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The long summer of waiting ends for thousands of students

Monday, 20th August, 2018 6:00pm
The long summer of waiting ends for thousands of students

Students from The Institute of Education celebrate their Leaving Certificate 2018 exam results.

The long summer of waiting ends for thousands of students

Students from The Institute of Education celebrate their Leaving Certificate 2018 exam results.

SEVERAL Southside students received eight H1 grades in the Leaving Certificate results released last week.

A total of 7,490 students were awarded at least one H1 - a mark of between 90 and 100 per cent - while seven celebrated eight H1s.

Andres Clarke from Oatlands College in Mount Merrion, was one of the seven while the others were in Coláiste Pádraig CBS in Lucan, Christian Brothers College in Dún Laoghaire, St Andrew’s College in Blackrock, Christian Brothers College in Sidney Hill, Cork, Midleton College in Cork, and Yeats College Galway.

Over 57,000 students received their Leaving Certificate results this year. According to the State Examinations Commission, the number of people who sat the exam this year is slightly down on 2017.

Of the 57,149 students who sat the Leaving Certificate this year some 54,440 sat the Established Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Vocational Programme and 2,709 sat the Leaving Cert Applied Programme.

The 15 subjects with the highest participation rates are unchanged from last year, but with a slight change in the order, due to the increased popularity of Home Economics and German. The list remains topped by Mathematics, English and Irish.

The commission revealed that last year, eight students achieved the same grade in the same number of subjects. 

The old A1 is now equivalent to a Grade 1, a B1 now corresponds to a Grade 3 while a C1 is equivalent to a Grade 6.

As with last year, no student managed the tricky feat of achieving a Grade 1 in nine Higher Level subjects.

While seven students clocked up eight Grade 1s each, an impressive 53 pupils notched up seven Higher Level Grade 1s each.

Some 189 students achieved six maximum results, with 448 reaching at least five Grade 1s.

There were 915 students who notched up four Grade 1s, and at least three Grade 1s were awarded to 1,713 students.

This puts the record of high achievers broadly in line with last year’s when 1,645 achieved at least three maximum results

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, together with Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and Minister of State John Halligan congratulated the 57,149 students who received their Leaving Certificate examination results for 2018.

Minister Bruton said: “I would like to send my warm congratulations to the class of 2018 as they receive their Leaving Certificate examination results today.

“Today is the culmination of years of hard work and you should all be so proud of the work you have put in and what you have achieved.

“The Leaving Certificate is not only an important milestone in your lives, but is also an important moment in the lives of those who have supported you along the way – your teachers, parents and friends.

“I would also like to acknowledge and pay tribute to their assistance and dedication.”

Minister Bruton said this was the first year where the new Leaving Certificate subject of Politics and Society was examined.

Two further new Leaving Certificate subjects, Computer Science and Physical Education, will also be introduced to schools on a phased basis from September 2018.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor added: “The Leaving Certificate is of course associated with young people completing a vital phase of their lives.

“With my previous experience as a teacher and school principal I fully appreciate the tremendous dedication and courage all students have shown in completing their Leaving Certificate.

A Leaving Certificate Exam Helpline, run by the National Parents Council post primary, will provide advice to students and their parents at 1800265165 until August 22.

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