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Leaving Cert Results 2016 - Guide for Parents

August 15, 2016

Leaving Cert Results 2016: A Guide for Parents parent's guide to the Leaving Cert

This coming Wednesday (17th August) will be one of the most memorable days of your teen's school career; they've been nervously waiting this date the whole summer - even for the past two years! We've put together a quick guide for parents, so you know what's going on and what to expect.

Key Dates

August 17th - Leaving Cert results are out. Check with their school to see when theirs would be available.

August 22nd - First round offers from the CAO from 6AM. Can also be available via post, SMS, and email.

August 29th - First round offers are closed at 5:15PM

Click here to see a full list of important dates with the CAO

Don't Stress! 

The Leaving Cert is important, but don't over-emphasise this! Your teen has had a tough year and has already put the stress of state exams behind them. If they don't get the points they wanted, sit down and look at their next options with them. 

Communicate with them

Your teen will be feeling some pressure and anxieties towards results day. Make sure your home is a place of open communication on the lead up to the big day; talk to them and help ease any worries they might have.

Find out how they will feel if they don't get the points they are hoping for and reassure them that the Leaving Cert does not solely dictate their future... there are lots of options! 

Let them plan the day

Don't rush them in the door of the school straight away.  Talk to them and find out how the want to collect their results. They may want to go in with their friends, they may want a parent nearby, or they may want to do it at home with their laptop. Just make sure they have some credit in their phone and that the battery is fully charged, so they can contact you if they need to. 

Know the options

In case your teen doesn't get their desired points, know their options

What were their second or third choices?

Are there any suitable post leaving cert courses? (short courses provide students with qualifications that may work as a stepping stone towards a higher level course)

What are the processes of repeating the Leaving Cert in their school?


Appealing their results

This option is available to them, so absolutely do it if they feel it is needed. The first step is for them to request their papers from the State Exams Commission. Click here to find out more information about how to view your marked scripts

Please note that only the scripts from the written and aural examinations are returned for viewing and that while viewing their marked scripts is free of charge, there is one to appeal your results and carries a fee of €40 per subject. Click here to find out more information about appealing your results.


Find out how they want to celebrate and come to an agreement early, there is no point in causing an argument over a family meal, when they just want to hang out with their friends after a long year of hard work.  Talk to them and establish exactly what their plans for the evening ahead, make sure their phone has credit, lay down the law for the night, especially if they are under 18. 

Leaving Cert Helpline

Want some extra advice? Any additional questions you need answered? Members of the Institute of Guidance Counselors will be available if you need them by calling 1800 265 165 or by email at

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