In 2018 our students have again excelled and produced a great set of results;
Within our top stream; 93% of all pupils achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE and 83% 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, 80% of the year achieved 5 or more GCSE grades at A*-C which compares very favourably with similar all-ability schools in Northern Ireland.
Top performers in each of our Pathways included:
In Pathway 1, the top performing girl was Eve Kelly with 6 A grades and 4 B grades and the top performing boy was Jack Kee with 2 A*, 3 A and 5 B grades. Other top performers included; Hanna Darragh, Rachel Crawford, Aileen McGerrigle, Sarah Hetherington, Kerri McCrea, Aine Hunter, Mathew McKittrick, Adam Canning, Matthew Kelly and Luke McCosker
In Pathway 2, our top performing students included; Alexandra Keville, Ben Atcheson, Saskia Burke, Garry Magee, Luke Nelson and Matthew Rutherford.
In Pathway 3 our top performers where Megan Harpur, Elizabeth McGarrigle, Andrew Neill and Jack Mowbray.
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.
Congratulations to our top achievers at A2:
Peter Reid A*A*A* and A in AS Further Maths
Rory Loughery AAA and A in AS Further Maths
Ellie Daly A*AB and A in AS Further Maths
Michael Doherty AAB
Rachel Mayne AAB
Ralph Mealiff A*BB
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.