A hard-working class who did very well, is how the principal of Coláiste Íosagáin describes his school's Leaving Cert class of 2015.
More than 150 pupils sat the Leaving Cert or Leaving Cert Applied in Portarlington.
“They got on very well. They were a good leaving cert class and they worked hard,” said Principal Seamus Bennett.
“You will always have the high flyers but if you take the general body they all got good Leaving Certs - good enough to get to college and get the course that they want.”
Mr Bennett praised those who had done very well but congratulated students who overcame previous setbacks such as those who had to repeat their Leaving Cert.
“It is great to show that commitment and a sign of maturity,” he said.
He also praised students who have taken the Leaving Cert Applied (LCA) course and who, perhaps, have a clearer career path .
“Time and time again we see it. They are very clear about what they want to do. It might well be an apprenticeship. The LCA gears to the world of work. It is very practical ,” he said.
Despite the headlines, the principal was happy with the results in Maths with ‘no shocks reported.
He noted good results in subjects with a practical element such as home economics, metalwork, woodwork and sciences.
“They have fared well this year. I think that may be a nationwide trend. In subjects with a project practical the grades are better,” he said.
He felt this may be due to students having to put in the work as part of the school year and also because the Department of Education is trying to emphasise that practical work and projects.
Mr Bennett also pointed to the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme as means for students to gather points.