Class of 2020 make grade!


Leaving Certificate students across Co. Roscommon made history when they logged on to receive their calculated grades on Monday morning – and while there had been some trepidation regarding the process, the general consensus is that most were happy with the final outcome.

Roscommon Community College principal, Georgina Keena, said students had to adapt to the new regulations.

“It was a very, very strange day I have to say. Normally there is a routine where we pick up the results and the students will come in and meet with me to discuss whether those results will be enough for their CAO choices. This year the results are one thing but trying to gauge the CAO points is another”.

Ms. Keena said the school had been well prepared for the calculated grading system, expressing gratitude to the hard work of teachers and students alike.

“In retrospect, we were well prepared for going online. The students had full access to the Microsoft Office suite which our teachers had been using for years. There was a robust system in place and we knew that the students had been working very hard and were well looked after. We felt that our teachers had the measure of our students and so there wasn’t that void that there may have been in other places” she said.

Convent of Mercy Principal, Miriam Hunt, was also thrilled with the excellent Leaving Cert results with 30% of the school’s students achieving in excess of 500 points, including a number of exceptional individual results.

“Students accessed their results online at 9 am on Monday morning via the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades Portal and must wait until Friday at 2 pm to receive their college offer. It is a very anxious time for all concerned and I am eager to see the exact detail of the standardisation process applied by the Department of Education.

“I want to congratulate the girls on their results after what was the most difficult year for them with school closure, remote learning, all the uncertainty around orals and practical exams and then the final decision to cancel the exams. They were a superb group of girls and I wish them the very best for the future,” she said.

Mrs. Hunt also expressed her gratitude to Deputy Principal, Ms. Sinead Tiernan, and all the hard-working teachers and staff at the Convent of Mercy.

There was no spokesperson available to comment on behalf of Roscommon Community College when we phoned on Wednesday. More reaction from local schools in our next issue.

Students now await CAO offers which will be issued at 2 pm on Friday.