Kilkenny’s secondary schools had impressive results in the latest Sunday Times rankings, with four schools in the top 100, one in the top 20 boys’ schools and rankings boosts for all of the Kilkenny schools that made the list.
The county’s highest-ranked school in the table published in last Sunday’s edition was Loreto Secondary School, in 64th place, up 12 spots from last year’s position of 76th.
It was closely followed by Kilkenny College, which moved up 26 places to 80th.
St Kieran’s College moved up to 90th place and also made it into the list of Top 20 Boys’ Schools, coming in 19th place in that category.
Coláiste Pobail Osraí, which was named as the Top Small School for the previous two years in a row, leapt into 97th place in this year’s rankings after not having been included in the overall list last year.
Callan’s St Brigid’s College jumped 69 places to be ranked 144th, while Presentation Secondary School rose 46 places to 153rd.
CBS Kilkenny also improved to 270th place, and Castlecomer Community School was up six places to 356th. Heywood Community School in Ballinakill, County Laois was ranked 334th.
The rankings’ main criterion was the average proportion of students gaining places in autumn 2009, 2010 and 2011 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.