Although John Scottus takes a broad view of education and believes that success in education is measured by much more than results in public examinations, nonetheless it strives for academic excellence. The school has an excellent record in public examinations, with the vast majority of its students going on to University and third level colleges.

The Junior and Leaving Certificate Curricula are developed by the National Centre for Curriculum and Assessment, and the curricula details can bo accessed on-line at the NCCA’s Curriculum Online website. Information on State Examinations can be accessed on the State Examination Commission website

State Examinations: Leaving Certificate

The following subjects are currently offered at Leaving Certificate level:

  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Business
  • Classical Studies
  • Art
  • Music

Other subjects offered in the past include:

  • Applied Maths
  • Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Home Economics,
  • Latin

John Scottus Leaving Cert results were excellent. Over the past five years (2016-2020) the average grades in higher level papers were:

  • H1 – 12%
  • H1/H2 – 26%
  • H1/H2/H3 – 50%
  • H1/H2/H3/H4 – 72%
  • H1/H2/H3/H4/H5 – 85%

In the exams of 2020, the median number of points achieved by students was 454 points. The highlight of the 2019 exams was one student achieving a maximum of 625 points. 

State Examinations: Junior Cycle Subjects

All pupils study these subjects as main subjects in the Junior Cycle curriculum:

  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Art

In addition the following short course are studied:

  • Classical Studies
  • Artistic Performance (includes Music and Drama)
  • Well-being
  • Philosophy

The following subjects are also studied:

  • SPHE
  • CSPE
  • PE

John Scottus Junior Cycle results are excellent. Over the years 2015 to 2019 the average grades in higher level papers were

  • A/Distinction – 14 %
  • A/Distinction and B/Higher Merit – 53% 
  • A/Distinction, B/Higher Merit and C/Merit – 87%

D.E.S. School Inspections

The Secondary School is subject to inspection by the Department of Education School (D.E.S.) Inspectorate and to date there ha been a number of Subject Inspections and a Whole School Evaluation.The reports are published on the DES website.

All inspection reports can be found here.

The reports comment very favourably on the excellent and learning and teaching environment in John Scottus.

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