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Number of Ardee CS grads starting third-level rises again

Students from 2015's Leaving Cert year returned to the 2016 awards night to collect individual prizes. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

79% of students who sat the Leaving Certificate in Ardee Community School in June 2017 went onto third level education, according to a new feeder school report by The Irish Times.

That represents a 5% increase on the number of second level graduates in Ardee who went on to third level education in 2016.


The newspaper has today (Tuesday) published it’s annual report into school leavers across the country – including how they did and where they went – with Ardee Community School found to, once again, feed more students to Dundalk IT than anywhere else in the country.

This year, 39 Ardee CS students went on to start courses in Dundalk IT in September, the same figure who made the transition to the local third level institution in 2016. Since 2007, 326 Leaving Cert students from Ardee CS have gone on to start at DKIT the following September.

This year, 79 of the 101 pupils who sat the Leaving Cert in Ardee went on to accept a place in higher education, with 39 of them enrolling at DKIT. Eight school leavers took up a place at Dublin City University while another eight went to Maynooth University.

Just one Ardee graduate in 2017 went to both UCD and Trinity College respectively while six have started at DIT in the 2017/18 academic year and four opted for the Institute of Technology Carlow.

Others who sat their Leaving Certificate in 2017 went onto study at NUI Galway Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Athlone IT, Galway/Mayo IT, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith College, Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.

Of 16 secondary schools in Louth, Ardee Community School’s 79% of students going onto higher level education this year is ranked 10th (below).

Ardee Community School’s rate of students progressing to third level education has risen exponentially in the last decade. In 2007, just 50 students progressed to third level learning – compared to 74 in 2016, and now 79 this year. Between 2012 and 2014, the number of pupils progressing to university year-on-year rose from 11 to 23. This year, the figure sits at 20.

The feeder schools listed published today includes all schools in the Republic of Ireland where 11 or more pupils sat the Leaving Cert. The figures do not account for school leavers moving into apprenticeships or further education. The State does not centrally collect that date. The lists also do not provide information on how many students went on to study in the UK this year.

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