School-leavers from disadvantaged areas progressed to university in close to record numbers this year. The figures were compiled as part of The Irish Times Feeder Schools 2023, which provides a school-by-school guide of progression rates to third level this year.
Overall, this year’s data shows about 80 per cent of school-leavers nationally progressed to third level in 2023.
Fee-charging schools continue to send the highest proportions of school-leavers to third level (99 per cent), followed by Irish-medium schools or gaelcholáistí (96 per cent), non-Deis schools (82 per cent) and Deis schools (63 per cent).
When broken down by individual schools, the top-50 schools with the highest progression rates sent almost all their school-leavers to higher education.
Catholic University School on Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, topped the feeder-school list this year, followed by Santa Sabina Dominican College, Sutton, Dublin 13; Coláiste Iosagain, Booterstown, Co Dublin; Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glammire, Co Cork; St Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon, Dublin 16; and Mount Anville, Goatstown, Dublin 14.
Use the tables below to see how your school and county has performed, along with the progression rates by fee-paying/non fee-paying schools and progression rates by gender.
How to use the Feeder Schools list
Let’s say you want to see how your local school fared.
1. Search for the name of your school in the table below.
2. “LC sits″: This column tells you the total number of students in each school who registered for the Leaving Cert, based on figures provided by the Department of Education.
3. “Total % prog”: The percentage of Leaving Cert candidates from that school who progressed to higher education in a publicly funded, third-level institution on the island of Ireland. In addition, it includes those who sat the exam in previous years and either deferred making a CAO application until 2023 or repeated in another institution.
Note: Some students who changed school or deferred taking up a college place are counted twice in official figures supplied by education authorities, leading to some schools recording rates of more than 100%. Progression rates in some schools which recorded a sizeable drop in student numbers between 2022-23 are inflated for statistical reasons; we have excluded these schools in editorial commentary.