St. Brendan's Community School

Leaving Certificate Information


The staff of St. Brendan's Community School would like to wish our Leaving Certificate Class of 2020 all the best in receiving their Leaving Certificate results on Monday. We hope that you are happy with your results and wish you well in the next chapter of your life. Our guidance counsellors will be available on Monday via email for any queries you may have - and

Alternatively, the NPCPP Leaving Cert Exam helpline is 1800265165

This information sheet collates and summarises key information for students and parents of the Leaving Certificate class of 2020. This sheet contains information on:

  • calculated grades
  • appealing calculated grades
  • sitting exams in November 2020
  • CAO offers
  • how to access support

All information is correct at the time of publication (01/09/2020). Additional information will become available after the publication of this resource. Students and parents are therefore advised to continue to check for the latest information and updates.

Practical information to begin and focus action

My Examination Number is: _______________________

My CAO Number is: _______________________

My PPS Number is: _______________________

My first choice for this year is: _______________________

My second choice for this year is: _______________________

Additional back-ups / options are: _______________________

Calculated Grades

Available from 9am on 7th September 2020 at the Student Portal on

Students will need their examination number, PPS number and account password.

These grades are OFFERINGS from the Department who are attempting to keep everything as 'on schedule' as possible during the global pandemic

Grades have been through a rigorous statistical process
(similar to what happens every year)

Calculated grades can be used to allow you to progress to any pathway, just like any given year

Teachers may have given different grades than what is finally offered to students. Additional information will be available on student portal from Monday 14th September.

If students are not happy with grades, there are several options/choicesthey can make.

If students choose to sit one or more of the later examinations, the final Leaving Certificate will integrate the higher of the grades

These grades are provided in time for students who have applied through the CAO and the UK’s UCAS for college entry for the 2020/2021 academic year. ​

We do not know on the day of results what the points will be for certain courses

Appealing Calculated Grades

Students can apply to appeal between the 14th and 17th September 2020 (note - this is AFTER the CAO first round of offers) ​

Appeals will be made via the Student Portal on

Information will be added to the Student Portal over the coming days and weeks

Information on what the application involves will be available soon.
Check key websites such as,

All aspects of data processing of calculated grades will be checked
(it does not involve a review of the actual data/marks given to students) ​

If a student is upgraded in line with CAO requirements, they will receive an updated offer

A student may be able to take up the new offer for the year 2020/21 or can start in 2021/22

Key C.A.O. information

Offers will be made available by email / text only i.e. no posted offers

If you need to contact the C.A.O., the best way is to send an email and include your C.A.O. application number

CAO Dates to be aware of:

1th Sept at 2pm: C.A.O. Round 1 offers

16th Sept at 3pm: Acceptance of C.A.O round 1 offers must be returned

18th Sept: Vacant places published by CAO​

23rd Sept: C.A.O. Round 2 offers

25th Sept: Acceptance of Round 2 offers ​

1st Oct: C.A.O. Round 3 offers

6th Oct: Acceptance of Round 3 offers ​

8th Oct: C.A.O. Round 4 offers​

13th Oct: Acceptance of Round 4 offers

HEAR / DARE information available at or contact the individual institution.

Deferral procedures remain the same (consult CAO handbook)

Sitting exams in November

Information will become available as time progresses​​

This is an option designed to accommodate students unsatisfied with grades​​

Students can sit one or all subjects, at their discretion ​​

The higher of the grades will be taken​​

Start date: Monday November 16th​​

Evenings and weekends​​

Written assessment only following the ‘normal’ layout.

Some subjects will include assessment of work submitted prior to school closures (Home Eco / Design and Communication Graphics / Physical Education Activity Project / Engineering)

More information will follow on LCVP and LCA.

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Impact on CAO:
If grades increase, students will be provided with updated CAO offer and start in Autumn 2021. ​​

No impact on fees or student grant

Sources of further information​​

Colleges / University / Institute websites​



For information on apprenticeships


For information on student grants

National Parent Council Leaving Certificate Helpline

For parents and students (7th-12th September)
1800 265 165

Adult Educational Guidance Services

Sources of support

Childline (ISPCC)​

Ireland's 24-hour national listening service for young people up to the age of 18. ​

Freephone 1800 666 666 (any time, day or night)

Text 50101 (from 10am to 4pm every day) ​

Chat online (from 10am to 4pm every day)
Visit for more information


The Jigsaw Support Line is available for free mental health support and advice to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and parents or concerned adults in Ireland. ​

Freephone 1800 544729 (from 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday) ​

Text CALL ME to 086 180 3880, giving your preferred day and time for a call
(from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) ​

Email (for responses from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) ​

Visit www.jigsaw.i e or for more information​


Barnardos provide a national telephone support service for parents, in response to the challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Freephone 1800 910 123 from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. ​​ provides a wide range of articles and information for young people, on many different topics, including mental health. ​

Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280 to chat to a trained volunteer
(standard message rates may apply) ​

Visit for more information​

Pieta House​

Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. ​

Call free on 1800 247 247​

Text help to 51444​

Visit for more information​

Other Information

e.g. who in the school may be contacted if there are queries – when and how may they be contacted?

e.g. what information will be available on the school website?

e.g. any other information for parents / students

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