Useful Links



The Parents Association would like to highlight the following link

This page contains many useful links for parents and students alike, as well as several ‘noticeboards’ with up-to-date information on guidance, education and colleges news.


New Common Points Scale for Entry to Higher Education from 2017

‘Candidates receiving Leaving Certificate results from August 2017 on will have their results expressed in a new scale of grades. Consequently, from 2017, a new Higher Education Common Points Scale will come into effect. The new scale will apply to all applicants applying to CAO on the basis of their Leaving Certificate examination results (1985 – present). If you sat the Leaving Certificate between 1985 and 2016, scores for grades will be adjusted to conform to the new scale. The points available under the new scale cannot be compared with the points awarded up to 2016.’



Higher Level Education in Ireland

Higher level education in Ireland is provided mainly by 7 Universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, including DIT, and 7 Colleges of Education. There are a number of other specialist third level institutions providing education in such fields as art and design, medicine, business studies, rural development, theology, music and law. The full list, including web site details, can be found following the link below:





Qualifax describes itself as Irelands National Learners Database, a ‘one stop shop’ for learners. It provides comprehensive information on further and higher education and training. The website is well designed and easy to navigate and has several sections including a specific student section and a parent/family section. Qualifax aims to help individuals make informed and confident career choices.  It includes a link to a CAO points calculator for 2017, and a facility to help chose what course might suit a student best based on their interests. Below are links to



Changes to State Exams

St Macdaras

Please click on the link below:   Circular S18-17 – Changes to State […]


St Macdaras

Parentline is a free, confidential helpline for parents – somewhere to turn to for […]