Academic results in state examinations in the College are outstanding by any reliable indicator or measure. We publish all of our results annually and believe that these are among the very best in the country. This year our pupils achieved an average points score of 444, with two pupils achieving the maximum 625 points on offer. In all, 9% of our candidates scored over 600 points, 32% over 500 points, 65% over 400 points and 91% over 300 points.
Since a new grading system was introduced in 2017 it is difficult to compare with previous years. Under the more familiar older (A1, A2, B1) etc system, the class of 2016 scored a record average points score in their Leaving Certificate of 473, equivalent to just under five grade As per candidate. 44% of all candidates achieved 500+ points, with 77% achieving 400+ points and 95% achieving 300+ points.
In the past six years Columbans have scored an average of 458 CAO points, an astonishing figure and surely amongst the best, if not the best, in Ireland.
The vast majority of our pupils progress to third level, in Ireland, the UK, the US and, increasingly so, to universities in the Netherlands and Germany.