Monday 16 September 2019

Moment arrives for 1,971 students

By david looby

THE moment has arrived for 1,971 County Wexford Leaving Certificate students who pick up their results on Wednesday morning.

Of these 1,971 students, 1,861 sat the traditional Leaving Certificate exams while the remaining 110 completed the Leaving Certificate Applied. There was a relatively even split between male and female students with 944 females sitting the Leaving Certificate and 917 males. 44 females completed the Leaving Certificate Applied compared to 66 men.

Principal of St Mary's secondary school in New Ross, John Michael Porter urged pupils to keep a cool head on Wednesday.

Mr Porter said: 'The work is done now so I'd urge students to just be calm and keep relaxed. A lot is made about the results but the CAO offers come out next week so things might look a lot different then.'

Guidance counsellors will be on hand at many schools across the county, including St Mary's, and Mr Porter reminded pupils that there are so many pathways to careers today.

'Take advice and take time making your decisions and there are phonelines available for anyone. It's the start of the next phase of their lives and there is help there for everyone.'

The ISPCC has issued tips to help parents support young people who are receiving their results next week. They include focussing on their strengths, achievements and unique qualities and urging their children to explore other options. ISPCC Director of Services, Caroline O'Sullivan, said: 'Although there will be a lot of students who are happy with their results and looking forward to the next stepping stone in life, this week can be a challenging time for many families as some students may feel anxious waiting for their Leaving Cert results. Receiving disappointing exam results can be stressful and upsetting for both young people and their parents.'

Ms O'Sullivan said the best tip is to keep the communication lines open. 'Support your son or daughter through listening and talking and keep your own expectations in check. There can be a lot of pressure on young people to perform well in exams, but they should be reassured that there are other options and this is just one stepping stone in life, there are many others.'

The ISPCC Childline service is available around the clock on 1800 666 666 or visit Alternatively the National Parents Council (1800 265 165) provides advice and guidance for candidates and parents, staffed by professional guidance counsellors, for one week following the issue of the results.

Meanwhile Waterford Institute of Technology has announced that applications are being accepted for its Maths Entry Exam. This unique initiative is a 'second chance scheme' for students who have not achieved the required maths grade in the Leaving Certificate for their chosen course in WIT.

Students will be given another opportunity to matriculate to the Institute by sitting a Leaving Certificate equivalent paper at the end of August. The exam is available to candidates who have already applied for a course in WIT. The exam does not provide additional points so intending applicants must have already achieved the cut-off points for their programme of choice. The standard of the Maths paper will be equivalent to the Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level paper one and paper two. Costing €35, the exam will take place on Friday, August 26, in the Main Campus at WIT.

The exam is not applicable to students seeking places on WIT's nursing programmes due to restricted availability of places or for the BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering because of minimum professional qualifications. An application form and full details of the scheme including the revision course are available on

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