Limerick all-girls’ school tops the league

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

First in the country: Some of Laurel Hill Colaistes recent graduates - Orna De Cantalun, Aishling Ni Chleirigh, Norma Ni Luinneachain, vice-principal Michelle Ni Shtolman, Sorcha Nic Giolla Cheara, Lorna Ni Chuilleagain, principal Aedin Ni Bhrian, Yvonne Ni Fhlaithbheartaigh and Aoife Ni Giolla Phadraig
LAUREL Hill Colaiste FCJ has topped the Sunday Times’ school guide for a second year running.

LAUREL Hill Colaiste FCJ has topped the Sunday Times’ school guide for a second year running.

The non fee paying all girls school on the South Circular Road scooped the honour from Glenstal Abbey in Murroe, which also claimed the title for two years in a row, in 2012 and 2013.

The school, which has won the Parent Power survey, has sent an average of 92.4% of its students on to university over the past three years.

The Sunday Times has said its Parent Power survey is the “most informative league table of secondary schools’ performance as it is based on the percentage of students progressing to university” and all third-level institutions, averaged over three years to erase annual anomalies.

The guide also notes that the school has an impressive student/staff ratio of 16, while 100% of pupils progress to third-level education.

Aedin Ni Bhriain, the principal of the all-girls school, which has some 400 pupils, said there is more to the school than excelling academically.

Its nearby counterpart, Laurel Hill secondary school, with 625 girls attending, is number 52 on the list, with 67% attending university, and 92% attending some third level institution. It has a student-staff ratio of 16.35.

Glenstal Abbey has fallen six places in the list since it topped the league two years ago. Of its 205 male pupils, 84.2% attending university and all go on to third level. It has a student-staff ratio of 17.58.

Some 22 Limerick schools make the list of the top 400 in the country.

In the list of the top 20 mixed schools, attended by both boys and girls, Castletroy College is placed fourth on the list, and 27th nationally; Crescent College Comprehensive is placed fifth and in 30th place nationally; Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh is in 14th place and 56th place nationally, while Villiers school is 20th on the mixed school list, and in 66th place overall.

Eight Limerick schools are listed in the top 20 in Munster.

Kate Butler, who compiled the best school guide for The Sunday Times, said Munster has been doing extremely well in the league, “even though it has half the population of Leinster and has almost as many schools in our top 100. Schools in Munster are really pushing above their weight.”

“Laurel Hill’s two-year lead of the table is also remarkable in that it is the first all girls’ school to take the lead.”