The best A-level results in the 55-year history of Carrickfergus Grammar were achieved by the school’s Year 14 pupils last Thursday.
Principal Kieran Mulvenna reported an overall pass rate of 97 per cent and more than 80 per cent of pupils reaching A*-C grades.
Mr. Mulvenna said: “Whilst a school’s academic success is measured in numbers by the Department of Education, every teacher and parent knows that although numbers count, what counts far more are the life chances of every young person.
“Numbers might sit in tables annually but parents’ sons and daughters sit at desks daily: they have only one chance at their education and it is a school’s responsibility to see that they seize it with both hands. This is certainly the case in BT38 in 2017.
“Together our pupils have amassed well over 100 top A*/A grades with 16 students scoring nothing other than an A grade and 45 scoring nothing lower than a grade B. Indeed two pupils, Emma Cooper and Simon Gregory, have deservedly picked up seven A* grades between them, a truly outstanding achievement in anyone’s book.
“I am truly delighted for our pupils, their parents, and the dedicated staff from every corner of the school for together they have produced the very best A-level results in the school’s 55-year history.
“In short, I could not be prouder of our Year 14 pupils’ achievements, nor of my colleagues’ work.
“Our Year 13 AS students must now meet the challenge of matching this exceptional level of success, and with hard work in the coming year, this is well within their reach: with Rachel Abraham, Nicole Alderdice, Megan Davis, Bethany Fulton, Victoria Johnston, Zara Logan, Jessica Marshall, Lauren McAllister, Holly McCormack and Cara Rose all achieving at least three top A grades each and Hannah Fugard and Stef Meucci hitting the jackpot with four A grades apiece there is talent aplenty to build on in the terms to come.”
Mr. Mulvenna added: “The collaborative work of Carrickfergus Learning Community continues to enrich the menu of opportunities from which pupils in our borough can now nourish their future prospects and I also pay tribute to the work of my colleagues in Carrickfergus College, Downshire Community School and Ulidia Integrated College.”