It was a jubilant setting at Lanesboro Community College last Wednesday (September 14) when 31 of the college’s students received their Junior Certificate examination results. Principal Jimmy Flanagan told the Longford Leader that the results were “above average”, particularly in subjects such as maths.
“All our maths teachers are fully qualified,” said the Principal in response to media reports that maths standards in schools are suffering at a national level due to the qualifications held by maths teachers. “The results reflect this and that applies to both Junior Cert and Leaving Cert results.”
Across all subjects, the staff at Lanesboro Community College expressed their delight with the students.
“The feeling from the staff here is that the results are excellent across the board,” said Principal Flanagan. “They are well above the national average results. Then again results always depend upon ability and expectations. You see some students with lower grades and they are more delighted than those with higher grades. We are very proud of them all.
“I would like to also compliment all the teachers on their great work.
In general the 2011 Junior Certificate Results are in line with last year’s trends. While the honours or ABC rate is up slightly, it is marginally down in Irish and unchanged in English. In County Longford 635 students sat their Junior Certificate examination in June of this year.
The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) has advised all students who received their Junior Certificate to stay on and complete their Leaving Certificate programme.
At Lanesboro Community College all 31 students who sat their Junior Certificate in June of this year are continuing their studies to Leaving Certificate level this year.
“In the present climate we want to keep the students in education for as long as possible,” said Principal Flanagan. “There’s nothing out there for them at the moment.”
Students have until 5pm on Friday September 30 to review their results. The fee for this service is €32 per subject, which will be refunded in the event a result is upgraded.