Kilkenny may not have been blessed with the mid-August sunshine, but there was no shortage of smiling faces around the county as local students opened their Leaving Certificate results this morning.
Most local secondary schools began distributing the long-awaited A4-sized envelopes from 9.30am. It was hearts-in-mouths stuff for many of the mams, dads and other family members who loitered nearby in parked cars or stared at mobile phones in earnest from early on.
As news still comes in from some schools, the overwhelming reaction here seems to be a positive one.
CBS student Jack Lawlor was sitting on a bench on James' Street contemplating his own extraordinary marks. He had taken eight subjects in his exams, and also managed to achieve 600 points.
“I didn't think I would quite manage that so I'm delighted,” he said.
The Bennettsbridge man will now hope to go on and study Law and Social Justice in UCD.
Almost 58,500 students sat their Leaving Certificate in June — 1,012 of them here in Kilkenny.
Results are also available online from midday today. Access to the on-line results service, which requires the use of the candidate’s examination number and unique candidate Personal Identification Number, is through www.examinations.ie.
CAO Round One offers are due on Monday, August22, and the Union of Students in Ireland is advising students across the country who wish to progress to third level education on the next steps to take.
“The first thing we would like to say to students who have just done their leaving cert is congratulations,” said Annie Hoey, USI President.
“It’s probably the toughest exam most people will do in their life and it spans across so many diverse subjects, both optional and obligatory. It’s important to bear in mind that when you go to college, you’ll most likely be studying in a field you’re interested in and better at. Overall leaving cert points don’t reflect your ability in one area.”
CAO Round Two offers are issued on August 31 and USI is reminding students that if they don’t get their first choice, to wait and see what they get in the second round.
Viewing of scripts will be arranged in each school on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3.
Each student is given a specific time to attend, and may bring in one other person with them. Often teachers accompany their students to assist them.
For those unhappy with their results, or wish to discuss them with qualified guidance counsellors, a helpline is provided courtesy of the National Parents’ Council in association with the Irish Independent, eir and supported by the Dept. of Education & Skills. The Helpline Phone Number is 1800 265 165 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.