Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement

Friday, February 23rd proved to be an historic day at Loreto Secondary School, as current Transition Year and Fifth Years students were, for the first time, presented with their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) certificates.

In line with the implementation of the new Framework for Junior Cycle, the JCPA has replaced the Junior Certificate. Like the Junior Certificate, the JCPA recognises achievement in examinations. More than that however, it also certifies continuous Classroom Based Assessments and acknowledges participation in, and commitment to Other Areas of Learning, such as Choir, Hockey, Football, Model United Nations, Green Schools, and much more.

Awarding the JCPA in this way seeks to recognise not only the knowledge that students’ acquire in their First, Second and Third Years of school, but also their experiences and the skills developed. This is reflective of a rebalancing of the Junior Cycle curriculum, which aims to make the learning experience more engaging and student centred, creating life-long, resilient learners, who are ready for both Senior Cycle, further education, and the world of work.