Mohill Community College has been ranked as 200th in the top 400 secondary schools in Ireland.
The college pushed through the ranks this year, climbing 59 places to be Leitrim’s top ranking secondary school as well as a place in Ireland’s top 200.
The Sunday Times published their 400 ranking list last weekend, which is compiled in relation to Leaving Cert students that accepted places in universities and third level colleges. It does not take into account students who achieved high points to study abroad, take a GAP year, repeat Leaving Cert or study in PLC or colleges of further education.
The table showed 87.1% of students from Mohill Community College went to third level, with 46.8% taking up places in universities.
Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin were not too far behind in the table, they were placed at 232, with 87.6% going to third level and 44.8% taking a place in university; Ballinamore PPS were number 242 with 91.1% to third level and 44.5% to university; Carrick-on-Shannon Community School was at 295 with 79.4% going to third level and 40.4% to university and St Clare’s Manorhamilton came in at 391 with 69.1% of students taking courses at third level and 33.6% heading to university.
Lough Allen College and Ballinamore PPS had improved their rankings from last year but Carrick Community School and St Clare’s Comprehensive had both fallen back down the ranks for 2014.
Carrigallen and Drumshanbo Vocational Schools did not make it into the top 400 table.
Local schools that fared well included Sligo Grammer School (placed at 71), Loretto College Cavan (87), Ursuline college, Sligo (95), Scoil Mhuire, Roscommon (117), The Royal School, Cavan (173), St Patricks College, Cavan (180), The Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon (233), Mercy College, Sligo (234), Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown (235) and Abbey Community College, Boyle (264). Sligo Grammer School and The Royal School Cavan are both fee paying secondary schools.
Summerhill College, Sligo, St Mel’s, Longford and Moyne Community College which have all a good reputation locally and attract a number of local students for their academic prowess were surprisingly low on the high ranking list located respectively at 266, 326 and 360.
428 students sat the Leaving Cert in Leitrim this year, the lowest number of any county. Following the release of exam results, schools across the county celebrated positive results with some students hitting the magical top mark of 600 points. There was also a marked improvement noted in the numbers who sat higher level subjects including Maths which attracts bonus points.
A large number of students take part in a PLC course before going on to third level.