Carrickfergus Grammar School sets ‘new record’

Happy faces on exam results day.
Happy faces on exam results day.

Carrickfergus Grammar School highlighted robust learning and teaching strategies as it celebrated exam achievements on Thursday.

Carrickfergus Grammar School highlighted robust learning and teaching strategies as it celebrated exam achievements on Thursday.

Philip Stewart is heading to AECOM for a WorkPlus apprenticeship for Civil Engineering in Belfast. He got A*, A and B and will be attending Belfast Met and Ulster University on day release.

Philip Stewart is heading to AECOM for a WorkPlus apprenticeship for Civil Engineering in Belfast. He got A*, A and B and will be attending Belfast Met and Ulster University on day release.

Principal James A. Maxwell also drew attention to a new record for the North Road school in his comments on A-Level and AS outcomes.

“Having been placed in league tables in recent months as one of the top two controlled grammar schools in the province for GCSE results, I am delighted that today’s A Level results achieved by our students affirm yet again the very high standards set at this school,” said Mr Maxwell.

“The school has set a new record with an incredible 89.5% of girls achieving three or more A Level passes at A*- C. The percentage of all students – girls and boys – achieving three or more passes at A*- C has risen by almost two percent from last year. Over 96% of students attained two ‘A’ Level passes at A*- C.

“Congratulations to Daniel Alderdice, Jayne Bell, Evie Bennett, Matthew Graham, Sarah Hendawy, Emma Madden, Anna McAteer, Hannah McKay, Connie Smyth, Nathan Swann and Jonathan Wilson who between them attained a magnificent 33 A* and A grades.

Checking results at Carrickfergus Grammar School on Thursday.

Checking results at Carrickfergus Grammar School on Thursday.

“A further nine students attained two A*/A grades in their A Level profile. A total of 75 A*/A grades and 88 B grades were awarded. This strong A*- B profile represents over 70% of all grades awarded – a fantastic achievement.”

The principal continued: “Today’s results consolidate Carrickfergus Grammar School’s position as a leading selective controlled school in Northern Ireland. They are testament not only to the high quality of teaching, but also to the commitment and drive of our students.

“The results are a clear vindication of this school’s unrelenting priority on robust learning and teaching strategies in the classroom.

“Whilst statistics and facts are important, one must also remember that behind all grades lie personal stories, such as a number of students who had to bravely sit their examinations whilst ill or debilitated, or pupils who were coping with the serious illness of loved ones at the time.

Pupils picking up their exam results at Carrickfergus Grammar School.

Pupils picking up their exam results at Carrickfergus Grammar School.

“To all the students who met their potential and more, Carrickfergus Grammar School passes on its sincerest congratulations. You have done us, your families and most importantly yourselves, very proud.

“Our Year 13 AS students have also hit the ground running, with Matty Baxter, Grace Clarke, Rebecca Irvine, Erin Macquarrie, Amy Marshall, Lyndsey Sleator, Jessica Smyth and Katie Sullivan achieving 28 A grades between them, with many more sterling performances from a broad range of subject areas.”

Smiles all round as sixth form pupils find out how they fared in exams.

Smiles all round as sixth form pupils find out how they fared in exams.

Staff were on hand to help pupils with their queries.

Staff were on hand to help pupils with their queries.