They have spent the summer trying to forget about them, but Wednesday 13 August was the day to find out what leaving cert results look like.
Almost 57,000 students sat their leaving certificate this year with a record number choosing higher papers in maths.
Many will opt to check their results online, with some going on holidays and calling the school for the results.
In Cobh, Glanmire, Midleton and Youghal there was a gradual trickle of students throughout the morning to pick up their results in person .
Nationally one student received nine A1 grades, 13 students received eight A1s while Fifty students received seven A1s.
27% of maths students took higher level papers for the third year in a row. Many attributing the increase to extra CAO points for a D grade or higher in honours papers and also the impact of project maths.
Principal of Carrignafoy Community College Frank Donovan told the Frontpagenews.ie those who didn’t perform as well as they hoped should not worry. “There are many alternatives out there. We would suggest PLC courses that have direct access to college courses in UCC and CIT. Take your time, think it out carefully. A day like today is about taking stock of what you have and taking plenty of time to think about it.”
Principal Pat McKelvey of Glanmire Community College said his school had “fantastic results this year up on last year. Students very early on focus on the points they need and are very discerning with those points when picking subjects”.
In Midleton Principal Simon Thompson of Midleton College stated he “was delighted and pleased for the members of the class of 2014. All the students came through the challenge of the leaving certificate with success. As a school we are proud of each and every one of them. Success is defined in different ways for different people. In Midleton College we set each student the challenge of high but attainable bars relative to their own abilities, not relative to the achievement of others.”
The National Parents’ Council in association with the Irish Independent, Eircom and supported by the Department of Education & Skills are providing a free phone number for both parents and students. Professional Guidance Counsellors will be available to give advice and support.
Helpline Phone Number: 1800 265 165