There is good news for the Convent of Mercy Secondary School (Scoil Mhuire gan Smal) in Roscommon town this week because in last Sunday’s edition of the Sunday Times the school was voted the fourth best second level school in Connacht and the 47th best in the country (out of 400). It’s a great result for the school, considering that there are 24 of the most prestigious and expensive fee-paying schools ahead of them in the rankings. When those fee-paying schools are taken out of the equation the Convent of Mercy Secondary School comes out at number 23, which is an even more noteworthy achievement. In the girls only section, the school ranks at number 15 (without the fee-paying schools) and at number 2 in Connacht if Galway City is excluded. This table is a yearly one published by the Sunday Times which includes all second level schools with more than 100 pupils on the roll. The statistics are collected from 32 third level institutions and the data originates in the State Examinations Commission and the CAO. The percentage of students from Scoil Mhuire gan Smal in Roscommon who went on to University was 62% over the period of the survey (2006) while a whopping 80.9% of the students ended up in one form of third level institution or other.