Friday 20 April 2018

Search on for student who achieved nine higher level A1s in Leaving Certificate

Who has taken the crown from last year's top scorer Conor Gallagher?

Last year's top student, St Michael's College student Conor Gallagher, from Ballsbridge, Dublin, with his leaving certificate results of nine higher level A1s
Last year's top student, St Michael's College student Conor Gallagher, from Ballsbridge, Dublin, with his leaving certificate results of nine higher level A1s

Brian Hutton

Only one student achieved nine higher level A1s in this year's Leaving Certificate.

The pupil will take the crown as Ireland's top-scoring school leaver from Conor Gallagher, from Ballsbridge, in Dublin, who achieved the same feat last year.

As tens of thousands of students anxiously await their results, it has emerged ordinary level maths grades are in line with previous years despite fury over the tests this summer.

Students, teachers and parents vented their near universal upset at the paper in June, in one of the major talking points of the exams.

But official figures show 5.5pc of students taking ordinary maths got an A grade.

That's down just slightly on the 6.8pc who got top marks in the paper last year, but up marginally on the 2013 figures.

Overall, the numbers who achieved A, B or C grades in ordinary maths is up significantly on previous years, while the proportion who received a D grade is down.

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Other trends from this year's Leaving Certificate results include a growing number of students taking on physics and applied maths.

Some 5,764 pupils sat the honours physics paper this year, up nearly 1,000 since 2013.

There was also an increase in those sitting ordinary level physics, with top grades at both levels, as well as an increase in the numbers studying chemistry.

In applied maths, there has been a significant rise in students taking on both ordinary and higher level exams.

Almost 58,000 pupils are to receive their Leaving Certificate results today.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) said the results obtained in most subjects are "broadly in line" with those of previous years.

Teachers have urged students not to be upset if they did not get the results they expected.

Gerry Quinn, president of the Teachers Union of Ireland, said pupils should be congratulated on their achievements at a time when the education system has been damaged by cutbacks.

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"They should keep things in perspective and remember that these exams will not define their lives," he added.

"There will be other opportunities to pursue their desired course if they did not secure the results that they hoped for today."

Children's charity ISPCC urged those feeling anxious or fearful about the future to talk to family and friends and remember they have lots of options.

Margie Roe, National Childline Manager, said: "For some young people, Leaving Cert results can leave them feeling sad, worried and anxious about the weeks, months and years to come.

"It is important to remember that there are lots of options out there but it is also important to take time to deal with what can be a stressful and upsetting time for leaving cert students."

Road safety chiefs urged celebrating students to make sure they get home safely.

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority said: "You have your whole life ahead of you so be smart, make the right choice and get home safely tonight."

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