New figures released by the Department of Children and Youth Aaffairs have revealed that there were a total of 81 student suspensions from Ardee Community School over the last two full academic years.
The statistics were provided by Minister Katherine Zappone and given to Sinn Fein TD for Louth Imelda Munster. It shows that 81 suspensions were handed to students at the secondary school in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 academic years.
While 42 suspensions were issued in 14/15, that number dropped slightly to 39 the following year. With a student body of just over 700 pupils, that represents 5.5% of the overall attendance – but these figures do include multiple suspensions for the same pupil, so that figure is likely to be lower.
In total, 557 students were suspended from schools across the county in the 2015/2016 academic year – a rise of 95 (21%) on the previous year. Ardee Community School’s decline went against the general rise across Louth.
Scoil Ui Mhuiri in Dunleer issued more suspensions to students than any other school in 2015/16, suspending 86 students, which is 11 more than the next highest number at St Joseph’s CBS in Drogheda. That figure is all the more remarkable considering their entire enrolment for last year was 622.
You can read more about the overall figures in Louth over on TalkofTheTown.ie.