Academic Excellence


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

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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, DublinNew 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 UniversityUniversity of Tilberg, The Netherlands
Hotel School, The HagueKidalton College
Masstricht UniversityQueen Mary University of London

Areas of Further Education 2014-2019

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Actuarial StudiesGlobal Business
Agricultural ScienceGame Design
Environmental SciencesHistory
ArchitectureHotel Management
ArtsInternational Business
Human RightsPolitics
Biomedical and Health Life Sciences Liberal Arts
Economics and Social SciencesMarine & Freshwater Science
Business Information SystemsMathematics
Classics Maths Science
Chinese StudiesMultimedia Studies
Computer ScienceMusic, Media and Performance Technology
Information SystemsPhysics
EngineeringFinancial Economics
Artificial IntelligencePsychology
Environmental and Earth System SciencesQuantitative Business
Environmental EngineeringScience
Environmental ScienceTheoretical Physics
Film and BroadcastingVeterinary Medicine
Film StudiesWorld Religions and Theology
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