SECONDARY school pupils across the county are celebrating this week after the Leaving Cert results revealed that many young people have achieved the grades they desired.
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 a majority of the 89 pupils expected to go on to third level education.
Principal, Ms Helen O’Donnell said there had been lots of As and Bs, with particular success stories in Irish, English and maths. She also said that there were very good results in the business and science subjects.
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.
And six adult learners passed their Leaving Cert English at the Adult Education Centre in Portlaoise.