GCSE results at St Patrick’s College are their best yet, according to the school principal.
Over 86% of pupils achieved five A*-C grades, said Mrs Anne Mallon.
“The focus at the moment is on literacy and numeracy,” commented Mrs Mallon. “We are proud to announce that our percentage achieving 5A*-C including English and Maths is 64%, an absolutely fantastic achievement and well above the Northern Ireland average for schools of our type.”
Mrs Mallon heaped praise on her pupils and their parents.
“Everyone has worked incredibly hard. Parents have supported their children and our staff. The commitment of all stakeholders has been outstanding.
“We are currently benefiting from major refurbishment. Our pupils are returning to a transformed assembly hall and many other new facilities completed in the summer term.
“Our success in St Patrick’s College proves that when all stakeholders i.e. Governors, SELB, parents, teachers and pupils and our feeder primary schools work together for the common good, enormous potential for improvement can be realised.”
Meanwhile, Banbridge Academy headmaster, Mr Raymond Pollock, was delighted with his school’s GCSE performance.
The school has revealed that of the 194 pupils who sat GCSE examinations this year 66.5% of all entries resulted in the top grades, A*-A and indeed 90.6% were either A*-B.
Just under 98% gained five passes at A*-C, including English and Mathematics with an overall pass rate of 97.7%
Mr Pollock paid tribute to some of his star pupils.
“For Radhika Gupta, Hannah Telford, Jonathan Warnock there were 10 A* grades and Sarah Graham went one better obtaining 10A* and one A. A further 20 students obtained 10A*/A grades.
“Not all students took 10 GCSEs and Zoe Harvey, Jenna McDowell, Megan McKenna and Christopher Sayers, scored A* in each of the nine GCSE subjects they studied, with 29 other pupils gaining a minimum of nine A*-A grades in each of the nine subjects they sat.
“All these results were arrived at by sheer hard work and commitment on the part of our pupils, supported and encouraged by parents who today can feel justifiably proud of these accomplishments.
“We are delighted for all our pupils and we congratulate them on their outstanding achievements and wish them well for the future.”
Mr Pollock also paid tribute to the school’s staff.
He concluded, “I should like also to commend my teaching colleagues in Banbridge Academy who by their dedication, commitment and skill have produced these excellent results at GCSE in 2013 as well as the impressive A-Level and AS results released last week.”