I am delighted to report that Leaving Certificate examination results at The High School in 2021 were the best recorded in the history of the school. In summary, 96.6% of the papers taken at higher level achieved H5 or above; H8 or less was recorded on only 0.1% of all papers. I should like to offer my warmest congratulations to all candidates on their individual successes which were achieved in challenging circumstances.
There have been significant improvements in examination performance at The High School in recent years which reflects the professional excellence of our teaching staff, the determination and hard work of pupils, and the dedicated support of parents and guardians. This trend led to The High School being ranked by The Irish Times as the best-performing school in south Dublin following 100% entry to third level education in 2012. The school recorded an average of 105% entry to third level education in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
In 2015, 55% of this overall cohort were admitted to undergraduate degree courses at Trinity College, Dublin and University College Dublin - the highest-ranking universities in Ireland - where recent past pupils of The High School were awarded six Entrance Exhibitions and two Entrance Scholarships, respectively. The High School recorded a 100% and 110% progression rate to third level education in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Our past pupils were awarded two Entrance Exhibitions to TCD and eight Entrance Scholarships to UCD in 2016 followed by three Entrance Exhibitions to TCD and five Entrance Scholarships to UCD in 2017. In 2019, The High School recorded a 111% progression rate to third level education. In 2020 The Sunday Times ranked The High School as the top co-educational school in its sector in Ireland.
I should like to congratulate all our pupils on their outstanding results and to thank my colleagues who have worked tirelessly on their behalf throughout their time at The High School.
Mr G A Forrest