85% of Donegal leaving cert students go on to college

Figures published today show that just under 85% of secondary school students who completed the Leaving Cert in Donegal this year went on to college.

Feeder school figures published in today's papers include figures for 24 schools in Donegal at which almost 1,900 students sat the exam.

Two schools in Donegal, Milford Community School and Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon return a perfect score, with 100% of their leaving cert pupils going on to college.

They're closely followed by Loreto Letterkenny and Mulroy College, Milford, with 95 and 93% respectively going on to college.

The Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, Finn Valley College in Stranorlar and Carndonagh Community School each recorded a college feeder rate of 91%.

On the opposite end of the scale, Errigal College in Letterkenny had a feeder rate of 42%, Deele College in Raphoe saw 48% of its leaving cert graduates go on to college, while Crana College in Buncrana recorded a rate of 52%.

Predictably, Donegal schools saw a higher proportion of students go on the colleges in the North and the UK. Previous studies which excluded the North and UK were accused opf painting a highly inaccurate picture of academic achievement in Donegal, with artificially low college attendence figures being published.

Meanwhile, ASTI General Secretary John White has warned that the publication of these tables gives a distorted picture of the second-level school system.