The Sunday Times have but one wish and one alone; that we, as a nation, are comprehensively aware, and in possession, of a categorised breakdown of the top 400 secondary schools in the country - ranked in terms of the percentage of students that progress onto third-level education. To that end they have released the Sunday Times Best Schools Guide 2018 - which ranks the top 400 secondary schools in the country on the basis of what percentage of their graduating students, between 2015-2017, progressed to third-level education. And oh boy if you're a fan of sweeping rankings compiled on a relatively arbitrary metric of success then this is surely all your Christmases coming at once.
The top school in the country, for an unprecedented fifth year in a row, is Lauren Hill Coláiste in Limerick. This girl's school - which was also the first gaelscoil to be ranked top of the list back in 2014 - saw 96.4% of its students progress on to either university or an institute of technology. In addition it is also the only non-fee-paying school to top the rankings in the past 13 years.
The top boys' school was Gonzaga College which saw 85.9% of its students progress to third-level, seeing it climb from 8th place to 4th this year.
Of those in the top 25 schools the one which saw the greatest climb in the rankings from last year was Coláiste Ghobnait. The school, located on Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands has just 27 pupils, 12 girls and 15 boys, and was ranked 15th in the list, up from 53rd last year.
Check out the top 25 schools on the list below:
1) (1) Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd, Limerick, Girls 96.4%
2) (2) Scoil Mhuire, Sidney Place, Cork, Girls 87.1%
3) (5) Coláiste Íosagáin, Booterstown, Co Dublin,Girls 87.0%
4) (8=) Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Boys 85.9%
5) (10) Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Girls 85.2%
6) (4) The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Girls 85.1%
7) (7) Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork, Boys 85.0%
8) (3) Salerno Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway, Girls 84.3%
9) (13) Mount Anville Secondary School, Goatstown, Dublin 14, Girls 83.5%
10) (14) Coláiste na Coiribe, Knocknacarra, Galway, Mixed 81.7%
11) (12) Castleknock College, Castleknock, Dublin 15, Boys 81.6%
12) (22) *Coláiste Iognáid SJ, Sea Rd, Galway, Mixed 81.3%
13) (8=) Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork, Boys 80.7%
14) (19) Mount Sackville Secondary School, Chapelizod, Dublin 20, Girls 79.4%
15) (53) Coláiste Ghobnait, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, Co Galway (G), Mixed 77.8%
16) (16) Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6 (B), Girls 77.2%
17) (23) Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Girls 76.5%
18) (32) Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Girls 76.5%
19) (21) Blackrock College, Blackrock, Co Dublin (B), Boys 76.4%
20) (15) Belvedere College, Great Denmark St, Dublin 1, Boys 75.6%
21) (20) Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Rd, Cork, Girls 75.5%
22) (6) Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co Limerick (B), Boys . 75.5%
23) (24) Ardscoil Rís, Nth Circular Rd, Limerick, Boys 75.4%
24) (27) Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Limerick, Mixed 75.4%
25) (47) St Conleth’s College, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Mixed 75.2%