I have my own theory on this, and I’d be interested in any views teachers have on this…
I really dont think that there is such thing as ‘good schools’ and ‘bad schools’ in so far as I dont think you have one school where all the Teachers are excellent and another where the teachers are poor…they are all paid the same, and they all apply randomly for wherever jobs are available.
My own view is that you have good areas and bad areas (sorry for the crass description). That is to say, in middle class areas parents are more likely to be encouraging/ expecting their kids to get good results, are more likely to have cash to fund extra-curricular activities, are more likely to be sending their kids to school with a view of progressing on to third level. This attitude passes on to the kids. Also, middle class parents prefer their kids to be with other middle class kids.
So my own view on this issue of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ schools, it is really the distinction between which schools have middle class kids, which schools have working class kids, which schools are fee paying.
I don’t know what a working class area is near stillorgan…but assuming there is one, say sallynoggin, if there was a genuinely outstanding school there, but one where the kids all have strong dublin accents, and a lot of the kids parents are on the dole, I dont think many of the stillorgan parents would be sending their kids there.
Apologies for hijacking the thread, but for someone who with young kids who is actively sussing out which schools to send them to, I am (in my view) trying to cut to the chase on this topic.