Scoil Aireagail increased its number of students in third level from 51% eight years ago to 100% last year. Almost two thirds (63%) of their students secured college places in the same period and 22% have gone on to university. The school’s principal Liam O’ Brien attributes much of this success to group work and the effort put in by students and teachers.
“Quality teaching and learning is the core business of the school and we have put a lot of effort into introducing progressive teaching methodologies in the school, such as co-operative learning. It brings about a more engaged student and a more committed student. We have a school improvement plan in place which is working to good effect.”
“The most important thing is that we have high expectations for the students and this is constantly communicated to them and the wider school community. Our teachers expect a high standard of work and dedication from the students.”
The principal concludes: ”We have a very dedicated staff here who go well beyond the call of duty. Because we are a relatively small school there is a strong relationship between the teachers and students and that is the basis for getting real commitment from the students.”
(Irish Independent January 2017)