How the school league tables were compiled
The data was garnered from two sources and includes students who got places in any of 33 colleges on the island of Ireland
Some schools show a progression rate to third level of more than 100 per cent. This is because the figures include post-Leaving Certificate students who progressed to a college course, first-year repeats and mature students who sat the Leaving Cert in years prior to 2013, as well as students who attended more than one school during their time in post-primary education.
Only 60 per cent of this year’s college registrations are of students who sat the Leaving Cert in June 2013.
Of the remainder, 25 per cent either took a PLC following sixth year and secured a college place via that route, or dropped out of a course and are now coming back to college again; 15 per cent are mature students (ie, adults over the age of 23).
The progression percentage in the table shows the total number of 2013 college registrations from each school (with the above inclusions) as a proportion of the number of 2013 Leaving Certs taken at the school.
Numbers are not available on progression rates arising from Leaving Cert 2013 only.
What the list includes
This list indicates the success of second-level schools in securing places in publicly funded third-level colleges in the Republic of Ireland, as well as the two Northern Iris h universities: Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
It includes all schools in the Republic of Ireland that registered more than 10 students with the State Examinations Commission for the 2013 Leaving Cert. It also provides information on those who secured places in two Northern Irish universities: Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
This year, figures for students who attended third level in the United Kingdom in colleges registered with UCAS, the UK equivalent of the Central Applications Office (CAO), were not made available and are not included in the list.
In a case where a student attended more than one school during his or her second-level education, each school received a progression credit from the college the student eventually attended. Likewise, in the case of those students who repeated the Leaving Certificate, the figures provided to The Irish Times by many third-level institutions credit both the applicants’ own second-level school and the school or institution in which they repeated the Leaving Certificate.
It also includes some mature students who applied to the CAO and lists the school in which they sat the Leaving Cert, as well as students who secured a college place last year but deferred it and accepted in 2013.
How to read the list
1. Number who sat Leaving Cert 2013: The total number of students from each school who sat the Leaving Cert in 2013, based on State Examinations Commission figures. 2. Total number (all years) who accepted 2013 CAO place: Alongside this, the table shows the total number of students who sat their Leaving Cert at that school, in 2013 or in previous years; or repeated the Leaving Cert in another school and started full-time undergraduate studies in a publicly-funded third-level institution on the island of Ireland in 2013.
3. Total percentage progression (all years) to third level: The final figure shows the total number of students from each school who sat the Leaving Cert in 2013; plus those who sat it in previous years and either deferred making a CAO application until 2013 or repeated the Leaving Cert in another institution. It also includes students who attended the school but changed schools before the Leaving Cert year.