Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Leaving Certificate Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) 2021
The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has introduced a facility to allow Leaving Certificate
candidates to confirm their subject and level entry details online through the Candidate Self
Service Portal, and to indicate whether they want to take the examinations, or to receive SEC
Accredited Grades, or both.
The Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) is a service provided by the State Examinations
Commission (SEC) and the Department of Education for 6th year candidates entered for the
2021 Leaving Certificate.
The Candidate Portal will open at 12 Noon on Wednesday 10 th March and close at 6 pm
on Tuesday 16 th March.
The Leaving Certificate Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) can be accessed
at www.examinations.ie or www.gov.ie/LeavingCertificate. Click on ‘Leaving Certificate
Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) 2021’.
To assist Candidates the SEC has prepared a step by step ‘Before You Start Guide’ which is
attached, and we are requesting that you and your son read this Guide and the important
information before your son starts the registration process on the Candidate Self Service Portal.
Please also read the Leaving Certificate Short Information for Students, Parents and
On this portal, the students will indicate whether they want to take the state examinations, or
receive Accredited Grades, or both. They will also be able to confirm their subjects and level
In order to be able to register they will need their candidate exam number (provided to them
last week), their PPSN and their date of birth.
******Should your son require some help to complete this compulsory process, Ms
Fitzpatrick and Ms Mazzucato will be available on Monday 8 th during Tutorial Class.******
Wednesday Afternoon ‘Trial Exams’:
During our last 6th Year Assembly, students expressed an interest to have the option of ‘trial
runs’ to prepare for the June examinations. Therefore it was decided that, in order to provide
students with an opportunity to experience sitting Leaving Cert papers under examination
conditions, we would offer them the possibility to sit some papers on Wednesday afternoons
outside of class times (timetable will be posted on 6th Yr Tutorial Google Classroom).
Please remember that these exams are completely optional and WILL NOT form any part
of their Accredited Grades.
Leaving Certificate Oral Examinations / Practical Examinations:
Oral Examinations in Gaeilge and the Modern Foreign Languages will be taking place in school
between 26 th March and 15 th April. The exact dates for each will be communicated to students
officially after closure of the portal on Tuesday.
Practical examinations for Construction Studies have been cancelled.
For further information on the arrangements for the Leaving Cert exams and Accredited Grades
process, please refer to ‘ A Guide to State Examinations and Accredited Grades for Leaving
Certificate 2021.’ (see attached)
Subjects studied outside school:
Ms Mazzucato has already made phone/email contact with all parents and students taking an
extra subject outside of school. If your son intends to request an Accredited Grade / sit the
Leaving Cert exam in a subject studied outside school and you have NOT been contacted by Ms
Mazzucato yet, please ensure you contact her by return email.
Attendance, uniform and respect of Covid 19 Protocols:
It is also important to continue to encourage your son to be Covid compliant at all times both
inside and outside the school. We want to keep the virus out of the school and to ensure the
health and wellbeing of all our students and staff. We also ask for your cooperation to ensure
that your son comes to school on time, everyday and in full uniform.
As always your support and cooperation is very much appreciated.
Siobhán Foster - Principal
Emilie Mazzucato - Year Head