Leaving Cert students around the county headed back to their schools this morning to collect their test results, with many schools reporting that they are particularly happy with the maths and science scores.
This was the case at Castlecomer Community School, where principal Seamus O’Connor said that around two-thirds of the students had already come in to collect their results.
A large number of students at the school achieved over 540 points, he said, and “maths and science were very very good.” The scores on the English and Irish papers were also particularly good, he said. “We also had a large middle group with high-grade honours.”
Student Caragh Maher has plenty to celebrate, having scored seven As, including six A1s.
Seventy students sat the exams at the Castlecomer school this year, along with 11 who completed the Leaving Cert Applied.
The results, he said, are “a credit to the students, the parents and the teachers, who all came up trumps.”
An increase in the maths scores was also on the cards at Johnstown’s Colaiste Mhuire, said principal Michael Killeen. Science was also a strong area, biology in particular, he said.
There was plenty of excitement as the students came in to collect their results among their classmates and teachers.
“The weather might have been a bit of a damper, but they’re all very excited,” Mr Killeen said.
The students of Kilkenny College also braved the heavy rain to collect their results in person. Headmaster Ian Coombes said that more people had come to the school this year to collect their envelopes than in previous years, despite the weather.
“Overall, it went very well,” he said.
“There were also some exceptional individual results. Everyone is now holding their breath until Monday, for the first round of CAO offers.”
Local student Sam Morrow was one of a select few students nationally to achieve six A1s, while Jack McDowell – who plays for Kilkenny minors – brought home all ‘A’ grades. The school also returned a 100 per cent pass rate in maths.
Likewise, across town in St Kieran’s College, students were celebrating an exceptional return in maths scores also. Around half of the class of 2012 opted to do the higher level paper.
“We were delighted with all our results,” said principal John Curtis.
“I would like to congratulate all the lads and their parents, most of them are very happy with how it went. We wish them well in third level and their future careers.”
There were smiles all round at Scoil Airegail in Ballyhale. Principal Pat O’Hanlon said that the vast majority of the forty students who sat the Leaving Cert were ‘over the moon ‘ with their results. “The results more than exceeded our expectations. We were more than happy with the English, Accounting, Business and English. We are also very pleased with our Maths reaults. We had a very low failure rate especially in ordinary level. We had two students in the 500’s and quite a number in the high 400’s and most students are likely to get their first choice,” added Mr O’Hanlon.