Academic Excellence

Curriculum

The school aims to help all students achieve their fullest potential in academic and co-curricular fields at each stage of their development. In our teaching, we aim to help, stimulate, and challenge each student, and this aim is supported by careful monitoring and regular reporting.

The curriculum provided is balanced, broad and diverse. Scholarship and academic depth are its central features.

A high priority is placed on communication with parents. There is a programme of regular reporting and staff are available to meet with parents on request. There is also a parent-teacher meeting for every year group each year.

The Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate curricula of the Irish Department of Education and Skills are followed. All students sit the Junior Certificate at the end of 3rd Year. Transition Year is compulsory in 4th Year. All students sit the Leaving Certificate at the end of 6th Year.   All subjects are taught at Higher level, with the exception of Irish and Mathematics, where there is streaming into Higher and Ordinary level classes. 

Each year group is normally divided into two or three for academic purposes, giving us classes of approximately 16 per base class. The academic progress of each class group is monitored by a Tutor. Many classes in the Senior Cycle are considerably smaller than the average size.

Exam Results

The Leaving Certificate points obtained by our students exceed the national average each year.  In 2019 our students attained an average of 480 points, out of a maximum of 625.

●        480 Points is equivalent to 3 x  A* (UK's A Levels)

●        100 Points is equal to 36 UCAS Tariff Points

●        One A* is equal to 56 UCAS Tariff Points 

The following links show how the Leaving Certificate points are calculated for entrance to UK Universities: Qualifax/UCAS Tariff Points  / UCAS Tariff Calculator.

Further Education Destinations  2014-2019
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Dublin City University  (DCU) Imperial College London
Dublin Institute of Technology  (DIT) Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Harper Adam University
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) London School of Economics
PULSE College at Windmill Lane, Dublin New York University (NYU)
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) SOAS, University of London
University College Cork (UCC) University of Groningen, The Netherlands
University College Dublin (UCD) University of Madrid, Spain
University of Limerick (UL) University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Oxford University University of Tilberg, The Netherlands
Hotel School, The Hague Kidalton College
Masstricht University Queen Mary University of London
Areas of Further Education 2014-2019
Accounting Forestry
Actuarial Studies Global Business
Agricultural Science Game Design 
Environmental Sciences History
Architecture Hotel Management
Arts International Business
Journalism Law 
Human Rights Politics
Biomedical and Health Life Sciences Liberal Arts
Business Logistics
Economics and Social Sciences Marine & Freshwater Science
Business Information Systems Mathematics
Classics Maths Science
Commerce Medicine
Chinese Studies Multimedia Studies
Computer Science Music, Media and Performance Technology
Dentistry Nanoscience
Economics Pharmacy
Finance Philosophy
Information Systems Physics
Philosophy Physiotherapy
Engineering Financial Economics
Artificial Intelligence Psychology
Environmental and Earth System Sciences Quantitative Business
Environmental Engineering Science
Environmental Science Theoretical Physics
Film and Broadcasting Veterinary Medicine
Film Studies World Religions and Theology