Results day for Leaving Cert 2020

Students commended for their resilience
  • Deborah Condon

The wellbeing of over 60,000 students who are receiving their Leaving Cert results today is being supported through a number of measures, the Department of Education has said.

Schools closed in Ireland on March 12 and despite initial plans to still go ahead with the Leaving Cert at a later date in the summer, it was then announced that the Leaving Cert class of 2020 would receive their results based on a calculated grades process.

"The creation of the calculated grades system came about to ensure there would be a mechanism to enable the class of 2020 to progress to work or further and higher education on completion of your second level school experience.

"This is a very different day from what we had anticipated for you, and from what you had planned and dreamed for yourselves. I do appreciate what an especially difficult time you have had over the past six months, and I want to commend you for the patience, courage and resilience you have shown in that time," commented the Minister for Education, Norma Foley.

A total of 60,419 students were due to sit the 2020 Leaving Cert. The department said that the wellbeing of these students will be supported through a number of measures:

-The Leaving Certificate student helpline, which is provided by the National Parents Council post-primary, is available from 11am on September 7. Call 1800 265 165. This helpline will operate until September 16 and is staffed by qualified guidance counsellors. Further details can be found at

-HSE/HSE-funded service providers will be available to support students through the provision of e-mental health services. See

-Wellbeing resources developed by the National Educational Psychological Service are available at

-Students with queries about the calculated grades process can contact the CGEO Student Helpline on1800 111 135 or 1800 111 136, from 9am to 4pm, September 7-16. Outside of these hours, queries may be e-mailed to

"This has been a challenging time for students, their families and school communities. However, I do believe what has been created is the fairest possible solution given the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves as we journey together through the Covid-19 pandemic," Minister Foley added.


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