OF the 121 pupils who sat the Leaving Cert at Mountrath Community School, the vast majority have achieved their desired grades and many will be going on to third level education.
Principal, Mr Martin Gleeson said this year’s results were excellent for the school and most students have been extremely pleased. He revealed that a number of the students achieved full points, although he added that there was “a little bit of a grey area” around what exactly full points is as there are an extra 25 marks for maths.
Top marks in the school went to Aisling Stack, from Portarlington, who got an impressive nine As. Mr Gleeson revealed that Aisling, well known locally for her achievements in cross country athletics, intends to go on to study pharmacy at UCC.
Next highest was Eimear McCrochan, Portlaoise, who got seven A1s. Anna Bennett, Portlaoise, got six As, as did Laura Marie Maher, Mountrath, who is a member of the Laois ladies football team.
Top among the boys was Liam Dunne of Portlaoise, who got six As. There were also a number of students who achieved five As, while many more scored between 300 and 400.
However, despite so many high scores, Mr Gleeson cautioned against putting too much stock in the points system.
“There are students with 300 points who have more than enough for what they want, that should not be demeaned,” he said.
Mr Gleeson concluded: “This is a huge achievement for the school and it’s a credit to the students, their families and the teachers.”