The best small school in the country

KILKENNY’S Colaiste Pobail Osrai has maintained its ranking as the best small secondary school in Ireland in a report by the Sunday Times which ranked Ireland’s top 400 secondary schools.

KILKENNY’S Colaiste Pobail Osrai has maintained its ranking as the best small secondary school in Ireland in a report by the Sunday Times which ranked Ireland’s top 400 secondary schools.

The list was compiled by ranking the schools according to the average number of “pupils gaining places in autumn 2008, 2009 and 2010 at one of the nine universities on the island of Ireland, main teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons, National College of Art and Design or any English, Welsh or Scottish university or equivalent.”

Colaiste Pobail Osrai had the highest proportion of past pupils attending college of all the secondary schools with less than 100 pupils in Ireland. An average of 71.7% of past pupils had gone on to third level education.

Other Kilkenny schools that performed well in the overall rankings were, Loreto Secondary School (76), St Kieran’s College (98), Kilkenny College (106), Presentation Secondary School (199), St Brigid’s College Callan, (213), Kilkenny CBS (283), Castlecomer Community School (362).