SECONDARY school pupils across Laois were celebrating last week after the Leaving Cert results revealed that many young people have achieved their desired grades across all subjects.
At St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise, around a third of the 77 students scored over 400 points, with a top score of 605 secured by Ben Hogan of Portlaoise. 575 was achieved by Alayobi Elbasheer, Portlaoise, while Craig McCarthy, Portlaoise, scored 570.
Across the way at Scoil Chriost Rí, a number of the girls scored over 600 points, with top marks going to Angelica Too. A majority of the 89 pupils are expected to go on to third level education and principal, Ms Helen O’Donnell said there had been lots of As and Bs, with particular success stories in Irish, English and maths.
Mountmellick Community School had 106 students sitting their Leaving Cert, and new principal Larry Curtin revealed there were a significant number scoring in the region of 500 plus, ten percent overall.
A total of 147 students sat the Leaving Cert in Coláiste Íosagáin, and principal Seamus Bennett delightedly reported that over 15 students got more than 500 points. He did not want to reveal the name of the top scoring student, a girl who got 585 points and hopes to do dentistry.
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.
At Portlaoise College, student Mark Geoghan was among the small minority of students nationwide to secure 510 plus points in this year’s State exams. School principal Noel Daly said he was absolutely delighted with the overall results and the students worked very hard with most of them seeing the fruits of their labour on results day.
121 Leaving Certificate students received their results at Heywood Community School. Many students scored well over 500 points with all students surpassing expectations and achieving sufficient results to secure places in their chosen third level courses.
There were celebrations in Roscrea when Coláiste Phobal student Janet Lewis received six A1s including an A1 in Honours Maths to achieve the maximum points total of 625 points.
And six adult learners passed their Leaving Cert English at the Adult Education Centre in Portlaoise.