Academic Achievement

A Place of Achievement

Our first-class examination results are a reflection of our strong academic ethos in which both students’ and parents’ high expectations are met and, more usually, surpassed. 

Scholarships

Congratulations to Lucy Fitzsimmons, who has been awarded an Entrance Exhibition Scholarship to Trinity College and is studying Chemical Sciences.

Three members of the Class of 2018 who were awarded on the basis of high achievement in their Leaving Certificate. Catherine Scully (Biomedical Health and Life Sciences), Aisling Kelly (Engineering), Clare Tuohy (Business and Law).

Rathdown girls achieve excellent examination results in State Examinations and secure places in third level education across Ireland, the UK, Europe, the US and beyond.  Most girls gain places at their first choice of university.

Our Leaving Certificate results for the previous 6 years, 2013 to 2018 inclusive make for most impressive reading.

Over this time period:

  • 1 in 5 of students scored over 550 points
  • A little over 2 in 5 scored over 500 points
  • 3 in 5 scored over 450 points
  • Three-quarters of all students scored over 400 points
  • 9 out of 10 students scored over 300 points
  • Our median point score (the middle score) is 480 points

We are a mixed ability school, meaning we have students with a wide range of academic ability. At one end, a very high percentage of our girls perform exceptionally well, scoring high points. If your daughter is around the middle of her class in terms of ability, based on the statistics above in Rathdown she would achieve 480 points. I am sure you will agree this is a very high level of achievement. Furthermore, we ensure that everyone is catered for, and the achievements at the other end are equally impressive.

When we look at the names and stories behind each result, we see a correlation between high achievement and participation in school life. We have an extensive extra-curricular offering in Rathdown. Our students participate in very high numbers in hockey, basketball, cricket, athletics, tennis, Model United Nations, Lego Club, Green Schools, Eco Club, music, drama, student leadership, prefects, student council etc. Busy, active, fit and healthy students achieve or outperform expectations. It dispels the myth that you have to give up everything, and devote all available spare time to studies.