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Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ named top secondary school in Ireland

Students from Laurel Hill Colaiste pictured after being named top school in Ireland for the third year in a row.

Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ has been ranked the number one secondary school in Ireland for the third year in a row. The South Circular Road school topped the 2016 Sunday Times guide to Ireland’s 400 best schools this week, after becoming the first Irish-language school to gain the top spot two years ago. It was also the only non-fee-paying school to top the table in the last ten years and  the first all girls’ school to be named the best school in Ireland since 2009.

Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ principal Aedín Ní Bhriain said: “Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence and we look forward to continuing this tradition into the future. Equally important is our commitment to companionship and to the sense of community here in school.

Numerous schools have progression rates of over 100%, due to the number of people who take post-Leaving Cert courses  and those who take a year out before continuing their education.


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The top ten schools in the country, regardless of whether they’re fee-paying or not are: Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Glenstal Abbey in Murroe, Villiers school on the North Circular Road, Scoil Pol in Kilfinane, Laurel Hill secondary school on the South Circular Road, Ardscoil Ris on the North Circular Road, Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh at Sir Harry’s Mall, Crescent College Comprehensive in Dooradoyle, Scoil Mhuire agus ide in Newcastle West, and Castletroy Community College. 

The students of these top ten schools chose The University of Limerick and Limerick Insitute of Technology as their top choices at third level.

Other Limerick schools aside from the top-10 had varying progression rates, ranging from 44% to 82%.

Only four Limerick schools have progression rates lower than 50%. 

A number of people have complained that these facts are unfair and do not reflect a student’s education and career prospects, as it focuses only on schools in the wealthier parts of the country. 

For further information on Laurel Hill Colaiste, visit their website here.
To read more on education in Limerick, click here.

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