There were scenes of delight at schools around the county this morning, as students opened their Leaving Certificate exam results.
Over 900 young people in Kilkenny were receiving results, and in the vast majority of cases, they were overwhelmingly positive. Principals and students alike confirmed it had been a good morning.
One student at Castlecomer Community School received 615 points. Kieran Dowd, from just outside the town, worked hard and was delighted with his result.
Principal Seamus O’ Connor said there had been a number of exceptional performances by students but he was delighted that middle of the road students had applied themselves so well and performed brilliantly. “Everyone seems happy and I think that everyone will get their first choice when the CAO offers come out on Monday,” he said.
For many students, these results will determine what they are to do next in terms of third-level education or future careers. First round offers from the CAO will be sent out on Monday.
For those students who wish to view exam scripts, they must return completed application forms regarding viewing of scripts directly to schools by August 19. Viewing of scripts will take place in schools on August 29 and 30, while September 3 is the closing date for receipt by SEC of any appeals applications.
This time of year can be a stressful one for students, as well as parents and teachers. The 1800-265-165 Freephone helpline is open from 10am today to take calls from anyone seeking advice and information on the choices available. The helpline is provided by the National Parents’ Council Post Primary and staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.