Oct 23 2017

Third Level Student Progression 2017    


Congratulations to the class of 2017 on the huge contribution made to school life, activities, sport and in academic attainment.   They set a fine example for others to follow.  Students, teachers and parents were relieved that the new grading system worked quite well.   From a non-selective enrolment inclusive of all the abilities students managed to take 76.7% of all subjects at higher level and achieve the equivalent of ‘honours’ (now H5 or better) in 91.4% of cases.   Average points were up to 414 – over 60 above the national average and 25.5% of students achieved over 500 points – being 2½ times the national average.


Irish Universities – Level 8 Degrees                                                     49%

Overseas Universities – Level 7 & 8 Degrees                                    9.2%

Institutes of Technology – Level 7 & 8 Degree Courses                  20.4%

Deferred Entry – (Gap Year)                                                                   5.1%

Repeating Leaving Certificate                                                                1.0%

Level 5 & 6 Diploma & Certificate Courses                                      11.2%

Drama/Portfolio/Dance/Apprenticeships                                         4.1%


The students of 2017 have been highly successful in accessing top choice courses.   Their interests range from the performing arts to architecture, mathematics, nautical science, engineering, law, business, pharmacy, medicine and veterinary medicine.   There is a significant reduction of those opting for a gap year or to travel to the UK – perhaps due to Brexit.   Overall our broad curriculum and guidance programme has enabled students to follow their aptitude to a wonderful varied array of course.