A Leaving Cert like no other

The results from a Leaving Certificate like no other were made available to anxious students on Monday morning and in the main students did very well with grades on average 4.4% higher than last year. COVID-19 threw up many challenges for students across the land as they were unable to sit their exams as normal and this led to a new calculated grades process which is an estimated percentage mark provided by the pupil’s school.
Dundalk principals are cautiously optimistic about “very good” Leaving Certificate results achieved by local students.
According to De La Salle Secondary School Principal Patricia O’Leary the results are “great” but the CAO points are also very important.
“Our students did very well. We had a number of students who achieved 600 points. I hope that the results bring our students where they want to go,” she said.
“They are a great bunch of students and I wish them every success for the future.”
St Louis Secondary School Acting Principal Michelle Dolan said: “From my point of view the results are very good and fair and reflect the hard work of students and teachers.”
Grammar School headmaster Jonathan Graham wished his now former pupils every success in tehyears ahead.
“We are absolutely delighted with our class of 2020 and their Leaving Certificate results. It has been quite a journey for them. We wish them every success as they start this new chapter in their lives,” he stated.
Around 60,000 students in the Leaving Certificate class of 2020 received results with grades higher than any other year on record.
The results of this year’s calculated grades process became available to students online on Monday last.
The Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon tweeted a message to the class of 2020.
“I hope you get what you wish for, however if not, remember there are still plenty of opportunities out there,” he said.
This year’s calculated grades process has produced grades that are, on average, 4.4% higher than those of last year, according to aggregate data published by the Department of Education.
Across Higher Level papers, the proportion of H1 grades awarded is up by 3% compared to last year, from 5.9% of the total to 8.9%.
At Ordinary Level, the number of O1 and O2 grades awarded has increased by 3.5%. CAO offers are due to be released this Friday while an appeals process opens next Monday (14th) where all students will be able to access their schools estimated mark.

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