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Leaving cert joy in Enniscorthy

Students delighted as exceptional results are recorded locally


Caoimhe Kehoe and Aoibhe Lewis, both from Bree, collecting their results at Colaiste Bride

Caoimhe Kehoe and Aoibhe Lewis, both from Bree, collecting their results at Colaiste Bride

Caoimhe Kehoe and Aoibhe Lewis, both from Bree, collecting their results at Colaiste Bride

The long wait for this year's Leaving Certificate results finally came to an end for pupils in Enniscorthy yesterday when they received their results in the most unusual of circumstances.

Having been forced out of school because of the pandemic lockdown and the uncertainty surrounding this year's Leaving Certificate exams it was a case of welcome relief for students whose results were accessible online from early yesterday morning.

Principal of St Mary's CBS Secondary School, John Ryan, said he was generally happy with the way things were done.

He said that in general the standardised grades set out by the Department of Education were in line with the calculated grades.

'I think in general they were fair and I think they were quite reflective of the teachers and the calculated grades,' said Mr Ryan.

'I think the pupils should be relatively happy with the standardised grades which seems to be fair,' he added.

Mr Ryan said that in some cases the results were upgraded and also in some cases they were downgraded but added: 'I think the department's standardisation has not interfered with it that much.

Mr Ryan said the school recorded results 'across the whole gradient' and that everyone's attention will now be turning towards the CAO college place offers which will be announced on Friday.

'That will be a very big day and we also have students hoping to do apprenticeships,' said Mr Ryan.

One student who spoke to this newspaper about her results was Caoimhe Kirwan, from Bree.

A student at Coláiste Bríde, and having achieved a remarkable 625 points, she said she was delighted with what the got.

'I am delighted with my results, especially since we haven't been in school since March,' said Caoimhe, who hopes to study pharmacy in Trinity College.

'I did better than expected so that's good,' she said.

Admitting to having some trepidation ahead of getting the results, especially with the unsatisfactory situation in the UK with regard to school leavers, she said in the end it worked out well.

Caoimhe also said her friends were also delighted with how it went.

She also praised the teachers she had during her time in the school: 'I had really great teachers and I owe them a lot.'

Caoimhe also acknowledged the support she and her fellow students received from the school during lockdown and paid tribute to Principal, Kiera O'Sullivan, for her support.

Ms O'Sullivan said the results in the school seemed to leave the students very happy.

'It was a strange day but a nice one,' she said.

'The majority of the students opted to wait until they came in at their allocated time to collect their results,' she added.

'I suppose it was one of the few ways they could claw back some semblance of normality and be traditional to the years that went before them.'

Ms O'Sullivan said the focus of attention for the students now will be on Friday and the CAO college places.

'We have no idea if there will be extra college places or even what the points will be but hopefully they will get what they want,' she said.

With everything they went through this year they will have earned it.

Enniscorthy Guardian