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Report Shows High Numbers Attending Fee Paying Schools In Wicklow Progress To Third Level

The Irish Times feeder school report shows if you go to a fee paying school, you're much more likely to go to college and get into a course with the highest points.

Gonzaga, Belvedere and Mount Anville in Dublin, St Gerard's in Wicklow and Presentation College in Cork are all fee paying - and are among the schools with the highest proportion of students going onto third level.

Only 57 per cent of those attending schools in disadvantaged areas are attending college, and it's as low as 15 per cent in some places.

Every year, fee paying schools get around 90 million euro in state support.

The government says DEIS schools receive about 120 million.

Education Minister Joe McHugh says students in those areas need more support:

The figures don't show how many students do apprenticeships or go on to further education.

The report is published after Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick was named the top secondary school in Ireland, for a record sixth year in a row.

The Sunday Times Best Schools Guide released today shows Irish-speaking South Dublin girls' school, Coláiste Íosagáin is second.

Loreto College, St Stephen's Green is joint 3rd, with the fee-paying Presentation Brothers College, Cork - the top boys' school.

Out of the top ten, 7 were all girl schools while 7 were also fee-paying.

Kildare schools Clongowes Wood College, Newbridge College and Maynooth Post Primary were all included in the Top 100.

Clongowes Wood College in Clane was 22nd, Newbridge College was 37th and Maynooth P.P 84th.

St Wolstan's Community School in Celbridge was ranked just outside the top 100 at 103rd.

St Gerards In Bray dropped 11 places from the last survey to 70th.

While Gaelcholaiste na Mara in Arklow jumped from 140th to 60th.

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