A top score of 600 points ensured that Mountrath Community School was the scene of some jubilation last Wednesday, when local students dropped in to collect their hard-earned Leaving Cert results.
“It went exceedingly well, we were thrilled, and the vast majority of students got what they needed,” enthused school principal, Mr Martin Gleeson. “Ten to 12 students got over 540 and there were a number knocking on 600.”
There were 120 students sitting their exams in the Mountrath school this year, and Mr Gleeson revealed that there were great results across the full range of subjects. While one student achieved a whopping 600 points, a further two students were just behind this with 590.
“One guy needed 510 and he got 595, almost 90 points to spare,” said the principal.
Remarking that most students seemed very pleased across the board, Mr Gleeson said that even the lesser academically oriented students all got their Leaving Certs with even the weaker performers still coming out with mostly Cs and Ds. “It was a great standard,” he said.
He revealed that all the top students this year seemed to be heading in the direction of medicine and pharmacy, with two or three students opting for biomedical science, which is a relatively new choice subject over the last few years. Many of the students will now be going on to take up third level education.
The fine results reflect well on the dedication and hard work of the staff, as well as the students.
“The staff can’t believe it,” said Mr Gleeson, adding with a chuckle: “One teacher had a girl who she was giving out to all year and she still got Cs and Ds.
“We have a dedicated staff here, and it does pay off,” he concluded.
The results were given out in the school last Wednesday morning, with all students getting time to reflect on their results and discuss their options after getting their marks.
Yesterday (Monday) was another big day for the students, they found out their CAO choices and ultimately decided on where they will be going next.