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Number of A* grades obtained is double national average - Academy

Dessie Blackadder

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Dessie Blackadder

BALLYMENA Academy is delighted with the success attained by pupils of the school in their ‘AS’ and ‘A’ Level examinations this summer.

Following on from the 2017 results, which were the best results obtained within the school, the young people are celebrating another impressive performance this year.

Once again a very pleasing number of pupils has achieved 3 or more passes at grades A* - C, with the percentage figure of almost 80%, well above the N.I. Grammar School average of 76%.

Remarkably, over three-quarters of the year group achieved at least one ‘A’ grade with the number of A* grades obtained (almost one in five of all examinations sat) being more than double the national average. The results again consolidate the Academy’s reputation for academic excellence as one of Northern Ireland’s top performing schools.

Speaking at the school this morning, the Principal, Mr. Stephen Black, said that above all else this was a day of celebration for pupils and parents.

He congratulated all the young people on their achievements; thanked parents for the considerable part which they play in supporting such success and applauded the school’s teaching and support staff, without whose expertise and commitment such excellent outcomes could not have been achieved.

He said: “While much of the focus will be on ‘A’ level results, the excellent results obtained at ‘AS’ level also bode well for future achievement.

“ From a whole-school perspective it is very encouraging to note the levels of achievement across the school curriculum with almost all subjects in excess of N.I. Grammar School averages at both ‘A’ Level and ‘AS’ Level.

“Whilst the results are extremely pleasing in themselves, more importantly they are empowering young people to gain entry to their chosen pathways, particularly given the demand for university places on many of the courses to which they have applied. As has been the case for many years, young people have gai3ned access to a wide range of courses with many attaining much sought after places at the leading universities in the U.K. and Ireland, including Oxford.

“A great deal of hard work and planning has been invested in such success and the results demonstrate that the school continues to promote very high standards of learning and achievement across the curriculum.

“It is remarkable in this digital age, when they can access results and check university applications on-line, that our young people still come into school to be with their friends and teachers.

“It is a real privilege to share that experience and to sense the strength of this learning community, particularly the culture of achievement and support which is characteristic of every good school.”

Top achievers at ‘A’ Level were as follows:- One pupil, Laura Craig, obtained 4 A* grades.

A further five pupils obtained a combination of 4 A*/A grades – Owen Cavanagh, Charis Hanna, Jack McComb, Catalina McLaughlin and Nataliya Sergeyenkova.

A further twenty-three pupils each obtained a minimum of 3 A*/A grades – Robert Adair, Callum Aiken, Emily Alexander, Abby Berry, Jonathan Browne, Jessica Gregg, Rosanna Holland, Megan Kernohan, Cameron King, Jessica Lowry, Thomas Mauger, Emily McAleese, Joshua McAuley, Rachael McKay, Kirsty McKillop, Will McNeill, Sarah Montgomery, Rachel Moore, Alice Murdock, Georgia Neilly, Shonagh Nelson, Suzanne Reid and Holly Taggart.

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