Principals and teachers across Galway City and County have expressed their satisfaction at the high results achieved by Galway students in the 2012 Leaving Certificate examinations.
Just over 3,000 students sat the exam in Galway this year and with demand for college places having increased, particularly in areas such as science, information technology and agriculture, higher points are set to be required for many CAO courses.
At Coláiste na Coiribe, five students achieved six A-grades or more at Higher Level, and there were particularly high results in Irish, Maths, Business, Biology and Technology.
“We are all proud of the excellent achievements of the 2012 Leaving Certificate class and wish them well in the future,” commented Stiofán Ó Cualáin, Acting Principal at the all-Irish school.
Private school Yeats College recorded impressive results again this year, with 43 per cent of students recording over 500 points, and six students scoring 600 points or more.
Sitting his Leaving Certificate for the first time, Yeats College student James Hurley from Presentation Road achieved the maximum of 625 points.
Yeats College Principal Terry Fahy said that these outstanding results were well deserved and a reflection of the commitment and diligence of the students over the course of the past two years.
“I would like to wish all students well on their transition to the next stage in their lives. The results were truly phenomenal,” said Mr Fahy.
Mr Ciaran Doyle, Principal at St Joseph’s Patrician College, ‘The Bish’, said he was delighted by the overall results achieved by students of the Nun’s Island secondary school.
“The students performed excellently, and we are particularly proud of the three students who got over 600 points each,” said Mr Doyle
Students at Calasanctius College, Oranmore, also scored highly in the state exam, with one student, Sabrina Sheridan, achieving seven A1s. Sabrina was congratulated on her results by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, who visited the Oranmore school on Wednesday.
Minister Quinn also paid tribute to the efforts of parents and teachers as well as offering his congratulations to the 55,815 students across the country who sat the exams.
“You deserve to celebrate your achievements and to look forward to the next chapter in your lives,” said the Minister.
Calasanctius College’s Deputy Principal, Cora Ní Loinsigh, said staff and students were delighted with the results achieved, with “quite a number of students” achieving in excess of 500 points.
“The results were absolutely super overall. People seem to have got what they wanted, which is what it’s all about, isn’t it?” said Ms Ní Loinsigh.
Reacting to the news that failure rates had dropped in Higher Level Maths this year, Galway’s Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins said that government education policy was working well.
“It is really positive that the trend of high failure rates in Maths has been reversed this year. Similar improvements have been reported in Irish, with a considerable increase in the overall number of students taking the higher-level stream. This is directly related to the introduction of a new marking scheme that awards 40 per cent to the oral exam,” said Senator Higgins.