Local schools praise Leaving Cert results

Padraig Leyden Principal of Ballinamore Community School with Conor McLoughlin, Sean Leyden, Alan Doonan, Niall McLoughlin and Diarmuid McCaffrey Deputy Principal on results day last Wednesday.
Almost 400 studentsacross the county received their Leaving Cert Results last Wednesday, August 12.

Almost 400 studentsacross the county received their Leaving Cert Results last Wednesday, August 12.

In general all the schools reported good grades and indicated that the majority of students were happy with their results and would be going on to third level education. The Leitrim Observer contacted the seven schools in the county to get an overview of 
results day.

17 students at Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin were “delighted” with their results according to Principal David Harding. Speaking to the paper Wednesday morning he said the grades in Lough Allen were “in line with the national trends.” He said the majority of students got what they wanted and the small group which did sit the Honours Maths and Science subjects were delighted with their achievements.

Mr Harding paid congratulations to the students, parents and teachers for all their hard work and patience over the past 12 months. He believes that the “vast majority” will go on to third level education. He said many take the PLC option for a year and he noted applications are still open for places in Drumkeerin. Mr Harding wishes his students well for the future, he said the Leaving Cert is “just one milestone” and “ lot more will happen in your lives” he advised Leaving Cert students to “think carefully about the next couple of steps.”

45 students sat their Leaving Certificate exams in Carrigallen Vocational School. Declan Conboy, Principal congratulated the students on the excellent results achieved in this year’s State Examinations. Mr Conboy went on to state that, “We are delighted with the fantastic results received by our students in Carrigallen Vocational School. The Leaving Certificate Class of 2015 really worked very hard and they were rewarded with the results they achieved in this year’s state examinations, all of our students are confident they will get their first choices on their College applications”. Grades achieved in Carrigallen Vocational School were well above the national averages in nearly all subjects.

Mr. Conboy also said, “We will always hear about the highest achievers and this is reflected when the National Papers produce League tables. They do not reflect the cohort of students attending various second level schools. As a result I am delighted with how students who might be perceived as being weaker excelled in the Leaving Certificate, this is a great credit to the students, their parents and the whole school staff. It reflects the ethos of the education programme provided in Carrigallen Vocational School.” He wished the students the bes tof the future and thanekd the dedicated staff of the school as well as the support of parents.

There were three students close to 600 points in Ballinamore Community School this year. Headmaster Padraig Leyden said the 59 students were pleased with their results and he complimented the students on their good grades. He said it was a “busy and nervous time for students” who have yet to find out their CAO offer until Monday - and then they have to look for accommodation.”

Mr Leyden said almost 40% of Ballinamore students sat the Honours Maths papers and he said the “grades are well distributed.” 95-100% of students from Ballinamore Vocational school will go on to third level education according to Mr Leyden who said there is a “range of course to suit everyone.” He congratulated the students, parents and teachers for their hard work.

Drumshanbo Vocational School Principal, Martin Fallon said that the school was “very pleased with the results obtained by our Leaving Cert Class of 2015.

“There were some exceptional achievements this year and most got grades that were a fair reflection of the work done,” he said.

“We are particularly pleased that everybody passed Maths, given the reports that the papers were so difficult. A large proportion of the class this year intend to defer places at Third Level for a year and opt to do the PLC Commercial IT course at our school.

“Whatever they decide to do, we wish them all the best and hope that they have fond memories of DVS. Congratulations to all of our graduates, to their parents/guardians and to their teachers.”

Una Duffy, Principal of Mohill Community College also expressed delight with the results achieved by students in this year’s Leaving Certificate.

“Congratulations to each of our students and to our team of excellent teachers.

“We wish our students success in the offer of college places this week and in their future studies.”

Excellent resuls were also the order of the day at St Clare’s Comprehensive , Manorhamilton where 100% of students attained five passes or more in this year’s Leaving Certificate.

“Our students have done very well again this year and I would like to congratulate them and their teachers,” pointed out Principal, John Irwin.

He acknowledged that some students had been worried over the summer about the O Level maths results but added that “they all did very well and those students on the higher maths paper also did very well.”

This success was also seen overall with a “fair few students achieving well over 500 points and of these a fair few achieved nearly 600 points.”

“Overall the higher level students did very well but also our ordinary level students achieved excellent results,” he said.

Carrick-on-Shannon Community School Principal Adrian Jackson said “We’re delighted with the results, we had excellent results not only in the Leaving Cert but in the Leaving Cert Applied.

“We haven’t had the LCA programme for a number of years and we’re delighted that they, and all our Leaving Cert students, did so well. We’re just getting to the point of analysing the results but from speaking with the students, most of them achieved the goals they set for themselves.

“The focus this morning from students was more on whether they would get the course they wanted rather than the points tally. We don’t ever comment on points tally because someone who obtains 200 points may have worked harder and achieved their potential more than someone who might have gotten 500 points.

“There is huge pressure on students with the exams and in many ways, some appeared more nervous today collecting their results than when they were doing their exams. But I suppose they are nervous because they know how hard they worked and they want their results to reflect that effort.

“One issue is the support they get from home and that adds to the pressure when it comes to collecting results. About 90% of students still come to the school to collect their results in person and when we opened the doors at 9 am, there was a queue outside the office. It is lovely to see our students 
and we are only too delighted to help them in any way we can.

“It takes a bit of while for our results to go out, we had 84 Leaving Cert students and 11 Leaving Cert Applied students but the atmosphere 
was very good and very positive.

“That is not to say that there are not one or two disappointed on the day, students can set themselves a high target but I would like to remind everyone that 
there are so many options out there, take your time considering what you are going 
to do.”