Longford’s nine secondary schools have each expressed their delight at this morning’s (Wednesday, August 15) Leaving Certificate examination results. This year’s most topical subject was higher level maths as it earned students 25 CAO bonus points for a grade D3 or better in higher level.
Des Cullen, principal at Moyne Community School, said there had been a “huge increase” in those taking maths at this level.
“Over quarter of our students did the honours maths and of those, half got an A or B. That’s a great result at higher level,” he said.
He added: “Our highest points was 590 so far this morning. There have been a lot of A1s and A2s in all subjects. Overall we’re very happy with the effort the students have made.”
Templemichael College, Longford, were also jubilant. Sorcha Nic Dhonnacha (principal) told the Leader: “A lot of them now have the points they need to move ahead into other courses. We had a repeat Leaving Certificate maths class and many of them got the results they needed to do subjects such as engineering.”
Paul Costello, principal at Mean Scoil Mhuire, Longford, was “delighted” with the performance of the school’s ladies.
“They started arriving here at 8.30am and so far everyone has been very happy. About 10 percent of the students had above 500 points, and yes as you can imagine there were tears of joy,” he said.
In Ballymahon Vocational School, Teresa Victory (principal) told the Leader that the results had gone very well.
“Every child did their best. We had one who got over 600 points, which was exceptional. But it is a big day for all of them. There’s so much pressure on them these days to get places (at college),” she said.
In the north Longford town of Granard, Moira Mahon, principal at Cnoc Mhuire Granard, said there was “great excitement” in the halls of her school.
“They’ve been coming in since 9am this morning and they are very happy so far. The student that did the work has done very well. The Leaving Certificate rewards hard work.”
Meanwhile in Lanesboro Community College, principal Jimmy Flanagan pointed out that success is determined by the expectations of the individual student.
“There are people getting 200 points and they are delighted. Then there are others getting 400 points and they are unhappy. It depends on the ambitions they have. Overall though, they all did very well and we are delighted for them,” he said.
He added: “The 25 extra points with honours maths has made a serious difference. About one-third of our Leaving Certificate students took honours maths and next year, I would expect a lot more to do it.”
Damian Cunningham, principal at St. Mel’s College, Longford, said: “The students performed excellently. There were a lot over 500 points, and one over 600 points too. The majority got what they expected and the parents are really happy too.”
Speaking about the bonus points in honours maths, his deputy principal Bill O’Meara said: “A lot were pleased with the bonus points and it has certainly helped students going forward for college.”Ardscoil Phadraig principal Garret Brookley described the atmosphere as “ecstatic”. For him, the subject of Irish was most significant.
“There were excellent marks in the oral Irish, and our work in this area has really paid off,” he said. “We had 20 students sitting the Leaving Certificate this year and they were a very successful class – today they are a very happy one too.”