In 2019 our students have again excelled and produced a great set of results;
Within our top stream; 98% of all pupils achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE and 98% achieved 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.
When we look the results for the whole year group, which includes a wide range of ability, 83% of the year achieved 5 or more GCSE grades at A*-C and 66% 5 or more grades at A*-C including English and Maths. which compares very favourably with similar all-ability schools in Northern Ireland.
Tops performers include:
In the Dennett Pathway, which consists of traditional Grammar subjects, the top performing girl was Anna Forbes with 9 A* grades and an A grade and the top performing boy was Stephen Browne with 5 A* grades and 5 A grades. Other top achievers included; Alice Sayers, Rhianna Darragh, Finn Hampton, James Aston McCrory and Emma Gamble.
In the Finn Pathway, which contains a mix of academic and vocational subjects, our top performing students included, Emma Britton, Megan Hart, Jordan Dixon and Jack Killen while in our Mourne Pathway, which is mainly vocational, our top performers were Jessica Colhoun, Hayden Bailey and Jamie Donaghey.
We are immensely proud of the achievements of our AS and A2 pupils. Staff and pupils deserve a great deal of praise for all they have accomplished.
Our A level students have again excelled with the majority of our leavers gaining access to their chosen university courses. We wish them every success.
As a school community we celebrate some outstanding individual successes at A Level. Remarkably 11% of students achieved all A*-A grades; this includes Head Girl, Orlagh Falconer who achieved A*A*A*, Fionntan Moore A*A*A, John Mehaffy, Head Boy, achieved A*AA, Jonathan Gamble A*AA and Ryan Millar A*AA. Fionntan, Jonathan and Ryan also achieved an A grade in their AS Further Maths exam.
Also included were a number of high achievers; Kirsty Blair who achieved A*AB grades and Gavin Doherty, Jordan Mealiff and Jack Sayers who all achieved AAB grades.
Overall, there was a 100% pass rate across all subjects areas with 72% of pupils achieving the benchmark 3 or more A*-C grades. Of all A level examinations completed at Strabane Academy, 67% of results achieved were A*-B grades, this is a remarkable statistic!
These results reflect the hard work of our pupils and highlight the dedication and support provided by our staff. We are proud of the diversity of our pupils and recognise that whilst not every pupil can achieve A* grades during their exams, our ethos ensures that every pupil can and does improve on their previous scores and we are extremely proud of every pupil who did improve. It might have been 5 C grades or 7-10 B grades what matters most to us is that it was the very best they could possibly attain; so well done to all of them.
Regardless of the statistics and the league tables, which continue to ignore that fact that we are a unique grammar school that has pupils with a wide range of ability. They do not measure value added or reflect the vast amount of support which is provided by staff; however, the most important outcome is that all the pupils who did their best, whatever the result, deserve our praise and we will continue to focus on every pupil as an individual.
I hope that this information has given you an insight of the great work that is going on daily within our school and will enable you to make a more informed choice when it comes to selecting the right school for your child. If you would like to arrange to come and see around for yourself, please feel free to contact the school office.