Local pupils celebrate exam results

A delighted group of A2 students at Banbridge Academy celebrate with their teacher, Mrs J Neill.
A delighted group of A2 students at Banbridge Academy celebrate with their teacher, Mrs J Neill.

Local pupils are beginning their celebrations after another year of impressive A level results.

Banbridge Academy hailed their students’ efforts that, they say, are ‘among the best ever obtained’ at the school.

A pass rate of 99 per cent is complimented by figures that 154 pupils, 81.1 per cent, attained grades A* to C in a minimum of three A Levels.

They weren’t the only ones to succeed as 100 per cent of New-Bridge pupils achieved two A Levels with 81 per cent of those at A* to C grades.

Over at St Patrick’s College,just over 70 per cent achieved three AS levels grades A* to C.

At Dromore High School, the percentage of pupils achieving three A* to E grades is almost at 90 per cent.

Meanwhile, an overall pass rate of 96 per cent at the Southern Regional College meant pleasing results, not least for Banbridge ladMatt Quinn, who achieved three A grades in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, Matt is going to study Physics at King’s College, London.

Local MP David Simpson was quick to congratulate those who received the results they wanted and also was keen to remind those who did not that it’s not the end of the world.

He said: “Mid-August has arrived and the worry of thousands of students has come to an end. For many, you will have received results that have exceeded your expectations and you are now on the road to a career path that leads to your life aspirations.

“Whether this leads to University, College or the world of work; I wish you well.

“Unfortunately for some, you have been left disappointed with your results and you are now at a crossroads wondering where your future plans are going.

“There is a fantastic network of advice open to students now and I advise that you take advantage of these services in order for you to reach your potential and meet the goals you have set in life.

“Everyone, regardless of the grades they have received, will have a range of options open to them and it is vital that they discuss those options with their school and find the best path for their future.”