Mountmellick Community School had 106 students sitting their Leaving Cert, and new principal Larry Curtin is delighted at their high results.
“We had a significant number scoring in the region of 500 plus, ten percent overall. We are thrilled. It is a reflection on their ability and application, and the support they received from home and from teachers and SNAs,” he said.
Student Edward Coughlin from Ballyfin was thrilled to pass all his six subjects, despite extra challenges including cerebral palsy.
His tearfully proud mum Helen praised the school for their support.
“The school has been fantastic for someone with his challenges, Just to sit the exam was an achievement, he got great resource help all along since Ballyfin NS, it is terrible to see cuts coming,” she said.
Edward will continue his education at the National Learning Network, Portlaoise.
“I want to thank my mother for helping me study all the time,” he said.
The highest scoring student was Senipe Oni, who got 585 points. Her results were posted home to await her return from holiday.
Highest scoring boys, both with 540 points, were Adam Ward from Portlaoise and Eibhin Joyce from Portarlington.
A shaking Emer Ging from Irishtown, Mountmellick opened her results to discover three A1s in sciences, immediately ringing her mum Laurenta to pass on the good news.
“I can’t believe it,” she said.
Her best friend Lauren McCann from the Borness was fairly happy with her points too. Bothhope to study biological science in UCD, travelling daily from home.
Mountmellick CS has taken a drop in numbers in recent years, but Principal Curtin sees better time ahead.
“This is a progressive school, we are looking to improve. The academic results speak for themselves. All i can do is to build on that success and go forward. We had parents in as late as this week enrolling first years, so the numbers are constantly building, onwards and upwards!” he said.