Two secondary schools in Co Mayo are among 50 non-private schools that send 100% of pupils to third-level education.

A new study shows State-funded schools are closing the gap on fee paying schools - with college entry rates at a historic high.

The annual Feeder School tables, published in the Irish Independent, follow the transfer of pupils from around 700 schools to more than 30 third level institutions.

It shows two thirds of state run secondary schools are sending 70 percent of students to college - with 50 non fee-paying schools showing a 100 percent college transfer rate - including St Muredach's College, Ballina and Our Lady's Secondary School in Belmullet.

Seven secondary schools in Co Galway are also among the State-funded schools that send 100% of pupils to third-level.

However, school principals are warning that league tables aren't an accurate measure of a schools or student's success.


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