DUNDALK Grammar School is the best performing school in the area, according to the results of The Sunday Times’ Top 400 Schools list published at the weekend.
The fee-paying school was ranked 117th nationally – up 25 places on last year – in the often highly criticised school league tables.
Schools are ranked by the average proportion of pupils gaining place at one of the nine universities in Ireland, one of the main teacher training colleges, the Royal College of Surgeons, the National College of Art and Design or any English, Welsh or Scottish university or equivalent.
This year’s list found that 53.7 pc of students from Dundalk Grammar School over the last three years (2008, 2009 and 2010) went to university with 90.6 going on to receive some form of third level education.
The survey found that there were 296 male students and 210 female students registered in the school in the academic year 2009-2010 and found that there was a student to staff ratio of 16.1.
The Grammar was the best ranked in the county and was 14th best in Leinster.
The next best local school was St Vincent’s Secondary School in Seatown, who were 185th nationally – up three places on last year.
This year’s list found that 46pc of students from St Vincent’s over the last three years went to university with 83pc receiving some form of third level education. The school had a student to staff ratio of 17.3.
The next best performing local school was St Louis Secondary School where 36.7pc of students went to university in the last three years with 82.6pc going on to some form of third level education.
The all-girl school was 300th on the list – down four places on last year – and had 577 girls registered last year, also finding that there was a student to staff ratio of 15.6.
Neighbouring De La Salle Secondary School was 384th – also down four places on last year. It found that 30.8pc of students went to university in the last three years with 78.6pc going on to some form of third level education. It found that there were 575 boys and 14 girls in the school in the last academic year and found that there was a student to staff ratio of 17.7.