Principals congratulate the 61,500 students receiving Leaving Cert results today
- Comment from Paul Crone, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD): “The Leaving Cert class of 2021 has shown great resilience and reserve over the past two years culminating with the results of their hard work today. It marks a very special moment in their young lives.”
The Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), Paul Crone, has offered his congratulations to Leaving Certificate students receiving their exam results today and has wished them well as they embark on further and higher education or enter the world of work.
Mr Crone said: “The Leaving Cert class of 2021 have successfully navigated a uniquely challenging 18 months of learning, due to the pandemic. In addition to adapting to the demands of remote learning, our senior cycle students have had to forgo many of the traditional rights-of-passage that make our school years so memorable.
“Therefore, on behalf of Irish principals, deputy principals, and the NAPD, I would like to congratulate all those students receiving their Leaving Certificate results today. Today’s results represent the culmination of two years of hard work, dedication and resilience from our students and the wider school community. Their achievements should be celebrated, and the support of their families recognised.
“This year’s Leaving Certificate grading was undertaken via an ‘accredited grading’ system, coupled with the option of sitting a traditional written Leaving Certificate examination. In doing so, the assessment process offered students the best of both worlds, and this is something we hope to build on going forward, as we turn our attention to senior cycle reform.
“Finally, for those students who have been fortunate enough to match or exceed their expectations, today is a happy and very affirming conclusion to their second-level schooling and a launchpad to further and higher education or other career opportunities.
“For others who may be disappointed, I would encourage them to remain positive. Thankfully, there are more pathways than ever before into further and higher education and their chosen career paths beyond. By extension, today’s employers are becoming increasingly open to sourcing talent from non-traditional disciplines and this development should be welcomed.
“As our students seek to celebrate this important milestone in their young lives tonight and this weekend, I encourage all to remain safe and to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines”
For media queries:
Barry Murphy / firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 266 9878
Macdara Ó’Móráin / email@example.com / 086 087 3387