A Co Kildare secondary school has significant increase going to third level since 2009

Focusing on sending students to third level because of the economic downturn became a strong priority for a Co Kildare school over the past few years. A campaign of sending students on to third level is showing strong levels of success at St Paul's Secondary School. Monasterevin. The school has been listed in an Irish Times results for most improved since 2009. Six years ago there were only 14% of students going on to Third Level, while now 45% of their students do. Speaking to KildareNow, Deputy Principal, Ms Mary Mullally, said: "We have had a big push academically and encouraged students with career guidance.  The main reason for this increase was the downturn in the economy, there were very little jobs for them coming out of school." Students at St Paul's are going on to study Nursing, Business, Medicine and the Arts.

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