DEERPARK CBS has been named the second most improved school in Ireland and the most improved across Cork when it comes to sending students to college.
The Cork secondary school has seen the number of its students attending third level education grow from 20% in 2009 to 75% last year, according to the latest schools league table.
Principal Kevin Barry said they are delighted with the progress the school has made in recent years.
“There has been a huge amount of positive change happening here in recent years.
“These latest figures are an indication of the brilliant developments at the school and of course, the commitment of the staff and students,” he added.
“Our Leaving Cert results have been improving year on year and all indications from an educational perspective are very good.”
Staff at Deerpark CBS should be commended for their work following the achievement, explained deputy principal Aaron Wolfe.
“The staff across the school regularly go above and beyond the call of duty for the students,” he said.
“They put in so much time and effort ensuring the lads here progress.
“We offer free after-school study sessions, free homework clubs and free grinds during the holidays, all testament to a dedicated staff,” he added.
The school, which recently revealed plans to become a co-educational facility this year, has been catering for Catholic boys in the southside area for 190 years. It will take in girls next September for the first time.
While academic excellence is welcomed, both Mr Barry and Mr Wolfe said they are not necessarily in favour of league tables for schools.
“League tables only focus on the number of students who go on to third level education,” explained Mr Barry. “Some schools judge themselves solely on how many students they can send to third level when, in some cases, third level education isn’t the best option for some students.
“We know where all our students go, not just the ones who go to university, but those who go on to complete apprenticeships, PLCs, or to work,” he added.