‘The quality of teaching and learning observed was consistently high and ranged from good to very good with a significant number of excellent lessons. School management and teachers have appropriately high expectations for student learning and in turn students responded through purposeful engagement and focus on their work. Student interest, motivation and focus was excellent.Whole-school Evaluation, Department of Education & Skills, 2014
In keeping with the Loreto Educational Philosophy, we ‘promote excellence appropriate to each student’. A culture of high expectations is identified by all international research as a key component of successful schools. Our academic achievements in the State Examinations provide further proof that this is the case. Each year, in the State Examinations, our results far surpass national averages in terms of the numbers of students taking examinations at the Higher Level and the achievement of high grades in all subjects in all levels.
A high percentage of our students progress to Degree level courses. In 2016, 66% of our graduates progressed to study a degree level course in one of the Universities or teacher training colleges while 29% continued their education in one of the Institutes of Education or other colleges. Our performance in this regard is consistently high, and we have been in the top ten schools in Leinster for the past five years (source Sunday Times). This year, we were in fifth position making Loreto top school in Kilkenny in that regard.
Our 2016 Leaving Certificate results maintained these consistently high standards. 27% of the year group were awarded equal or greater than 500 C.A.O. points, almost three times the national average! Similarly, multiples of the national average achieved more than 550 (7%) while 65% of our students achieved or exceeded 400 points. 52% of our Leaving Certificate students were awarded the Higher Level Mathematics bonus points. This is double the national average. Similarly, our results in the Junior Certificate far surpass national averages. Our top ten performers were awarded 85 ‘A’ grades between them! While our results surpass national averages, our enrolment of students reflects the national averages in terms of ability.
First Year Subjects
Art, Business Studies, Civic Social Political Education (C.S.P.E.), English, French, Geography, German, History, Home Economics, Irish, Maths, Music, Religious Education & Science.