LAUREL Hill Gaelcholaiste FCJ on the South Circular Road has been named the top secondary school in the country.
Glenstal Abbey in Murroe is second in the survey of 400 schools across the country carried out by the Sunday Times.
The ‘Parent Power’ survey is hailed as the country’s most accurate league table of secondary schools’ performances.
It is based on the percentage of students progressing to university and university-level institutions in Ireland.
The 400-student Laurel Hill becomes the first Gaelcholaiste to take the accolade while Glenstal in Murroe is the top fee paying school in Ireland.
School principal Aedin Ni Bhriain said she is very proud.
“It is fantastic for Limerick, especially with the year in it being city of culture. We have a lot of involvement in culture, as well as academic activities. We would be very strong on music, the choir, and our national games. A lot goes on which don’t hear about, so it is nice to have a chance to highlight this.”
Ms Ni Bhriain added: “We have a strong sense of community which really makes a good school. We all look out for one another”.
An example of this would be the buddy system, where sixth year prefects are assigned a first year class.
The principal paid tribute to her staff who, she says, have worked very hard over the last two years in spite of the cutbacks.
“The spirit of the school has prevailed,” she concluded.