100% Of Students At Clare School Went Onto College

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100% of students at one Ennistymon school went on to University this year. 

The annual Feeder School tables, which have just been published, follow the transfer of pupils from around 700 schools across the country to more than 30 third level institutions.

Clare FM’s Fiona McGarry has more:


College entry rates are at an all time high, with state funded schools closing the gap on fee-paying schools.

Two thirds of state run secondary schools nationally are sending 70 percent of students to college, with 50 non fee-paying schools showing a 100 percent college transfer rate.

Out of 18 Clare schools listed in the annual feeder schools tables, only one – Ard Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Ennistymon – had a 100% record, when it comes to the number of students that went on to third level education.

In the case of three schools; Ennis Community College, Scariff Community College and Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna, between 96 and 98 percent began college courses.

Ennis Community College has been noted as one of the most improved schools in the country over the past six years, with a 29% increase in numbers between 2012 and 2018.

And in the case of the remaining fourteen schools, between 27 and 89 percent of students went onto third level education, with Ennistymon Vocational School at the bottom of the table.

But the tables don’t provide information about how many students progressed onto PLC courses or apprenticeships.