Cullybackey students excel

Claire Tennyson


Claire Tennyson

SIXTH Form students at Cullybackey College arrived Thursday, August 16 to collect their results and to celebrate their successes in the recent A-Level examinations.

A superb 94% of students achieved at least 2 A-Level passes in their examinations with over 63% of students achieving a Grade C or above.

Again this year, ten out of the ten students who studied Sports Studies achieved the top grade of a Distinction Star.

In order to achieve this award, students have to achieve a delicate balance between classwork, portfolios and practical work – where they have to be actively involved in coaching some element of Sports.

This was also the last year that students could be entered for Applied A-Levels such as Applied ICT and Health and Social Care and many students were able to achieve top performances in both of these subjects.

There were a number of impressive performances across the student body:

Samuel Hutchinson achievedA* in Sport, A* in Business and a grade B in History; Steven Toner worked consistently hard throughout sixth form and received A*in Sport, A in Business and a C in ICT; Zoe McGuckin showed how hard work and dedication can pay off by achieving A* in Sport, B in ICT and B in Health and Social Care; Steven McLeister and Megan Ross both achieved A*BC – Steven was specially commended for his superb work in Art and Megan achieved her top grade in Sport; and Jason McPeake achieved A* in Sport and an A in Construction. Jason attended the NRC as part of the BLT Curriculum Collaboration over the last two years.

Many of our pupils will now be embarking on a wide range of university courses in the coming weeks as they embark on the next chapter in their lives.

College Principal, Mr David Donaldson noted that, “The achievements of our students is reflective of their hard work, the hard work of their teachers and the on-going support and encouragement of their families. Success for all within the College is witnessing pupils come to the end of their time with us having fulfilled their potential. Today we celebrate their success.”

Vice Principal, Mr Tim Manson, highlighted the effort that many students had put into their portfolios and in studying hard for their examinations. He noted,

“Many of our students have been successful this year due to their dedication, determination and resilience in preparing fully for the exams. A-Level examinations are extremely challenging and students need to be fully prepared.

Success requires sacrifice and our students have been rewarded with the grades that they deserve.”

Mr Donaldson continued, “We are delighted to celebrate these results with our students and we want to wish them the best for the next step in their lives. Teachers and support staff have worked hard to ensure that the school ethos has ‘created opportunities for success’.

We would also like to acknowledge the success of our students in accessing collaborative courses through Ballymena Learning Together – especially with the NRC and Dunclug College, where our students were supported to achieve high grades in Mathematics, Construction and Environmental Technology.”

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