‘Pupils have worked with grit and determination’ says Carrick Grammar head

Smiles at Carrickfergus Grammar from Olivia Moore; Hannah Mckay; Robyn Clarke; Connie Smyth; Alannah Moore; Evie Bennett; Sarah Hendawy; Courtney Blair.
Smiles at Carrickfergus Grammar from Olivia Moore; Hannah Mckay; Robyn Clarke; Connie Smyth; Alannah Moore; Evie Bennett; Sarah Hendawy; Courtney Blair.

Carrickfergus Grammar’s GCSE results show what can be achieved by “high quality teaching, supportive parenting, and committed, ambitious young people, principal Kieran Mulvenna has said.

Mr. Mulvenna added: “It was delightful this morning to see so many smiles along with a few tears of joy as the long wait for GCSE results finally came to an end.

A group of Carrickfergus Grammar's GCSE pupils.

A group of Carrickfergus Grammar's GCSE pupils.

“This year, 117 pupils received 1042 GCSE grades across 25 subjects, with almost half of these being A* or A. Indeed with more than three quarters of the grades awarded to Carrickfergus Grammar pupils being no lower than a grade B, we are expecting a strong push for A-level places in the coming year.

“Reflecting the needs of the NI labour market, the STEM subjects of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and technology were all popular choices for this year’s GCSE students and with an average success rate of 98 per cent their grades amply matched their ambitions.

“However, the humanities side of the curriculum remains as solid as ever with English, modern languages and music all producing very strong performances.

“Whilst I am of course extremely proud to be able to say that the single most common GCSE result in Carrickfergus Grammar School this year is a grade A, it is always far more important to realise that this only reflects the success of individual pupils who have worked with grit and determination under their teachers’ guidance.

Successful pupils at Carrickfergus Grammar School.

Successful pupils at Carrickfergus Grammar School.

“Our top student this year is Evie Bennett who achieved a perfect grade profile of 10 A*s, but with ten other girls – Sarah Hendawy, Emma Madden, Connie Smyth, Jayne Bell, Robyn Clarke, Gemma Henry, Anna McAteer, Hannah McKay, Jessica Montgomery and Olivia Moore – amassing a dazzling 48 A*s and 51 A grades between them she will certainly have healthy competition at A-level.

“Despite national misgivings about how males are faring educationally, our boys in Carrickfergus Grammar School have shown that they too have high aspirations: our top achievers this year are Daniel Alderdice and Jonathan Wilson who, along with Dylan Spence Joshua Irvine, Tom McGowan, Jake Neilly, Curtis Patterson, Philip Stewart and Jamie Wharry, have racked up a marvellous total of 27 A*s and 52 grade As between them. Well done boys and girls, well done to all staff across the school, and well done to all the supportive mums and dads who can now stop biting their nails.”