 34 students who attended Clonaslee, 91% went accepted CAO places. This compared with St Fergal's where 84% of the 37 pupils took up places.

Portlaoise College sent 23 of pupils to third level. Of the 51 students who took their final exam at the school, 45% achieved enough points to win a place through the CAO.

There are a number of other schools popular amongst Laois students.

St Mary's Knockbeg College is classed as a Carlow school. Of the 59 pupils who attended the former boarding school, 97% or 57 made it to third level. It had the highest progression rate of Carlow schools. It is also ranked 20th of 26 fee-paying boy schools.

Another fee-paying school popular among Laois boys is Cistercian College Roscrea in Co Tipperary. Of its 31 Leaving Certs all made it to third level. It ranks number two in Tipperary in terms of third level progression and 15th among fee-paying boy schools.

Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré is popular among students in south Laois. Of its 112 students, 69 made it to third level. This is a progress rate of 62%.


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