15 Aug 2018

Karl penned the article below for the Kildare Post. It may be helpful to you.

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out’ {John Wooden}

Firstly, congratulations to all who have achieved what they desired and commiserations to those students who fell short or are disappointed by not fulfilling their potential.  Round one CAO offers will be available online from 6am on 20th August.  Log in via ‘My Application’ facility.

Parents, the arrival of the results can be a highly charged event for you, your son or daughter.  Hence the need for a calm head in the house is required; if things haven’t turned out as planned take valuable ‘think time’.  Give your son or daughter time to deal with their own disappointment.  At first, it’s bound to be upsetting, – and rushing in with ‘Well what are you going to do now?’ would not be advisable!

There is an old saying ‘smooth seas don’t make skilful sailors’. In my experience of working with students ‘things’ have a way of working out, primarily if you add in the vital ingredient of ‘perseverance’. ’We don’t always get in life what we want or even deserve.  A common question, I often ask at interviews is, ‘have you ever had to deal with adversity in your life’?  For disappointed students, this present difficulty could form the basis of an excellent answer in years to come, depending of course on how they deal with their present disappointment    Below are a few positive options to consider:

  • Applying for a re-check
    Repeating the Leaving Cert
    Accepting an alternative CAO course offered
    Looking at vacant CAO places
    PLC Course
    Independent Third Level Colleges
    UK alternatives
    Direct employment

Recheck of Examination Scripts and Appeals Process

Students, when you receive your results, your school will also have a personalised application form provided by the State Examinations Commission which will show your examination details including your subjects.  If you decide you would like to view a script you must complete this form.   Submit the completed form to your school by 21nd August.

The viewing sessions will take place in your school over the 31st of August and 1st September. It is not possible to arrange viewing of scripts on any other date. You can only view your scripts from the written examinations – not the results of oral examinations or marks for practical examinations.  You are allowed bring one person to view the script with you. It might be advisable to ask a teacher to view your script as they should have the most helpful perspective on whether to appeal or not.

Appeal fee is €40.00 per subject in the case of the Leaving Cert and €15.50 in the case of Leaving Cert Applied.  The fee will be refunded if your result is upgraded. Appeal applications must be with the SEC no later than 3rd September 2017. For more information on this process log on to

Finally, as an experienced Guidance Counsellor, and learning from other students misguided choices, I would strongly advise students not to settle for something that they really do not want.  If you are considering repeating your Leaving Cert or require private guidance counselling, you can contact me on 045 487 811 or 087 637 9590.

Karl Hegarty, Principal, Leinster Senior College, Newbridge – offering full time 5th, 6th and Repeat Leaving Cert.

Leaving Cert Results – Don’t Panic ! - Leinster Senior College