There were strong results across the board and the majority of students were offered their first choice in the CAO offers on Monday
CEO of the VEC, Dr Pádraig Kirk said, “all of our students, both school and adult learners, put in a sterling performance in June last which has shown in their results. The vast majority of students have been offered their first choice of third-level course which is a fitting reward for all of their hard work. I congratulate each and every student, including all of our teachers for their hard work and commitment to their students”.
John Halpin, Principal of St. Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda, said, “our Leaving Certificate results were excellent, best ever this year. We had an outstanding set of students who achieved over 500 points. Our Science, Business and International Language subjects saw some of the best results ever. The bonus points for Maths were welcome, they enhanced some scores and will probably continue to have a positive impact on future Leaving Certificate results”.
Teresa McKevitt, Principal of Bush Post-primary School, said, “I am delighted with this year’s Leaving Certificate results. It is wonderful to see the huge number of students who sat honours Maths benefiting so obviously from the extra points. Thankfully, the majority of our students have been offered their first choice for college placement. I am delighted that we have the highest number ever doing primary teaching and I am particularly pleased that one of our best students will be studying Medicine in Trinity College, Dublin”.
Padraig McGovern, Principal of O’Fiaich College in Dundalk, said, “I am exceptionally pleased with our Leaving Certificate results this year. We have had our greatest success in a number of years; a large majority of students achieved an optimum result, while an even larger number achieved their desired place in higher education. We were blessed with a group of students who achieved exceptionally good grades”.
Fiona Kindlon, Principal of Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer, said, “A total of 97 students sat their Leaving Certificate in Scoil Uí Mhuirí this year and we are all delighted with their excellent set of results. A number of our students achieved well over 500 points. We were delighted also with our LCA results. Exceptional grades were achieved in a range of subjects including Maths, English, Science and the Arts. Many of our students will be availing of their first choice on their CAO application. I would like to congratulate our students and staff for the hard work they put in during the year”.
Sadie-Ward McDermott, Co. Louth VEC Adult Education Officer, said, “2012 was yet another extremely successful year for adult education across the VEC. Nearly 100 adult learners sat the Leaving Certificate in a range of subjects including English, Maths, Irish, History, Business Studies, Accounting and Art. All students had been studying since last September with little or no prior knowledge of some of these subjects. All students far surpassed their own expectations with many attaining exceptional grades and attaining places in third-level colleges such as NUI Maynooth, DCU, St. Patricks College, TCD, DKIT, as well as O’Fiaich College of Further Education and DIFE. These students have demonstrated that you are never too old to return to education, regardless of your previous level of education”.
Sadie continued, “students in both Dundalk and Drogheda Youthreach Centres have done exceptionally well in this year’s Leaving Certificate. Youthreach, which is a special imitative for young people, gives students a second-chance to work towards attaining certification, whether that be in state examinations or FETAC assessment. This year a significant number of learners will progress to study in the county’s two further education colleges. Credit is due to the outstanding support, tuition and practical guidance provided by the teaching staff of our Youthreach Centres”.
Co. Louth VEC point out that its staff are always available to advise and assist those persons wishing to return to education. If you, or a member of your family, is considering returning to education don’t delay any longer, contact Co. Louth VEC on 042 9334047 (Dundalk) or 041 9830870 (Drogheda).